Library of Sanctuary Booklist

Library of Sanctuary Booklist

As a City, Newcastle Council is committed to doing what they can to welcome those seeking sanctuary.

City of Sanctuary UK have worked closely with Libraries to create our Library of Sanctuary.

Newcastle Libraries are part of a network of places of sanctuary celebrating cultural diversity through arts, books and many other resources and reaching out to these communities to meet their needs and interests.

We are committed to welcoming and offering help and support to refugees and asylum seekers using our services.

These books have been recommended by Newcastle City of Sanctuary.

If you would like to make any recommendations please email and we will update this booklist.

Further information is available at Newcastle Library of Sanctuary



Adult Non-Fiction

Aeham Ahmad The pianist of Yarmouk
Ishmael Beah A long way gone
Kate Clanchy Antigona and me
Sarah Glidden Rolling blackouts: dispatches from Turkey, Syria and Iraq 
Damien Lewis Slave
Charlotte McDonald-Gibson Cast away
Vesna Maric Bluebird
Yeonmi Park In order to live
Ben Rawlence City of thorns
Marjane Satrapi Persepolis
Mike Thomson Syria's secret library

Adult Fiction

Leila Aboulela Minaret
NoViolet Bulawayo We need new names
Karen Campbell This is where I am
Brian Chikwava Harare north
Christopher  Cleave The other hand
Dave Eggers What is the what
Steven Galloway The cellist of Sarajevo
Camilla Gibb Sweetness in the belly
Abdulrazak Gurnah By the sea
Sophie Hardach Registrar's manual for detecting forced marriages
Khaled Hosseini The kite runner
Emma Jane Kirby The optician of Lampedusa
Caryl Phillips A distant shore
Warren St John Outcasts united
Mohsin Hamid Exit west

Short Stories

Roddy Doyle The Deportees
Nedim Gursel The last tram
David Herd and Anna Pincus Refugee tales I & II

Children and Young People up to 5 Years Old

Peter Bently and Charles Fuge A home full of friends
Chris Corr Deep in the woods
Mem Fox & Helen Oxbury Ten little fingers & ten little toes
Sarah Garland Azzi in between

Key Stage 1

Michael Bond Paddington
Anne Booth & Sam Usher Refuge
Andy Glynne  Ali's story
Patricia Hegarty Everybody's welcome
Mary Hoffman The  colour of home
Kate Milner My name is not refugee
Ben Morley The silence seeker
Francesca Sanna Me and my fear
Francesca Sanna The journey

Key Stage 2

Bernard Ashley Nadine dreams of home
Yangsook Choi Name jar
Frank Cottrell Boyce The unforgotten coat
Anne Holm I am David
Michael Morpurgo Shadow
Anthony Robinson  Gervelie's journey
Zlata Zlata's diary
Onjali Q. Rauf The boy at the back of the class

Key Stage 3

Beverley Naidoo The other side of truth
Ceri Roberts & Hanane Kai Refugees and migrants (children of our world)
Shaun Tan The arrival
Benjamin Zephaniah Refugee boy

Key Stage 4 and Young Adult

Bernard Ashley Little solider
Sita Brahmachari Red leaves
Sita Brahmachari Tender earth
Jo Cotterill Looking at the stars
Miriam Halahmy Hidden
Elizabeth Laird Welcome to nowhere
Jane Mitchell A dangerous crossing
Gulwali Passerlay The lightless sky
Michael Rosen & Annemarie Young Who are refugees and migrants? what makes people leave their home? and other big questions


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