Mums use children's books to support refugees

One of the books being dropped around Brisbane (Facebook/Mums4Refugees)

Hundreds of colourful children's books are being dropped at places around Brisbane by mums hoping to spread positive messages about refugees, the ABC reports.

The Mums 4 Refugees campaign began on Monday to coincide with Book Week.

Queensland convenor Sally Dodds said hundreds of books labelled "pick me up" had been distributed, telling stories of refugees and people seeking asylum written by Australian authors.

Books include Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman and I'm Australian Too by Mem Fox.

"We've been dropping them near the Brisbane sign, Kangaroo Point and throughout the city and suburbs," Ms Dodds told ABC Radio Brisbane.

"We have 450 members and they're spread across the southeast, so we've got hundreds of books out there.

"I saw one of my books that I left picked up in a local Woolworths carpark."

Ms Dodds said the Mums 4 Refugees group — a network of women working with and for asylum-seekers and refugees — wanted to bring "humanity back into the conversation" through the book drop.

"We found that over the last 20 years politicians and certain media outlets have been demonising people seeking asylum ... creating an us and them," she said.

"We just want to remind people in creative ways that we're all just people and we all want the same things."


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Mums 4 Refugees place books at iconic Brisbane locations to spark positive conversations (ABC)

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