The Journey

The Journey


Francesca Sanna


Francesca Sanna


Flying Eye Books

Publication Year





41 pages




picture book

Item Type



With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis, this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

Grade Level

PK-1; K-3

Lexile Measure


Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Single parent; Family member death; Homelessness; Immigrants and refugees; single mother; death of a father; displaced; refugee; immigrant family; immigrant children; relocation

Main Character

female child


Asian (Middle Eastern)

Family Formation

single mother


Amnesty CILIP Honour, 2017, Winner, Outstanding Writer
Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book
English 4-11 Picture Book Award, 2017, Winner, Fiction 7-11 Years
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - New Illustrator, 2017, Honor, Children's Book
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - New Writer, 2017, Honor, Children's Book
Kate Greenaway Medal, 2017, Short List, Children's Book
Klaus Flugge Prize, 2017, Winner, Picture Book
Parents' Choice Award, 2016, Gold, Picture Book
UKLA Children's Book Award, 2017, Winner, Ages (7-11)
Waterstones Children's Book Prize, 2017, Short List, Illustrated Children's
BookBest Books for Kids, 2016 Picture Book
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017 Ages 5 to 9
Best of the Best Books, 2016 Picture Book
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2016
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2016 Fiction for Younger Readers
Booklist Editors' Choice: Top of the List, 2016 Youth Picture Book
Choices, 2017 Picture Books for School-Age Children
Core Collection: Picture-Book Refugee and Immigration Stories, 2017
Guardian's Best Children's Book, 2016 Best Book
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2016
Lasting Connections, 2016 Social Studies
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2016 Picture Book
New York Times Notable Children's Books, 2016 Picture Book
Notable Children's Books, 2017 All Ages
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, 2016 Picture Book
Recommended Books for Young Readers, 2017 Junior Reader
School Library Journal Best Books, 2016 Picture Book
USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2017 Pre-K - Grade 2
Wall Street Journal's Top 10 Children's Books, 2016 Children's Book


death; war; hidden; escape; war-torn country; illegal crossing of border; travel; fear

Diversity Impact


The Journey