Syrian/Syrian American

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Teen Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival: Young Readers’ Edition

by Melissa Fleming

Age 12 or older

Themes: Migrant Smuggling, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes

by Atia Abawi

Age 14 or older

Themes: Engagement Tool: Discussion, Engagement Tool: Video, Loss of Childhood, Recommended: "Cartography" Companion Reads, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend

A Refugee’s Journey from Syria

by Helen Mason

Age 09 or older

Themes: Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict

A Season for Building Houses

by Authors: Ibrahim Shkara, Richard Akera, Ahmed Abbas, Fadumo Issack, Omar Raouf, Clautel Buba, Eric Martinez, Khadija Mohamed, Rasha Usif, Michée Runyambo, Amira Al Sammrai, Elahe Seddiqi, Sahara Hassan, Aden Isaack, Judica'elle Irakoze, Faris Baziga, Ali Aljubyly, Edna Adan, Chrispo Niyokwizerwa, Emmanuel Muya, Ralph Houanche, Elias Nasrat, Annick Umutoniwase, Vassily Murangira, Hanen Mohammad, Jordy Izere, Rachel Iradukunda, Maryama Abdi, Edna Thecla-Akimana, Mohamed Awale, Yann Tanguy Irambona, Benjamin Bivigete Ibrahim Shkara, Richard Akera, Ahmed Abbas, Fadumo Issack, Omar Raouf, Clautel Buba, Eric Martinez, Khadija Mohamed, Rasha Usif, Michée Runyambo, Amira Al Sammrai, Elahe Seddiqi, Sahara Hassan, Aden Isaack, Judica'elle Irakoze, Faris Baziga, Ali Aljubyly, Edna Adan, Chrispo Niyokwizerwa, Emmanuel Muya, Ralph Houanche, Elias Nasrat, Annick Umutoniwase, Vassily Murangira, Hanen Mohammad, Jordy Izere, Rachel Iradukunda, Maryama Abdi, Edna Thecla-Akimana, Mohamed Awale, Yann Tanguy Irambona, Benjamin Bivigete

Age 12 or older

Themes: Anthology, Coming of Age, Cross-Group Friendship, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Storytelling, Family Relationship: Parents, Genre: Poetry, Multilingual: Various, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee Camp, Refugee Journey, Refugee: Unspecified, Refugee: War/Conflict

After the Last Border

by Jessica Goudeau

Age 16 or older

Themes: Citizenship, Cross-Group Friendship, Discrimination: Racial, Discrimination: Religious, Family Separation: Different Immigration Status, Multiracial Identity, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee Journey, Refugee: Persecution

As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow

by Zoulfa Katouh

Age 14 or older

Themes: Human Rights Violation: Child Labor, Human Rights Violation: Child Soldiers, Loss of Childhood, Mental Health, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend

Boy, Everywhere

by A.M. Dassu

Age 09 or older

Themes: Refugee Journey, Refugee: Undocumented, Refugee: War/Conflict

Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace

by Bana Alabed

Age 14 or older

Themes: Family Relationship: Parents, Loss of Childhood, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict

Dounia and the Magic Seeds

by Marya Zarif

Age 04 or older

Themes: Family Relationship: Grandparents, Genre: Fantasy & Folklore, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict

Dumpling Day

by Meera Sriram

Age 04 or older

Themes: Celebrations, Community Action, Cross-Group Friendship, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Food

Escape from Aleppo

by N. H. Senzai

Age 09 or older

Themes: Family Separation: On Journey, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict

Escape from Syria

by Samya Kullab

Age 12 or older

Themes: Canadian Connection, Citizenship, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Storytelling, Family Relationship: Parents, Family Separation: Different Immigration Status, Genre: Historical, Graphic Novel, Loss of Childhood, Refugee Camp, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict, Starred Review

Far From Home: Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution, and Poverty

by Cath Senker

Age 11 or older

Themes: Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict

Flying Over Water

by N. H. Senzai

Age 08 or older

Themes: Allyship, Cross-Group Friendship, Discrimination: Cultural, Discrimination: Religious, Multilingual Character, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee: War/Conflict, Welcoming by Individual

