My Name Is Not Refugee by Kate Milner

By Kate Milner ISBN: 9781911370062

One day, a mother tells her young son that they must say goodbye to their friends and leave home and walk a very long way. On their journey the little boy sees new things and hears different languages he cannot understand. The places he sleeps change and so does the food. The title of this book,¬† ‘My Name is not Refugee’ reaches out with a key message for all. This thoughtful, moving book explains the refugee crisis and highlights the experiences of children affected and displaced in an accessible way.

This book contains well chosen, age appropriate questions that are addressed to the child reading the book. These questions make it a useful text to get children thinking about social action activities that they may want to lend their voice to. The questions draw you in and develop thinking, empathy and informed understanding.

At TLN we have used this book and these questions in classrooms and assemblies and have found that it has great impact and leads to thoughtful conversations.