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“This truly diverse book follows the arrival of refugee children into a new classroom. Readers can flip the book over and read the story from either the point of view of the refugees or from the side of their new classmates, promoting empathy, understanding and inclusion.”
IBBY UK, the International Board on Books for Young People, UK

Hello!: A Welcoming Story

Written by Gina K. Lewis
Illustrated by Maria Jose Campos
Published by City of Light Publishing

Meet Habiba, Aleksander, Malee, Elisa and Dinesh. They have left everything they have ever known and arrived in a classroom in a new country. Meet Grace, Jaylyn, Cameron, Miguel and Yu. They have never lived anywhere else. Hello! A Welcoming Story is the journey through the challenges that young refugees must navigate to find a sense of belonging in a new place. Flip it over and this two-books-in one also tells this story through the eyes of the students who welcome them in. In this Welcoming Story, all discover the power of embracing differences. Young refugees have traversed the world, escaped violence, and yet still struggle with the sense of identity forged in the way they dress, the foods they eat. The youngsters in this book encourage each other to be their unique and authentic selves. It is powerful for children to imagine themselves on both sides of this shared experience. It will elicit complex and important conversations with students of any age. Share this diverse book with your children and grandchildren, with your students and their teachers, and with your new neighbors. Experience the joy of feeling accepted and remember the power of a simple Hello!

Primary ISBN: 9781952536298
Publication Date: October 2021
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Picture Book, Age 05 or older

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Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Unknown Arrival, Refugee

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