Hakim’s Odyssey: Book 1: From Syria to Turkey

by Fabien Toulme

Age 16 or older

Themes: Family Separation: By Detention, Graphic Novel, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend, Trauma & Healing: Physical Assault

Hakim’s Odyssey: Book 2: From Turkey to Greece

by Fabien Toulme

Age 16 or older

Themes: Family Separation: By Detention, Family Separation: Different Immigration Status, Graphic Novel, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict, Trauma & Healing

I’m an Immigrant Too

by Mem Fox

Age 04 or older

Themes: Generation: 1st, Generation: 2nd, Immigrant: Economic, Immigrant: Education, Refugee: Asylee, Refugee: Persecution, Refugee: War/Conflict

Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria

by Muhammad Najem

Age 08 or older

Themes: Activism, Community Action, Graphic Novel, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Trauma & Healing, Unaccompanied Minors

Mustafa

by Marie-Louise Gay

Age 05 or older

Themes: Canadian Connection, Educator Resource, Engagement Tool: Discussion, Family Relationship: Parents, Refugee: War/Conflict, Religious Background: Muslim, Welcoming by Individual, Welcoming Library: Core Picture Books (Current)

Muzoon: A Syrian Refugee Speaks Out

by Muzoon Almellehan

Age 10 or older

Themes: Activism, Audiobook, Community Action, Immigrant: Education, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee: War/Conflict, Religious Background: Muslim

My America

by Karen Katz

Age 02 or older

Themes: Celebrations, Immigrant: Education, Multilingual Character

My Beautiful Birds

by Suzanne Del Rizzo

Age 06 or older

Themes: Educator Resource, Loss of Childhood, Refugee Camp, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict, The Arts, Welcoming Library: Core Picture Books (Current)

My Name Is Bana

by Bana Alabed

Age 04 or older

Themes: Family Relationship: Parents, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Refugee: War/Conflict

No Ballet Shoes In Syria

by Catherine Bruton

Age 09 or older

Themes: Family Separation: On Journey, The Arts, Welcoming by Individual

Nour’s Secret Library

by Wafa' Tarnowska

Age 08 or older

Themes: Own Voices/Lived Experience

Nowhere Boy

by Katherine Marsh

Age 09 or older

Themes: Allyship, Cross-Group Friendship, Education & Literacy, Engagement Tool: Discussion, Engagement Tool: I'm Your Neighbor Books Created, Family Separation: By Detention, Family Separation: On Journey, Recommended: "Cartography" Companion Reads, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict, Religious Background: Muslim, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend, Unaccompanied Minors, Welcoming by Individual

Other Words For Home

by Jasmine Warga

Age 09 or older

Themes: Audiobook, Discrimination: Cultural, Discrimination: Religious, Family Separation: Living with Other Family or Friends, Refugee: War/Conflict, Religious Background: Muslim

Refugee

by Alan Gratz

Age 09 or older

Themes: Genre: Historical, Refugee Journey, Refugee: Asylee, Refugee: Persecution, Refugee: War/Conflict, Religious Background: Jewish, Religious Background: Muslim

Sadia

by Colleen Nelson

Age 12 or older

Themes: Community Action, Discrimination: Cultural, Family Relationship: Parents, Multiracial Identity, Refugee: War/Conflict, Religious Background: Muslim

Salma Makes a Home (Salma Series #1)

by Danny Ramadan

Age 06 or older

Themes: Canadian Connection, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Food, Family Relationship: Parents, Immigrant: Reunion of Family, Multilingual Character, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Welcoming by Individual

Salma the Syrian Chef

by Danny Ramadan

Age 04 or older

Themes: Canadian Connection, Cultural Empowerment & Joy: Food, Education & Literacy, Family Relationship: Parents, Family Separation: Living with Other Family or Friends, Welcoming by Community, Welcoming Library: Core Picture Books (Current)

Salma Writes a Book (Salma Series #2)

by Danny Ramadan

Age 06 or older

Themes: Canadian Connection, Family Relationship: Parents, Family Relationship: Siblings, LGBTQIA+, Multilingual Character, Own Voices/Lived Experience, The Arts