Ceri Roberts, Illustrated by Hanane Kai - All books by this author
Children in Our World - All books in this series
With our 24/7 news cycle and constant access to the latest headlines, the world can be a scary place. Now imagine you’re a child trying to make sense of it all! What does this news mean? How does it affect me? That’s where Children in Our World can help. This beautifully illustrated non-fiction series takes a timely look at today’s biggest issues and sensitively explains the crises that dominate the news in an appropriate way for young children. Each book uses relatable comparisons, carefully researched text, and striking illustrations to help kids understand the many difficulties that children just like them face in the world today. Refugees and Migrants discusses the questions “What does it mean to be a refugee—or a migrant? Why would people leave their homes?” It answers kids’ questions, offers reassurance, and empowers them with ways they can help those affected. Where issues are not appropriate to describe in words, award-winning illustrator Hanane Kai uses a deft hand to create powerful illustrations that help children visualize the people impacted by poverty, hunger, war, racism, and more. All of the images are sensitively rendered and perfectly suited for younger children. These books are an excellent cross-curricular resource—use them to explore these important issues and tie them into discussions about food, wealth, compassion, empathy, and current affairs. (Ages 6–10)
From the Reviews:
"How do you raise empathetic children? I believe that you raise empathetic children by inviting many kinds of people into your home, practicing grace and empathy in your daily life, and by helping children understand that there are many kinds of people and that because we are very fortunate, we must help those who are not so fortunate. I was particularly interested in the book Refugees and Migrants, because of my activities with Justice for our Neighbor, which is a ministry of the United Methodist Church. Additionally, my grandchildren have refugee children in their classrooms, so they wonder about them and don't understand why they don't speak English and need special help in their classrooms. I found this book to be very helpful in explaining difficult experiences to children. The text is easy to read with a topic on each page. Some of the topics are Leaving Home Behind, How Do They Travel, and Talk about Your Worries. The last two pages of text in the book allows children to "talk about it" and How Can You Help? These are important additions to a fact-based book because children are naturally empathetic and want to help. I also appreciated that there is a table of contents, a glossary, and an index in each book. A valuable addition to any elementary classroom and social studies curriculum."
Miriam Downey, The Cyberlibrarian, http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.com
About The Author:
Ceri Roberts is a magazine journalism lecturer, editor and freelance writer who specialises in features, reports and opinion pieces, writing for a range of publications including Grazia, Cosmopolitan and The Times Weekend.
About The Illustrator:
Hanane Kai is an award-winning illustrator based in Lebanon. She expresses herself through the visuals she creates, and hopes with every illustration to touch her audience, leaving them with a certain feeling or message. In 2016, Tongue Twisters, a work she illustrated, won the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi New Horizons award, which celebrates publishing excellence of children's publishing in developing markets.
Paperback / 32 Pages / 8 11/16 x 8 11/16 / 2017