Book Review: Love Around the World, Family and Friendship Across the Globe
Many of the books I recommend here may not be specifically about refugees. Some, like today’s recommendation, Love Around the World: Family and Friendship Across the Globe, by Alli Brydon, will be books that remind us how similar we each are. Love Around the World describes traditions in different countries of how people show love. For example, in Japan, parents pack special lunches for their children in bento boxes to show their love for them. While in America, families give chocolate to one another on Valentine's Day to show love. Each different tradition is a delightful way to show that love can be shown in a variety of ways. Reading this book with children will help them understand that love comes in many forms. The artwork by Wazza Pink is stunning! The pictures are hopeful and bright and reflect the love the parents have for their children.
I would suggest reading this story aloud to the children you come in contact with and discussing how the adults around them might be showing them love. It is the perfect way to start a discussion about the many forms love can take.
Reading is something that has brought me joy and helped me relate to others and the world around me throughout my life. I believe that sharing books together is one of the quickest and most effective ways to connect with one another. Sharing books about life experiences can bring us closer even when our experiences are vastly different. On this blog, I share some of my favorite books that help me connect with my refugee friends. I hope as you find out about great books about refugees you and your children will feel a connection with their experiences and recognize that we are all more similar than we realize. I also share books that might help you to teach the children in your sphere of influence more about compassion, tolerance, and kindness as these traits help bring us all a little closer in the world.
Just as citizens in Europe and the U.K. have heroically supported displaced Ukrainians by opening up their homes or securing other housing, assisting with school enrollments, employment needs, and language learning, Americans now have the opportunity via the Welcome.us Sponsor Circles program to directly help newly arrived Ukrainians. The United States has committed to welcoming 100,000 Ukrainians temporarily for a period of two-years and the ability to apply for employment authorization in the U.S. as long as they have a U.S.-based sponsor to petition for them.
If you have a story, experience or opinion to share in support of our Afghan allies, we ask you to share it to help us demonstrate public support for legislation that supports and aids these individuals and families.
USAHello.org and Welcome.US: Two Helpful Online Tools for our Refugee Friends and U.S. Locals who are Welcoming them
Resettling into a new country can be more challenging when you don't know where to turn for help. USAHello.org makes information and resources available to those who have newly arrived in the United States. Welcome.US matches resettlement agencies' in-kind needs with businesses and community leaders who want to help.