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Resource Lists : Supporting Refugees In Early Childhood Programs

View the lists below for helpful resources on supporting refugees in early childhood programs. For a printable list please download and print the PDF.

  • Little Kids, Big Worries
    By Alice Sterling Honig
    Many stressers exist for children in our complex society. This book explores the issue of childrens' stress and gives advice on how to recognize and influence childrens' stress levels.
  • Fifty Early Childhood Strategies For Working And Communicating With Diverse Families
    By Janet Gonzalez-Mena
    A guide to developing culturally sensitive relationships with diverse families.
  • Practice In Building Bridges
    By Intisar Shareef and Janet Gonzalez-Mena.
    Creating authentic, equitable relationships with people unlike ourselves, including colleagues and families of young children.
  • Child Health Across Cultures: The Health, Well-Being And Special Needs Of Children From Diverse Backgrounds: A Resource For Teachers And Others With An Interest In Strengthening The Health Of Children Experiencing More Than One Culture
    By Judith A. Colbert.
    A handbook for supporting children’s health and well-being inclusive of all cultures.
  • Supporting The Settlement Of Young Immigrant Children & Their Families: A Guide For Early Childhood Educators
    By Julie Dotsch.
    A guide to help caregivers ease the transition for newcomer children and their families
  • Welcoming Newcomer Children: The Settlement Of Young Immigrants And Refugees: A Resource For Teachers And Others With An Interest In Supporting Young Newcomers From Birth Through Age Eight
    By Judith A. Colbert.
    A handbook for welcoming children and their families to Canadian programs
  • A Piece Of Home
    By Sonia Levitin.
    A Russian immigrant child comes to understand the importance of the blanket he has brought with him to his new home.
  • From Far Away
    By Robert Munsch.
    A classic Canadian story about one girl’s experience as a newcomer.
  • Four Feet, Two Sandals
    By Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed.
    Two girls in a refugee camp each claim one sandal of a donated pair. Together they solve the problem of having four feet and two sandals and are reminded that friendship is what is most important.
  • The Whispering Cloth
    By Peggy Deitz Shea.
    A young girl in a Thai refugee camp in the mid-70s finds the story within herself to create her own pa'ndau (embroidered tapestry).
  • Sami And The Time Of Troubles
    By Florence Perry Heide.
    A ten-year-old Lebanese boy goes to school, helps with chores, plays with friends, all the while living in a basement shelter vulnerable to bombing and street fighting.
  • The Long Road
    By Luis Garay. The story of one boy's escape from Nicaragua during the civil war to a new country far away.
  • Petar’s Song
    By Pratima Mitchell.
    Petar loves music, but when war breaks out and his famiy flees without his father, he can't play his violin anymore. Then one day a song of peace comes into his head.
  • The Colour Of Home
    By Mary Hoffmann.
    The story of a refugee child from Somalia who struggles to adjust to life and school in his new country

Some of these titles are available at the WELL (Ruth Beardsley collection)

  • Linguistically Appropriate Practice: A Guide For Working With Young Immigrant Children
    By Roma Chumak-Horbatsch.
    This book provides a convincing argument for the importance of children’s home languages and the benefits of dual- and multi-language learning.
  • The Swirling Hijaab
    By Na’ima bint Robert.
    An endearing story about the way a young Muslim girl feels about the hijab, or headscarf, that her mother wears.
  • My Friend Jamal
    By Anna McQuinn.
    Joseph and his Somali friend Jamal enjoy a friendship that transcends cultural differences.
  • Jamela’s Dress
    By Niki Daly.
    Jamela gets into her mother’s dress material for a wedding and things go wrong, but there’s a happy ending for Kwela Jamela African Queen!
  • Handa’s Hen
    By Eileen Brown.
    Handa and her friend Akeyo find two fluttery butterflies round the hen house, three stripy mice under the grain store, four little lizards behind the pots . . . but where is Grandma’s black hen? Available in 21 dual language editions.
  • A Is For Africa
    By Ifeoma Onyefulu.
    The photographs were taken in Nigeria but the images pictured represent the warm family ties and traditional village life found throughout this vast, colourful continent.
  • Faith
    By Maya Ajmera, Magda Nakassis, and Cynthia Pon.
    Celebrate faith around the world in its many expressions.
  • Gervelie’s Journey: A Refugee Diary
    By Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young.
    Gervelie was born in the Republic of Congo. When fighting broke out in her home city of Brazzaville, her family had to flee to safety.
  • Jaha And Jamil Went Down The Hill: An African Mother Goose
    By Virginia Kroll.
    Mother Goose went on a trip to Africa far away. She wrote about the people there, who live and work and play.
  • We All Went On Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania
    By Laurie Krebs.
    Learn to count in Swahili and discover all kinds of African animals with this children’s safari through the grasslands of Tanzania.
  • Welcome To The World Baby
    By Na’ima bint Robert.
    When Tariq brings in some dates to celebrate the new baby in his family, his class decides to learn how different families welcome babies into the world. Available in 26 dual language editions.
  • The Wheels On The Bus Go Round And Round Illustrated
    By Annie Kubler.
    This illustrated version of the classic children’s song is available in 19 dual language editions.
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat Illustrated
    By Annie Kubler.
    This illustrated version of the classic children’s song is available in 17 dual language editions.
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes
    Illustrated by Annie Kubler.
    This illustrated version of the classic children’s action rhyme is available in 19 dual language editions.
  • Arabic: Languages Of The World
    By Daniel Nunn.
    This book examines the language: where it is spoken, who speaks it, and includes introductions on how to say key phrases in Arabic.
  • Tom And Sofia Start School
    By Henriette Barkow and Priscilla Lamont.
    The first day of school is an enormous step for every child. Available in 26 dual language editions.
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    By Bill Martin, Jr.
    Exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours. Available in 17 dual language editions.
  • I Took The Moon For A Walk
    By Carolyn Curtis and Alison Jay.
    In a magical adventure, a little boy walks across a rural landscape, the moon beside him, with the neighborhood dogs supplying a choir. Available in 24 dual language editions.
  • Samira’s Eid
    By Nasreen Aktar and Enebor Attard.
    Today is the festival of Eid. The sighting of the new moon starts a day of celebration for Samira and her family. Available in 8 dual language editions.
  • Dear Zoo
    By Rod Campbell.
    What’s the perfect gift from the zoo? Look under the flaps to see the animals the zoo sends . . . Available in 11 dual language editions.
  • Walking Through The Jungle
    Illustrated by Debbie Harter.
    Join this fearless young explorer as she discovers the different animals and terrains of the world – and makes it home for supper, safe and sound. Available in 19 dual language editions.
  • My Daddy Is A Giant
    By Carl Norac.
    He might sneeze like a hurricane and make the ground shake when he runs, but his daddy is a gentle giant. Available in 31 dual language editions.
  • Keeping Up With Cheetah
    By Lindsay Camp.
    Cheetah wants a friend who will laugh at his jokes, but can also run fast. Available in 28 dual language editions.
  • The Wibbly Wobbly Tooth
    By David Mills.
    Li wibbled and wobbled his loose tooth until it came out. What should he do with it? Available in 23 dual language editions.