Immigrant|Refugee Books

Immigrant & Refugee Experience Books

A Modest List (in progress) to be sure here, and industry-wide. I’ve noticed a definite increase in books related to refugee experiences these past two years. note: *=I’ve read it. my pinterest board.

organized into: picture book, juvenile novel, juvenile graphic novel, juvenile/teen non-fiction, ya novels, ya graphic novels, for grown-ups, grown-up graphic novels, grown-up non-fiction.


Agee, Jon. The Wall in the Middle of the Book.

*Andros, Camille. Illus. Julie Morstad. The Dress and the Girl. [Greek Island/US]

*Arias, Patricia de. Laura Borràs, illus.  Marwan’s Journey [?, transl. from Spanish]

Buitrago, Jairo. Rafael Yockteng, Illus., Elisa Amado, transl.  Two White Rabbits [Mexico/US, transl. from Spanish]

Bunting, Eve. Ted Lewin, illus. One Green Apple. [? (Muslim)/US]

*Choi, Yangsook.  The Name Jar [Korea/US]

Danticat, Edwidge, Leslie Staub, illus. Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation. [Haiti/US]

Del Rizzo, Suzanne. My Beautiful Birds. [Syria/?]

González Hoang, Zara. A New Kind of Wild [rural/urban like Puerto Rico/NYC]

Hoffman, Mary. Karin Littlewood, Illus.  The Colour of Home [Somalia/England]

Hosseini, Khaled. Illus. Dan Williams. Sea Prayer.

*Kim, Patti. Sonia Sanchez, Illus.  Here I Am [Asia/NYC]

Kobald, Irena. Freya Blackwood, Illus.  My Two Blankets [?/?]

*Maclear, Kyo. Rashin Kheiriyeh. Story Boat [?/?]

*Meddour, Wendy. Daniel Egnéus, Illus. Lubna and Pebble [?/?]

Munsch, Robert N., Saoussan Askar. Rebecca Green, Illus.  From Far Away [Lebanon/Canada]

*Newman,  Lesléa. Amy June Bates, Illus. Gittel’s Journey. [Europe/NYC, Jewish HF]

O’Brien, Anne Sibley.  I’m New Here [Somalia, Guatemala, & Korea/US]

Phi, Bao. Illus. Thi Bui. A Different Pond [Vietnam/Minneapolis]

Polacco, Patricia. The Keeping Quilt. [Russian Jewish]

Raúf, Onjali Q. The Boy at the Back of the Class


*Robinson, Christian. Another [?/?]

*Ruurs, Margriet. Nizar Ali Badr, Illus.  Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey [Syria/Europe]

*Sanna, Francesca. Me and My Fear [?/US?]

*Sanna, Francesca.  The Journey [?/?]

Say, Alan. Grandfather’s Journey. [Japan, US]

Surat, Michele Maria. Vo-Dinh Mai. Angel Child, Dragon Child. [Vietnam/US]

*Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale [Mexico/US]

Williams, Karen Lynn, Khadra Mohammed. Doug Chayka, Illus.  Four Feet, Two Sandals [Afghanistan/Pakistan]

Williams, Karen Lynn, Khadra Mohammed. Catherine Stock, Illus.  My Name Is Sangoel [Sudan/US]

Yaccarino, Dan. All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel. [Italy/US]

Young, Rebecca. Illus. Matt Ottley. Teacup [?/?]


*Agosín, Marjorie.  I Lived on Butterfly Hill [Chile/US].

*Alvarez, Julia.  Return to Sender [Mexico/Vermont]

Applegate, Katherine.  Home of the Brave [Africa/Minnesota]

Cottrell Boyce, Frank.  The Unforgotten Coat [Mongolia/Liverpool]

Ellis, Deborah.  Mud City [Afghanistan/Pakistan]

Fleming, Candace. Lowji Discovers America. [Bombay/Illinois]

Flores-Galbis, Enrique.  90 Miles to Havana [Cuba/Miami]

Fraillon, Zana. The Bone Sparrow. [Rohingya/Australia]

*Gratz, Alan. Refugee. [Germany, Cuba, Syria/Puerto Rico, US, Germany]

*Hiranandani, Veera. The Night Diary. [Pakistan/India]

*Lai, Thanhha.  Inside Out & Back Again [Vietnam/Alabama] (in verse)

Lombard, Jenny.  Drita, My Homegirl [Kosovo/NYC]

Park, Linda Sue.  A Long Walk to Water [Sudan/US]

Pérez, Celia C.  The First Rule of Punk [Mexico/Chicago]

*Pinkney, Andrea Davis.  The Red Pencil [Sudan] (in verse)

Rose, Judith Robbins.  Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco [Mexico/US]

Ross, Susan L.  Kiki and Jacques [Somalia/Maine]

*Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  Esperanza Rising [Mexico/California]

Senzai, N. H.  Escape from Aleppo. [Syria/?]

