Where Will I Live?

Where Will I Live?


By Rosemary McCarney

Where do you go if your home is no longer safe?

Every child needs a home. They need somewhere safe where they can be happy, eat their meals with their family, play with their toys, and go to sleep at night feeling unafraid.

But many children all over the world have had to leave their homes because they are no longer safe. Because of war and conflict, they and their families have become refugees. For them life is hard and full of questions. In spite of everything, they find time to laugh, play, and make friends. And most importantly, they have hope that somewhere, someone will welcome them to a new home.

Written by Rosemary McCarney, Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations, Where Will I Live? will help children whose lives are not directly affected by this crisis think about the importance of home, and what life is like for a child refugee who does not have a permanent, safe home to shelter them and their family. The beautiful photographs in this book were taken by the UNHCR—the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees—and include images of children on the move and in refugee camps in countries such as Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Niger, Hungary, Jordan, South Sudan, and Greece.

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About the Author

Rosemary McCarney is Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament and past President and CEO of Plan International Canada. She is the author, with Plan International, of the internationally bestselling Every Day is Malala Day, Because I Am a Girl: I Can Change the World, and The Way to School.

Product Information

  • Release: April 4, 2017

  • $19.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Picture Book

  • Ages 6-9 / Grades 1-3

  • Lexile: 450L Guided Reading: O

  • ISBN: 9781772600285


  • Character Education
    > Empathy

  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures
    > War & Conflict
    > Social Justice

Awards for Where Will I Live?

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens - Fall 2017

  • The Willow Awards 2018 Finalist

Praise for Where Will I Live?

"A glimpse into the lives of child refugees as well as the resilience and endurance they exhibit in many forms." - Kirkus Reviews

"A poignant photojournalistic look at the issues confronting refugee children and their families... The true power of the book lies in its ability to spark classroom conversations, highlighting the need for cultural awareness and compassion." - School Library Journal

"Important and timely, Where Will I Live? focuses on the plight of displaced children from around the world... Books like Where Will I Live? that can prompt discussions at home with our children of the many varied countries, cultures, and peoples will hopefully lead to better and more empathetic relationships as well as a desire to help make these families feel comfortable and welcome in their new home. Highly recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"... the ultimate message, ‘I hope someone smiles and says ‘Welcome home.’ I hope that someone is you,’ should encourage little ones to view these children with compassion, and that is valuable." - Booklist

"Where Will I Live? will help children appreciate the stability they have in their own lives and raise their cultural awareness of the plight of children worldwide. It addresses tough issues and belongs in every school library." - Children's Books Heal

"From beginning to end, Rosemary McCarney offers a message about the resiliency of children to endure their struggles and make temporary abodes wherever and whenever necessary until they can find a forever home, thus making Where Will I Live? a telling story that goes beyond loss and into the realm of hope." - CanLit for Little Canadians

"Ending with the encouraging message that refugees are always looking for a smiling face and hoping to hear the words, 'Welcome home!,' this book is a plea for charity and kindness for displaced people everywhere." - Catholic Library World

"This is a very moving book which could be used at any level to promote compassion and action on behalf of the many refugee children who are displaced and wandering the globe." - Resource Links

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