Books and stories can be a brilliant starting point for discussions in school and a way to get children to empathise with the experiences of displaced people.

Children’s author Tom Palmer has partnered with Norfolk Welcomes and for Key Stage 2 teachers we highly recommend his book Pitch Invasion which features two football-crazy Syrian boys who have resettled in England. Learn more about Tom, the book and accompanying resources here.

In addition, in collaboration with our partners Amnesty International we suggest the following books and accompanying resources to help you mark Norfolk Welcomes

KS1 How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham A beautifully illustrated book for the primary classroom. Bob Graham’s story talks about caring for others with respect, patience and understanding. Book resources

KS1 & KS2 The Journey by Francesca Sanna This beautifully illustrated picture book introduces a powerful and moving perspective on migration. Book resources

Secondary ALPHA by Bessora Powerful graphic novel Alpha is the heart-rending story of one man’s journey from Côte d’Ivoire to France in search of his wife and son who fled the country months earlier. Book resources

The Norfolk Education Library Service, has also devised a book list for Norwich Schools of Sanctuary. These suggestions will support schools as they explore the experiences of sanctuary seekers with their pupils. This book list has recommendations for pupils in Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3.