Nominated by: Literacy with Miss P (@sadiephillips), Year 5 Teacher, Literacy Co-ordinator & blogger at literacywithmissp.wordpress.com and also by Charlotte Ball (@lot_ball), Year 6 teacher.
Miss P says: "In 2016, our own government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter this country. Around the same time, Nicola Davies heard a story about a refugee child being refused entry to a school because there wasn’t a chair for her to sit on. Inspired by these heart-breaking events, The Day War Came was born. It is a poignant story, touchingly illustrated with Cobb’s innocent, childlike drawings, that tells the tragic tale of a girl who is thrust into a world of war. So emotive in its nature, with a potent message about the power of kindness and hope, the book ignited a campaign where people posted images of empty chairs as symbols of solidarity with those children who had lost everything. Published in association with Help Refugees, it is a powerful tool for opening up discussions about the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers."
Charlotte says: "This is a moving picture book, that shares of the initial unwelcome refugees face when arriving in a new place. The story tells of the love of children, naive to the politics of the world, inviting other children into their world by giving up their own chair in the classroom and opening up their community to the refugees."