World Refugee Day booklist

- Book List - World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.

Picture Books

The colour of home by Mary Hoffman

The little refugee by Anh Do with Suzanne Do, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

A safe place to live written and illustrated by Bic Walker

The treasure box by Margaret Wild

A true person by Gabiann Marin, illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

Junior Fiction

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Azzi in Between written and illustrated by Sarah Garland

Then by Morris Gleitzman

Boy overboard by Morris Gleitzman

Mohammed’s journey : a refugee diary by Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young, illustrated by June Allen

Refugee by Jackie French

The silver sword by Ian Serraillier

The un-forgotten coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Teenage Fiction

After by Morris Gleitzman

The ink bridge by Neil Grant

On two feet : one boy’s amazing story of survival by Abbas Kazerooni

Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai


Above the Starry Frame by Helen Townsend

A Band of Steel by Rosie Goodwin

Lightning by Felicity Volk

The orchard of lost souls by Nadifa Mohamed

Ru by Kim Thuy

The shadow girls by Henning Mankell

Transactions by Ali Alizadeh


The boy who wouldn’t die by David Nyuol Vincent and Carol Nader

Frontier justice : The global refugee crisis and what to do about it by Andy Lamey

The happiest refugee : the extraordinary true story of a boy’s journey from starvation at sea to becoming one of Australia’s best-loved comedians by Anh Do

Keeping hope alive : how one Somalian woman changed 90000 lives by Hawa Abdi with Sarah J. Robbins

Out of Iraq : refugees’ stories in words, paintings and music by Sybella Wilkes

Overboard : you would not believe what really triggered Australia’s controversial policy on boat people by Ghassan Nakhoul

Romulus my father by Raimond Gaita

The rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif by Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman

They poured fire on us from the sky : the true story of three lost boys from Sudan by Alephonsion Deng, Benson Deng, Benjamin Ajak with Judy A. Bernstein

Watching brief by Julian Burnside



Go back to where you came from (2011) Ivan O’Mahoneym and Ronan Sharkey

Go back to where you came from (series 2) (2012) Angry Anderson and Allan Asher

Once upon a time in Cabramatta (2012)


Between the devil & the deep blue sea (2011)

Chasing assylum (2016) 

Once my mother (2013)


The good lie (2014)

The idol (2015)

The last Goldfish (2017)

Safe harbour (2017)