Our first Book of the Month for 2020 is . . .
This picture book brings to life a family’s experience as they flee conflict and set out on a journey to find safety.
Told using just one word per spread, from ‘chaos’ and ‘escape’ to ‘safe’ and ‘new’ the beautiful illustrations allow the reader to create their own background story and bring to life what the characters are thinking, feeling and saying.
This book, along with many other titles, will soon be on its way to our partner Merimna in Greece which is expanding its work to establish two libraries, one in Athens and one in Thessaloniki, to support refugee camps in the two cities.
Teams from Merimna will also take books into the camps and use them in activities for parents and children focussing on education, psychosocial support and improving cognitive behaviour.
Books like The Voyage will be particularly useful for activities like this. The sparse text and evocative illustrations provide space and inspiration for discussions which can help children and families better process the difficult journeys they have experienced.