Open Hearts, Open Borders
Foreword by Shaun Tan
Illustrated by Various
A unique collection of images created by illustrators from 28 countries on the theme of human migration.
From all over the world, picture book illustrators sent original images and personal messages, in postcard form, for Migrations, an exhibition at the Biennial of Illustration, Bratislava, in 2017, curated by the University of Worcester's International Centre for the Picture Book in Society. Over fifty of the cards are reproduced in this very special book.
The book is divided into themes of Departures, Long Journeys, Arrivals and Hope for the Future.
The facsimile postcard text includes personal messages of hope from the illustrators, as well as quotes from writers including Emily Dickinson, WB Yeats, John Clare, and Anita Desai. Robert Macfarlane has written a poem specially for the postcard drawn by Jackie Morris.
Illustrators include Christopher Corr, Marie-Louise Gay, Piet Grobler, Petr Horacek, Isol, Jon Klassen, Neal Layton, PJ Lynch, Roger Mello, Jackie Morris, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, Axel Scheffler and Shaun Tan. In total, illustrators from 28 countries have contributed.
Migrations carries a powerful message about human migration, showing how cultures, ideas and aspirations flow despite borders, barriers and bans.
Endorsed by Amnesty International
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Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Award 19
"This is not a book to be pigeonholed; it also needs to migrate – to take that flight of imagination – and find a home not just on every shelf but in every hand and mind."
Books for Keeps 5 star review
"Fifty of the postcards are replicated in this fascinating book and it’s such a positive message about the impact that migration of people can have on the way that cultures and ideas can flow despite the borders and barriers that are put up.It’s a clever idea and is a really good way to introduce ideas of migration with children."
Let Them be Small
"A lovely pocket-sized book, filled with images and words which encourage the viewer to mull on what it means to leave for a new, maybe safer, future. As relevant now as it was a few years ago at the start of its journey from exhibition to publication."
Association of Illustrators