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Monday, June 20, 2016

Children's Word of the Year

Oxford Dictionaries annually pick a "Word of the Year." The standard "Word of the Year," announced last November wasn't even a word at all--it's an emoji!

The "Children's Word of the Year" is "refugee." What better day to feature it than today--World Refugee Day! The United Nations has designated every June 20 to be World Refugee Day.

It is interesting to me that the word refugee was picked because of the frequency in which it appears in children's stories submitted to a BBC Radio contest. The word's use increased 368% from 2015! That means refugees and refugees' struggles affect children deeply. Children have a strong sense of justice, so these must be trying times for refugee children and their native friends.

Here are a few books about refugees (contemporary and historical) your kids may be interested in reading:

Cross, Gillian. Where I Belong. [YA CRO]

Farish, Terry. The Good Braider. [YA FAR]

Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily's Crossing. [J GIF, eBook]

Lombard, Jenny. Drita, My Homegirl. [J LOM]

Padian, Maria. Out of Nowhere. [YA PAD]

Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water. [J PAR, eBook]

Paterson, Katherine. The Day of the Pelican. [YA PAT]

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. The Red Pencil. [J PIN, eAudio]

Senzai, N. H. Shooting Kabul. [J SEN]

Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. [YA SEP, eBook]

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