Just Like You with Jo Loring-Fisher


Streamed live at 11am on Tuesday 15h June or catch up on  Kirklees Libraries’ YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter

Pencils and paper at the ready as author/illustrator, Jo Loring-Fisher introduces you her book: Just Like You and shows you how to draw from it.


If you’re a teacher who’d like to find out more and get involved with your class, drop us an email so we can give you a shout out! lal@kirklees.gov.uk

Just Like You front cover

Just Like You


Here is a little girl like other children everywhere. Sometimes
she’s happy, sometimes she’s sad. She likes to run, and loves
to be cuddled.

Whilst there is one way she’s different from most others — she lives in a refugee camp, in a tent
on bare ground — in every other way, she’s “just like you”.

Written and illustrated to share with
young children, this book brings the idea
of togetherness vividly to life.

Of international relevance – encouraging
empathy and understanding of other
children’s lives.

The “just like you” approach is ideal for
introducing the topic of refugees to young

Striking and distinctive artwork reinforces the very simple text.


Jo Loring-Fisher is an artist, author/illustrator & graduate of Cambridge School of Art’s MA in Children’s Book Illustration. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter, in the beautiful city of Bath, England. 

She loves both the city and the countryside, and enjoys creating images using a range of materials including collage, ink, paint and printmaking. Much of her inspiration comes from observing the natural world and everyday life. 

She’s excited by the scope of subjects that children’s books cover, from light-hearted, to tackling the challenges we all face and sometimes favours difficult subject matter softened by the use of her chosen materials.



Wolf Girl cover

Refugee week 14 – 20 June 2021 –

‘We Cannot Walk Alone’

Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Founded in 1998 and held every year around World Refugee Day on the 20 June, Refugee Week is also a growing global movement.

Through a programme of arts, cultural, sports and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns, Refugee Week enables people from different backgrounds to connect beyond labels, as well as encouraging understanding of why people are displaced, and the challenges they face when seeking safety.  Refugee Week is a platform for people who have sought safety in the UK to share their experiences, perspectives and creative work on their own terms.

Refugee Week’s vision is for refugees and asylum seekers to be able to live safely within inclusive and resilient communities, where they can continue to make a valuable contribution.



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