RLP24--StorybookProject
Heritage Language Storybook Project

Honoring refugees by collecting their life stories and publishing them as bilingual storybooks

  • Helping displaced people tell their own stories in their own ways
  • Creating engaging print materials in under-resourced minority languages
  • Original illustrations by artists from the same cultures as the storytellers
  • Helpful for trauma-informed conversations and meaningful language lessons
Hawa's Lament Front Cover

Hawa's Lament

Dari (Afghanistan)

2024

Coming April 2024!  This story recounts the engagement of a young Persian woman in Afghanistan, and then the painful losses she endures as she flees the Taliban and then, ultimately, her homeland.

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The Unbeatable Uwimana

Kinyarwanda (D.R. Congo, Rwanda)

2024

Coming May 2024! This book is the firsthand account of Samuel Uwimana, who escaped Congo and later Rwanda before overcoming the odds in a Kenyan refugee camp. Accompanied by original collages by a Kenyan artist.

Caves and Cages Front Cover

Caves and Cages

Karen (Myanmar)

2022

This book recounts the memories of Unity Ba, who grew up in the middle of a violent conflict between the Burmese and Karen armies in Myanmar before spending 18 years in refugee camps in Thailand.

At Home on the Kyer Ya Klo Front Cover

At Home on the Kyer Ya Klo

Karen (Myanmar)

2022

Our first published storybook! This book tells the story of Naw Peh’s journey away from her home village in Myanmar during the conflict between the Karen and the Burmese militaries. Not only did Naw Peh write the story herself, but she also illustrated it alongside her husband!

Coming December 2022. This book recounts the experiences of Naw Klein, a young woman who is thrust into village leadership in the midst of the conflict between the Karen and Burmese militaries.

The Long and Weary Road

Karen (Myanmar)

2025

Coming 2025.  This book recounts the experiences of Naw Klein, a young woman who is thrust into village leadership in the midst of the conflict between the Karen and Burmese militaries.

Preview of Illustrations

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