Children's fiction offers a powerful learning tool for educators and can help young people to engage in challenging and complex issues. They can also be very useful for supporting adult learning unfamiliar or uncomfortable topics.
With so many great books out there we can not hope to cover them all, but we offer below short insights into some of those we have used in, or that inform, our own learning and work. We also offer links to other reviews and lists that we feel might be beneficial to those looking for ideas and inspiration. If you have read a book that you think others would like to know about then please contact us with details and a short review and we'll see if we can add it to these pages.
The Bone Sparrow is a story for our times, providing a hard hitting, but also deeply warming, insight into life in a refugee detention centre in Australia. It particularly looks at the plight of the Rohingya people through the eyes of a young boy born in the detention centre.
Zana Fraillon was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2016 for this novel and it has received excellent reviews for dealing with a challenging topic in a caring and sensitive manner.
Lifeworlds were asked to produce learning materials to support this book by the National Literacy Trust. These materials can be accessed for free here.