• In many conversations with reading mediators, volunteers, teachers, and practitioners, we have been consistently asked to share a list of picturebooks that would be useful in a wide range of contexts. We have created a database that includes picturebooks trialled and used by different members of our network with great success in their respective communities. These books are rich in content, invite exploration and critical reflection, and offer generative ways of addressing a series of key themes that our communities may relate to: silence, tolerance, language barriers, gender, self-discovery, resilience. As you explore the database, you will encounter many more themes that you may decide to explore with your own group of readers.

    The database includes titles in English, Arabic and Spanish because these are primarily the contexts in which we have developed our work. We hope that you will take a look at all of these titles, including those in a language other than the one you may be familiar with. The database is a common repository where you can contribute to with new titles in languages that may not be represented at the moment. If you would like to make some suggestions, do not hesitate to send us your book recommendations. You can do it by posting a blog story on how you used a particular book in the Mediators’ section, or by contacting us directly.

    If you encounter a new title and wonder if the book meets the needs of your community, you may want to consult our Criteria for Selection. During the project, we have been asked for guidance on how to select rich picturebooks suitable for various contexts. If you work with a group of migrants or recently displaced children, careful selection of texts may have a great impact on the response and engagement level of your participants. The Criteria for Selection have been informed by our research, experience and feedback received from colleagues and practitioners over the course of this project. These are meant to support your decision-making process and to provide guidance on how to recognize and engage with high-quality texts.

Picturebooks

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

"Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them."-Publisher's Description

Themes:
Migration
Adversity
Journeys
Family

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

"Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind."-Publisher's Blurb

Themes:
Child-Parent Relationships
Ecology
Exploration

Jimena Pérez puede volar/ Jimena Pérez Can Fly

"A narrative poem... that captures the fear that drives so many Central Americans to flee their countries and the anguish created by separating children from their parents at the US border. "- Publisher's Description

Themes:
Adversity
Family
Migration

The Heart and the Bottle

"Once there was a girl whose life was filled with wonder at the world around her… Then one day something happened that made the girl take her heart and put it in a safe place. However, after that it seemed that the world was emptier than before. But would she know how to get her heart back?"- Publisher's Description

Themes:
Bereavement
Emotions

Flashlight

"Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images,  a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art." - Publisher's Website

Themes:
Adventure
Exploration
Art
Nature

Tomorrow

Yazan no longer goes to the park to play, and he no longer sees his friend who lives next door. Everything around him is changing. His parents sit in front of the television with the news turned up LOUD and Yazan's little red bike leans forgotten against the wall. Will he ever be able to go outside and play? An uplifting story about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict, and the strength of family love.

Themes:
Adversity
Hope
Family

Sidewalk Flowers

"A little girl collects wild flowers while her distracted father pays her - and their surroundings - little attention. Each flower the little girl gathers becomes a gift for a person or animal, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. An ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures"- From the Publisher's Description

Themes:
Giving
Journeys
Encounter
Urban Neighbourhoods

Lubna and Pebble

"Lubna's best friend is a pebble. She found it on the beach when they arrived in the night, then she fell asleep in Daddy's salty arms. Lubna tells Pebble everything... Pebble always listens to her stories and smiles when she feels afraid. But when a lost little boy arrives in the World of Tents, Lubna understands that he needs Pebble even more than she does . . ."-Publisher's Description

Themes:
Adversity
Friendship
Migration
Emotions

Pool

"What happens when two shy children meet at a very crowded pool? Dive in to find out! Deceptively simple, this masterful book tells a story of quiet moments and surprising encounters, and reminds us that friendship and imagination have no bounds."- Publisher's Description

Themes:
Friendship
Imagination

Migrants

"With forceful simplicity, Migrants narrates the journey of a group of animals leaving a leafless forest. Borders must be crossed, sacrifices made, loved ones left behind."- Publisher's blurb

Themes:
Migration
Adversity

Dreamers

"We are resilience. We are hope. We are dreamers." When Yuyi Morales came to the United States in 1994 with her infant son, she left behind nearly everything she owned but she didn't come empty-handed. Dreamers is a celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history. It's the story of finding your way in a new place, of navigating an unfamiliar world and finding the best parts of it. In dark times, it's a promise that you can make better tomorrows.- Publisher's blurb

Themes:
Migration
Home and Home-Making
Literacy
Hope

أكبر منزل في العالم

ينصحه والد الحلزون بإبقاء منزله صغيراً ويخبره بما حدث لالحلزون الذي نما قشرة كبيرة ومذهلة. درس مكتوب مع الرسوم التوضيحية للفنان التي تجمع بين اللون والتعبير ية مع حساسية دقيقة للتواصل مع الطفولة ورغباتهم.

المواضيع:
عائلة
الصفحة الرئيسية

بطة، الموت والتوليب

يأتي دائماً وقت عندما يتساءل الطفل عن الموت الآباء يعرفون هذا، ولكن نادرا ما يكون لديهم إجابة بسيطة ومقنعة جاهزة. شخصية الموت في هذا الكتاب من Erlbruch هو رفيق صامت وطفيف مثل ريشة، الحاضر دائما على الرغم من أننا لم نتصور ذلك: لفترة طويلة، لاحظت البطة شيئا غريبا. - من أنت؟ لماذا تتبعني عن كثب وبهدوء؟ أجابه الموت، "أنا سعيد لأنك رأيتني أخيراً. أنا الموت".