Senzai, N. H.  Shooting Kabul [Afghanistan/SF]

Yang, Kelly. Front Desk [China/California]


Garland, Sarah.  Azzi in Between [?/England]

*Tan, Shaun. The Arrival

*Colfer, Eoin. Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano. Illegal. [Ghana/Europe]


Borden, Louise. Illus. Allan Drummond. The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margaret & H.A. Rey [France/]

Bunting, Eve.  How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story [Caribbean/US]

Cha, Dia. Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey to Freedom [Laos/Thailand, US]

Coy, John. Wing Young Huie, Photog.  Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in A New Land [immigrants to US]

Dominguez, Angela.  Sing, Don’t Cry [Mexico/US]

Ellis, Deborah.  Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees [Iraq, Jordan, Syria]

Greder, Armin. Mediterranean. [Europe] 8+

Kuntz, Doug. Lost and Found Cat: The true Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey [Iraq/Greece]

Leatherdale, Mary Beth. Illus. Eleanor Shakespeare. Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees.

McCarney, Rosemary A.  Where Will I Live? [Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Niger, Hungary, Jordan, & Greece, etc]

Milway, Katie Smith. Illus. Shane W. Evans. The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World [Tanzania]

Mochizuki, Ken. Illus. Dom Lee. Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story [Lithuania/Japan]

+Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother. [Honduras/US]

+Saedi, Sara. Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card. [Iran/US]

St. John, Warren. Outcasts United: The Story of  a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town. [multiple/Georgia]

Ventura, Marne. Beidi Guo, Illus.  Kunkush: The True Story of A Refugee Cat [Iraq/Greece]

Williams, Mary. Illus. R. Gregory Christie. Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan [Sudan/]

Winter, Jeanette.  The World Is Not A Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid [Baghdad]


Abawi, Atia. A Land of Permanent Goodbyes. [Syria/Turkey, Greece]

Abdel-Fattah, Randa. When Michael Met Mina. [Afghanistan/Australia]

Buss, Fran Leeper; w/ Daisy Cubias. Journey of the Sparrows. [El Salvador/Mexico, US] 10-14

Farish, Terry. The Good Braider. [Sudan/ Cairo, Maine] (in verse)

Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. [E. Prussia]

Zoboi, Ibi. American Street. [Haiti/US]


Brown, Don. The Unwanteds: Stories of the Syrian Refugees


Adams, Lorraine. Harbor. [Algeria/Boston]

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah [Nigeria/US]

Akpan, Uwem. Say You’re One of Them: short stories. [African refugees]

Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits. [Chile/Venezuela]

Alyan, Hala. Salt Houses. [Iraq/US]

Bassingthwaighte, Ian. Live from Cairo. [Iraq/Cairo]

Bulawayo, NoViolet. We Need New Names [Zimbabwe/US]

Chabon, Michael The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay [Czech/?]

Chang, Jade. The Wangs Vs. the World [China/US]

Cleave, Chris. Little Bee [Nigeria/England]

Clemmons, Zinzi. What We Lose. [South Africa/US]

Cole, Teju. Open City. [Nigeria/NYC]

Doerr, Anthony. All the Light We Cannot See. [Germany/France]

Eggers, Dave. What is the What [Sudan/Ethiopia, US]

Gibb, Camilla. Sweetness in the Belly. [Ethiopia/London]

Grande, Reyna. Across A Hundred Mountains. [Mexico/US]

Gundar-Goshen. Waking Lions [Eritrean/Israel?]

Gyasi, Yaa. Homegoing [Ghana/US]

*Hamid, Mohsin. Exit West. [?/eventually US]

Hemon, Aleksandar. The Book of My Lives. [Sarajevo/Chicago]

Henriquez, Cristina. The Book of Unknown Americans. [Panama, Mexico/US]

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. [Kabul/Pakistan, California]

Kadare, Ismail. The Palace of Dreams. [Albania/]

Khakpour, Porochista. The Last Illusion [Iran/NY]

Ko, Lisa. The Leavers [China/US]

Kwok, Jean. Girl in Translation. [Hong Kong/Brooklyn]

Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies.[India/US] (short stories)

Lee, Min Jin. Pachinko [Korea/Japan]

Mbue, Imbolo. Behold the Dreamers [Cameroon/Harelem]

Mengestu, Dinaw. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears [Ethiopia/

Washington, DC]

Nayeri, Dina. Refuge. [Iran/US]

Némirovsky, Irène. Suite Française. [France/]

Nguyen, Bich Minh. Pioneer Girl [Vietnam/Chicago]

Nguyen, Viet Thanh. The Refugees. [Vietnam/US] (short stories)

Novic, Sara. Girl at War [Yugoslavia/NY]

Satyal, Rakesh. No One Can Pronounce My Name. [India/US]

Sekaran, Shanthi. Lucky Boy [Mexio, India/US]

Shamsie, Kamila. Home Fire. [London/US]

Sirees, Nihad. The Silence and the Roar. [Syria/]

Tobar, Hector. The Barbarian Nurseries [Mexico/LA]

Wieringa, Tommy. These Are the Names. [?/Holland]


Abdelrazaq, Leila. Baddawi [Palestine/Lebanon]

Bui, Thi. The Best We Could Do. [Vietnam/US]

Greder, Armin. The Island.

Spiegelman, Art. Maus [German/US] NF

Satrapi, Marjane Persepolis [Iran] NF


Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone [Sierra Leone/ ]

Deng, Benson. Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak, Judy A. Bernstein. They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan [Sudan]

Gourevitch, Philip. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families. Stories. [Rwanda/?]

Moorehead, Caroline. Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees [all over]

Rawlence, Ben. City of Thorns. [?/Kenya]

Wamariya, Clemantine, Elizabeth Weil. The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After [Rwanda/eventually Chicago]


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