The Day War Came


By Nicola Davies
Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

A powerful and necessary picture book – the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known.

Imagine if, on an ordinary day, war came. Imagine it turned your town to rubble. Imagine going on a long and difficult journey – all alone. Imagine finding no welcome at the end of it. Then imagine a child who gives you something small but very, very precious… When the British government refused to allow 3000 child refugees to enter the UK in 2016, Nicola Davies was so angry she wrote a poem. It started a campaign for which artists contributed drawings of chairs, symbolising a seat in a classroom, education, kindness, the hope of a future. The poem has become this book, movingly illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, which should prove a powerful aid for explaining the ongoing refugee crisis to younger readers.

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About the author
Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include The Promise, King of the Sky, A First Book of Nature, A First Book of Animals, Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes, Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth, Ice Bear, Big Blue Whale, Dolphin Baby, Bat Loves the Night, Just Ducks!, Animals Behaving Badly and the Heroes of the Wild series. Nicola graduated in zoology, studied whales and bats and then worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. She makes regular visits to schools and festivals, and is very active on social media – she lives in Crickhowell, Wales.

Follow Nicola on Twitter under the handle @nicolakidsbooks, or visit her at her website:

£1 from every copy sold goes to the charity Help Refugees – find out more about their wonderful work at their website,

  • £1 from every copy sold will go to the charity Help Refugees (
  • Nicola has already spread awareness of the refugee crisis, and the British government’s decision to refuse entry to 3,000 refugee children, through her #3000chairs campaign in 2016 (organised through the Guardian).

Additional information

Weight 0.47 kg
Dimensions 29 × 24 cm







Walker Books

Year Published