المواضيع:
الموت
الفلسفه
الحياه

The biggest house in the world

A snail's father advises him to keep his house small and tells him what happened to a snail that grew a large and spectacular shell. A lesson written with an artist's illustrations that combine color and expressiveness with a delicate sensitivity to connect with childhood and their desires.

Themes:
Family
House

Owl Babies

When three baby owls awake one night alone in a dark forest to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is and when she’ll return. Stunning illustrations from unique and striking perspectives capture the spooky forest and reflect the many emotions that beset these endearing owls.

Themes:
Fear
Family

Words in my suitcase

Have you ever thought about what would happen if, suddenly, one night, everything around you started to change. Imagine you had to leave your school, your friends, your toys, your house, your city, your country. And what if, to this new adventure, you could only carry what fits in a suitcase? Are words the best fit in your luggage?

Themes:
Migration
Empathy
Strength
Tolerance

The big question

The cat, the baker, the grandmother, a pilot, a stone, a duck, many more, and in the end, the mother. Everyone provides their own answer to the big question. Who makes it? A child, probably. And each one, as he grows up, will find new answers.

Themes:
Death
Life
Philosophy

Dummy Image

The big question

The cat, the baker, the grandmother, a pilot, a stone, a duck, many more, and in the end, the mother. Everyone provides their own answer to the big question. Who makes it? A child, probably. And each one, as he grows up, will find new answers.

Themes:
Death
Life
Philosophy

The Word Collector

Luna is passionate about words. She loves their light and becomes tickled with laughter from them. But one day she realizes that little by little, the beautiful, magnificent and fun words are disappearing from the world – so she decides it's time to act. A poetic tale of the magic of the word, about the help it can provide and the power it has when it is positive. Sonja Wimmer's text and poetic illustrations invite readers of all ages to follow this wonderful story in a playful, original and fun way.

Themes:
Language
Respect

Kassunguilà

Kassunguilà is a small fish that lives at the bottom of the sea under the cover of an umbrella, until one day a terrible storm rips it from its peaceful life and begins a journey to regain peace and self-confidence.

Themes:
Travel
Changes
Self-esteem

Jack and Death

From a traditional British tale, Tim Bowley introduces us to this version of the existence and acceptance of death.

Themes:
Death
Duel

Duck, Death and the Tulip

There always comes a time when the child wonders about death. Parents know this, but they rarely have a simple and convincing answer ready. The character of death in this book of Erlbruch is a silent and slight companion like a feather, always present although we did not perceive it: for a long time, the duck noticed something strange. -who are you? Why are you following me so closely and quietly? Death answered him, "I'm glad you've finally seen me. I'm death."

Themes:
Death
Life
Philosophy

The Book of Pigs

Children and father do not help with the housework so one day the mother decides to leave. She won't come back until she's got the help of the pigs.

Themes:
Family
Respect
Cooperation
Home

I’m happy, I don’t worry. I’m the one who’s worried about the world.

From my childhood, I've always been a worried kid. There were a lot of things I was worried about, but I found that there weren't really many things worth worrying about. On the other hand, if I didn't care about anything, suddenly everyone cared. Deep down, in this life, whether you care or not, the truth is that others are going to worry.

Themes:
Emotions

أمجد في أن تكون … أو لا يكون

ذات مرة... قصة عن أمجد الحكيم، عن أحلامه ومحاولاته، طموحاته وإرادته. تبدأ القصة عندما يبدأ أمجد في التفكير في ما سيصبح عليه عندما يكبر. في محاولاته المختلفة أن يكون أو لا يكون، وقال انه يكسر ساقه، وقال انه يشتري حمار، وقال انه يجعل تمثال من الطين وتقريبا بيعه إلى عميل.

المواضيع:
اكتشاف الذات
أحلام وطموحات
المثابر
دعابة

الوحش

عندما استيقظت أمل، لم تتخيل أبداً أنها ستلتقي بهذا الوحش. ماذا فعلت به؟ كيف قاومته؟ هل هو مخيف حقاً؟ ما الذي جعله يأتي ويظهر لها؟

المواضيع:
الإبداع
الكسل
جاري الكتابة
إدارة الوقت

أريد أن أبكي

على الرغم من أن الحياة تستمر من حوله، صبي صغير يكافح للتعامل مع فقدان والده.

المواضيع:
الثكل
حزن
الحب ، نماذج الدور والابتسام

Dummy Image

كابتن شيرين

تريد شيرين أن تلعب كرة القدم مع شادي وكريم وخالد، لكن كريم يضحك عليها ويقول لها إن الفتيات لا يعرفن كيف يلعبن. هم يقرّر أن ينظّم نظير بين البنات وفتى. ماذا سيحدث خلال التدريب واللعبة؟

المواضيع:
كرة القدم
جنس
المعرفة