The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is one example of how the topics of forced migration, belonging, and home can be mediated via children’s literature. The story reflects multiple perspectives and invites the reader/listener to reflect on their own relationship to these themes. Consider how the text visualizes experiences of migration and arrival into a new community. How does the book show the complexities of these processes? In what ways does the book resonate with your own experiences with these themes?
Chris Naylor-Ballesteros reads The Suitcase
If the reading has made you curious, feel free to have a look at these behind-the-scenes videos and interviews to find out more about the author’s inspiration behind the story and the characters.
Chris Naylor-Ballesteros drawing characters from The Suitcase
Blog Post by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros about The Suitcase
Interview with Chris Naylor-Ballesteros about The Suitcase
In the course of the "Hostile Terrains" seminar at University Münster, the project group #Children'sPerspective addresses migration from a focus centered on kids.