Refugee Week 2024 Book Boxes


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For the third consecutive year, VIP Reading and O’s Refugee Aid Team are teaming up to organise Refugee Week 2024 – 17th – 23rd June. Our theme, ‘Spread Hope,’ aims to acknowledge the challenges faced by refugees worldwide and inspire children to engage with this important topic. 50% of the profits from the sale of these book boxes will go to O’s Refugee Aid Team ❤️

This year’s boxes are available to pre-order and feature a stunning line up of titles and are bursting with extras to help celebrate Refugee Week 2024.  

What will be in each Refugee Week VIP book box?

This year, there are 5 options to choose from and all boxes will include:

  • A stunning title linked to refugees
  • 7×5″ print (artwork)
  • Letter from the author
  • Educational activities
  • WRD Magazine
  • Lemon Tree Trust goodies: activities, recipe card, stickers and packs of seeds
  • Spread Hope badge
  • Love Hearts
  • And more…

Why not read the book reviews for these special books?

Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses: Come with a family as they travel out of danger to a safe place and meet all kinds of people who show them kindness along the way. This unique and beautiful counting book is full of empathy and hope for all children, everywhere.

Saving the Butterfly: A poetic, powerful story about a little brother and a big sister finding a new home and new hope after being rescued from a boat lost in the dark sea. A little brother and his big sister try their best to settle in a new home, where they have nothing left from before except each other. The little one makes new friends and quickly learns to laugh again but his sister remains haunted by the shadows of their past and hides away in their broken house. Trying to help his sister, the little one catches a butterfly for her and brings it inside the house. His sister knows that she needs to set the butterfly free … but that would mean going outside. In taking the first steps to face her fears and save the butterfly, she also begins the process of saving herself.

Refugees: Refugees is a book of two voices. The first one sees the people fleeing from war and persecution and asks, Why here? Why my country? It is a feeling many people share. It is one of fear and suspicion. But when you read the text the opposite way, a new voice emerges. It says, ‘Why not make them welcome? Why not share the things we have?’ The world is undergoing a period of mass human migration. Whether this is caused by war, persecution or economics, the people we see on the news in those camps are waiting – waiting to live their lives. There are two sides to every debate. There are two sides to a wall. This story shows both sides of the issue with skill and the illustrations depict the issue in a magic realism style, powerful but never frightening, and will promote a deeper discussion on this topic with an older child.

Illegal: This is a powerful and timely story about one boy’s epic journey across Africa to Europe, a graphic novel for all children with glorious colour artwork throughout. From Eoin Colfer, previously Irish Children’s Laureate, and the team behind his bestselling Artemis Fowl graphic novels. Ebo: alone. His sister left months ago. Now his brother has disappeared too, and Ebo knows it can only be to make the hazardous journey to Europe. Ebo’s epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his sister.

The Things We Leave Behind: How I Live Now meets Exodus – a startling YA dystopia that imagines London as the epicentre of the refugee crisis, from critically acclaimed author Clare Furniss. Civil unrest in London has reached an all-time high after years of a growing authoritarian regime, and it’s no longer safe for Clem and her half-sister Billie in the city. Clem tells of their treacherous journey to Scotland, by road and then by sea, fleeing with nothing but a notebook filled with stories and memories of home. But is there something Clem’s not saying? And how will this journey – and the sisters’ story – end? With the start of a new life? Or a mirror held up to the past?

Additional information

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3+ Box: Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses, 4+ Box: Saving the Butterfly, 7+ Box: Refugees, 9+ Box: Illegal, 11+ Box: The Things We Leave Behind, EYFS/KS1 Set: 2 boxes, KS2 Set: 2 boxes, Primary School Set: 4 boxes, All 5 boxes