Leaving Home: Stories about Immigration, Migration, and the Diaspora —Emily R. Aguiló-Pérez Charles, Veronika Martenova. The Land Beyond the Wall: $19.95 hc. ISBN 9781773061382. An Immigration Story. Nimbus, 2017. 32 pp. $22.95 hc. Morales, Yuyi. Dreamers. Porter, 2018. 40 pp. $18.99 hc. ISBN 9781771084659. ISBN 978082344055. Díaz, Junot. Islandborn. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa, Tran-Davies, Nhung N. Ten Cents a Pound. Illustrated by Penguin, 2018. 48 pp. $17.99 hc. ISBN 9780735229860. Josée Bisaillon, Second Story, 2018. 24 pp. $18.95 hc. Gay, Marie-Louise. Mustafa. Groundwood, 2018. 40 pp. ISBN 9781772600568. Current discourses about immigrants and refugees tend to characterize those leaving their homelands as criminals, monsters, and not deserving of being in the place to which they have migrated. In his introduction to a special issue of Children’s Literature Association Quarterly on migration, refugees, and diaspora, Philip Nel notes that in 2018 “244 million people live outside the country of their birth. Of that number, 65.6 million have been forced to leave their homes. Nearly 22.5 million are refugees” (357). Now more than ever, we need books that depict these experiences and that humanize the children and families who endure difficult situations in search of a better life or in search
Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures – University of Winnipeg
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