The Day War Came, written by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, and published by Candlewick, is an Honor Book in the Books for Younger Children Category. The Day War Came is inspired by real events. It begins in a most ordinary way with a family sharing breakfast before school, but their ordinary routines are interrupted when the war comes. The simple but moving text, coupled with the child-like colored pencil and watercolor illustrations, powerfully communicates the plight of an unidentified and unnamed child refugee displaced by war. She flees with others, on a truck and in a leaky boat, looking for safety and help, as people turn away. This uncomplicated portrayal of the refugee crisis invites conversations about empathy and inclusivity.
Author: Nicola Davies
Award: 2019, Honor Book for Younger Children