Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney

Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney

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At The Heart of Where Will I Live? By Rosemary McCarney

Are you looking for books about refugees for kids? Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney is an extremely timely nonfiction title for kindergarten to third graders.  Learn about refugees fleeing their homes for safety and a better life.

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A Day In The Life Of Refugees

Readers learn how refugees travel.  They walk, run, ride on the backs of trucks, and trek through the desert. McCarney describes where they are running to geographically and structurally, which is sometimes unknown. Will they live under a staircase, along travelled roads, or in a tent? Even the climate makes a difference.  Each question or set of questions is paired with a picture and its respective country. Refugees are not just one culture, religion, group, or ethnicity.

After all of this dangerous and indeterminate traveling, McCarney ends with the notion of hope. Maybe someone will welcome these children and their families into their homes, communities, neighborhoods, and countries. Lets have hope for friends, shelter, and a better quality of life.

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Photographs Place A Face To Families And Children

The first person narration in Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney humanizes the children seen in pictures.  Each child is relatable to the readers. The questions asked throughout the book emphasize the uncertainty and severity of refugee children’s situations.  The uncertainty also demonstrates that like everyone else, children just desire basic needs such as food, shelter, and love.

While the words on the page are seemingly less serious, each picture tells its own story. Simple yet packed with meaning and at times, heart wrenching, each picture is thought provoking:

  • Readers see a small child sleeping on the street.
  • Boys peer out from a rudimentary tent.
  • A boy warms his bare hands from the cold.
  • Readers stare back at faces through a fence.
  • All watch as families struggle to traverse across the barren desert.

Where Will I Live? Addresses Discrimination And Intolerance

In a time where the United States, especially, is revising and reevaluating its immigration and travel policies, Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney addresses discrimination and intolerance.  McCarney greets immigration head on through the innocent and beautiful faces of refugee children.  These families need help, support, and resources.

I would recommend this title for any parent looking for books about refugees for kids.  Nonfiction titles like Where Will I Live? explain the hardships families face all over the world.  For parents, this title helps show how refugees are people just like everyone else.  This commonality is reason enough to show understanding, open our arms, and embrace humanity.

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I would like to thank NetGalley and Second Story Press for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Book Information:

Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney (Second Story Press, 2017)

Genre: Nonfiction picture book

Note: This review originally published in 2017 but has been updated for 2019.

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  1. January 4, 2019 / 2:03 pm

    This book sounds fantastic and it’s a great idea to start teaching kids about these issues from a young age even though the subject is very delicate. I’ll make sure to read it. I just finished ‘Sold’ I think you would be interested in that book as well.

    • Christine
      January 4, 2019 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you for the book recommendation. As you may (or may not) have noticed, I haven’t made my Goodreads reading goal yet. I’ll check out Sold when I do.

      I reviewed this title awhile ago, but decided to update it, especially since the U.S. is having some trouble in this area…sigh.

      Have a great weekend!

  2. January 6, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    How apt for the current world we live in. I’ve lived a very sheltered life and things like this are still a huge eye-opener for me, even at 26. Driving home from France, we were at the ferry port and I was horrified to see hordes of refugees sleeping underneath motorway bridges. They can’t have been older than 18 and every day they try to jump in trucks and lorries to cross the border to the UK. I couldn’t believe my eyes. That is why books like these are so important, to highlight the refugee crisis and teach children at a young age to be kind and welcoming and understand the difficulties faced by other less fortunate children. I would definitely be interested in reading this one.

    • Christine
      January 7, 2019 / 7:43 pm

      Oh, man. That image and experience would stay with me forever. Living in Indonesia for a year, I saw a lot of death, sickness, and poverty. I have never seen refugees like you describe above in person, though. I used to work at a community center that would sometimes help refugees–these refugees were much better off having secured social services. Their situations were heartbreaking but hopeful.

      This title is just so relevant for the U.S. right now, especially with the government shutdown over a border wall. The images politicians have been painting of refugees is not really the truthful image. America doesn’t seem to grasp what asylum is either. Our president uses this scary, threatening, dehumanizing rhetoric, and people who have never traveled or know little about other countries unknowingly believe it. Refugees seeking asylum or a better life are more like this book than what the American public is being told. Breaks my heart. I think adults and kids need this book right now.

  3. January 7, 2019 / 9:48 am


    That’s honestly all I want to say, but I’ll keep going anyway. Yes! I’m so glad books like this exist. I would have swallowed this whole as a child. I ached for more books about these types of stories as a child. Or, well, ones geared towards kids. Ideally, these types of stories shouldn’t have to exist, but since this is the world we live in, it’s so important that they’re being shared.

    The kinds of resources kids today are growing up with are astounding, in a good way. But there’s still such a long way to go. Having not even read this book, I still think these types of stories should be REQUIRED reading for kids, because then maybe we wouldn’t have to deal with some many douchebags who think that refugees are just trying to steal their jobs, or that building a wall is a good thing, or, you know, Brexit. Like, HOW do people not understand that most refugees would rather stay in their HOME country were it an option, not struggle to survive in one that treats them as less than human? And that IF our countries are “better” than theirs, it’s probably because our governments did something to facilitate that…

    Anyway, I’ll stop before the haters bring the pitchforks. Loved this, can’t wait to see more like it 🙂

    • Christine
      January 10, 2019 / 3:23 pm

      Haha, I agree: right now the whole immigration situation and ya know…the wall…really has my head reeling. I try not to get too preachy (although everyone knows or can guess where I stand–and I’m not ashamed of that or try to hide it), but 200% these books are needed right now. I did not watch the recent televised “discussion” cough cough about the wall…I couldn’t. But I did read articles, summations, and quotes–the rhetoric we use is so dehumanizing, threatening, and scary for those who don’t know any better. It’s truly lies and misleading. It’s also just sad. For people who haven’t traveled outside of their city, state, or country, the problems around the world might not be so well known. I definitely think immigration, asylum, and migration are throughly misunderstood by part of the population–and are being misused and manipulated by a scary, authoritative, lack of experience ‘leader.’ There is some racism involved too…whether or not people want to see that. Refugees are people, and yes, they are fleeing awful circumstances and risking their lives to do so. Many don’t want to abandon their homes and livelihoods but have to. Traveling on foot and running is not easy. These aren’t 18-year-old gang bangers like our government says. If the US wants better immigration policies, the money should be going toward social services and better ways to help people seek legal immigration and temporary asylum. I could go on and on. I hope the people who need to read these stories do.

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