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World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day, and right now it is absolutely crucial to advocate for the millions of refugees forced to leave their homes behind in search of safety elsewhere — safety that is too often denied.

World Refugee Day is a good day to recommit to action supporting refugees. If you’re looking for a place to start, check out this important humanitarian project to specifically aid refugees fleeing Syria, shared with us by Friend of the Horn Book Liz Phipps Soeiro:

I am a member of the Committee of Advisors for Libraries Without Borders, an international nonprofit that works to expand access to information, education and cultural tools to vulnerable people around the world. For over a decade, this organization has provided refugees and internally displaced people with opportunities to learn, grow, develop and prosper in the midst of harrowing circumstances. In 2015, Libraries Without Borders began working with Syrian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq by providing them with safe spaces where they could learn new skills and make positive contributions to their host societies. In honor of World Refugee Day, I ask that you join me in supporting this critical work by donating to Libraries Without Borders. For this day only, on June 20th, Libraries Without Borders will have a 100% match for all donations made via this link:

Other opportunities to help: donate or volunteer through USA for the UN Refugee Agency, Amnesty International, or Welcoming Refugees. Peruse our “Refugees Welcome Here” resources post and add (or donate!) some of these recommended titles to your home, classroom, school, or public library collection.


Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. Thanks for your writing about global refugee.As the world reflects on the global refugee crisis on World Refugee Day, there must be praise where it is due but also an increased focus on better cooperation globally.For more information, visit