We want childhood to be full of rainbows, butterflies and puppies. For so many of the world’s children, childhood is full of adult terrors and disruptions. Deborah Ellis from The New York Times believe that whatever difficult situations we force children into in the world should be reflected in their literature, and that to do less just makes those less fortunate children disappear.
The creators of four new books have taken on that task with courage and compassion in stories of children forced to leave home. Three are about refugees, and one is about a daily trek for survival.