Book Hunting Expeditions Nomads Homes and Habitats: Restlessness and Refuge Reading Themes

[BHE 218] Launch of July-August Reading Theme: Nomads, Homes, and Habitats – Restlessness and Refuge in Literature


Myra here.

Every Sunday, we share the books that have found their way to our hands – from good friends, generous publishers, libraries, or loot from book sales and such. This week is extra special as we are launching our new reading theme for July and August: Nomads, Homes, and Habitats – Restlessness and Refuge in Literature.


Essentially, we are looking for all types of books with the following themes:

  1. Journeys, Travels, Road Trips, Vacations
  2. Leaving a Place, Transitions, Moves, Being in the In-between State
  3. Homelessness and Rootedness
  4. Refugees, Migrants, Immigrants, Seeking Home
  5. Houses, Habitats, Sanctuary, Places of Rest

Book Hunting from my Shelves

When I prepared this post, I was still in Singapore – furiously scheduling so many advance posts before I leave. As such, I made sure I raided my bookshelves to find books that would fit into our current theme:


Faraway Home by Jane Kurtz and E. B. Lewis, All The Places To Love by Patricia Maclachlan and paintings by Mike Wimmer, Away From Home by Anita Lobel


Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican Worker by Jose Manuel Mateo, Javier Martinez Pedro (Illustrations), Emmy Smith Ready (Translator); Flight by Nadia Wheatley and Armin Greder


A Strange Place To Call Home: The World’s Most Dangerous Habitats and the Animals That Call Them Home by Marilyn Singer and Ed Young, Come With Me: Poems For A Journey by Naomi Shihab Nye and Images by Dan Yaccarino


Tim’s Moving Day by Anke Wegner and Eva Eriksson

From the Singapore Libraries


Moving House by Mark Siegel


All The Way To America: The Story Of A Big Italian Family and A Little Shovel by Dan Yaccarino


Here I Am by Patti Kim and pictures by Sonia Sanchez


Line 135 by Germano Zullo and Albertine, The Secret Subway by Shana Corey and Red Nose Studio


The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg & Mark Teague, The Beginner’s Guide To Running Away from Home by Jennifer Larue Huget and Red Nose Studio.


Daniel Finds A Poem by Micha Archer


I Am Yoga by Susan Verde and Art by Peter H. Reynolds

Middle Grade Love


The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo


Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, Maybe A Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee

Adult Novels


My Life On the Road by Gloria Steinem – a book I ordered via Book Depository a few weeks back.


Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

Do you have books that you would like to recommend to us for this theme? We’d love to hear your suggestions.

1 comment on “[BHE 218] Launch of July-August Reading Theme: Nomads, Homes, and Habitats – Restlessness and Refuge in Literature

  1. Dearest Myra… I LOVE this theme for summer! HOME has been one of my favorite themes for focusing on with students – it encompasses so many underlying themes as well – family, place, belonging, community… endless possibilities here! I love the books on your list today – many I know but a few new titles here. I am excited about creating my own ‘home’ post with some of my favorites! Thank you for the inspiration!


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