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Children's Literature About Refugees : A Catalyst in the Classroom

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This seminar addresses issues discussed in Julia's book which addresses one of our most pressing global issues – often called “the migrant crisis” – in a form accessible to younger children. For child refugees to feel that their experiences are validated, and for others to understand their situation, engaging with the growing field of children’s texts on the subject is crucial. Teachers also need to be encouraged to find ways in to tackle such challenging topics, with fiction providing the perfect catalyst. In exploring the use of Mary Hoffman’s The Colour of Home and Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth in the classroom, this book is indispensable for educators in the younger age range, and for researchers who are interested in controversial children’s literature.

Julia Hope is Head of Programme for the MA in Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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