The International Rescue Committee (IRC), HarperCollins Children’s Books, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Endless OS Foundation are uniting to bring many celebrated and New York Times bestselling children’s books to displaced Ukrainian children and their families.

What is the partnership all about?

A selection of HarperCollins children’s books have been translated into Ukrainian to benefit children ages 5-18+. The IRC is distributing hard copy books to children who have found refuge in Poland, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Moldova, Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom after fleeing the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The books are also available in e-book format on online retail and library channels worldwide, as well as on Endless Key, a downloadable app designed to provide educational, learning and discovery resources to communities without regular internet access.

With 3.3 million children inside Ukraine in need of humanitarian aid, and 88 percent of the 6 million Ukrainian refugees hosted across Europe estimated to be women and children, this collaboration will bring engaging and inclusive content to families at no charge.

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A group of Ukrainian refugee children hold up new books that they've recieved.
Ukrainian refugee children receive books at an IRC distribution event in London.
Photo: Betty Laura Zapata for the IRC

How will the partnership help?

This partnership to provide books for Ukrainian children allows families to access a wide selection of literature, translated in their native language.

Next to basic needs, like food and safety, people affected by the war in Ukraine need additional integration support to start rebuilding their lives. This includes job opportunities, long-term accommodation, and services like educational programming and language classes.

IRC's Ukraine Response

The war in Ukraine has seen 5.9 million people fleeing to seek safety in Europe, left 3.7 million people internally displaced and 14.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. The IRC is on the ground in Ukraine, and countries where Ukrainian refugees have found safety, to meet the needs of people affected by the war.

Since February 2022, the IRC has worked from emergency through recovery and inclusion, addressing the needs of people fleeing Ukraine.

Ever since, we have been working closely with partners to review the changing situation and identify gaps to reach vulnerable people with essential assistance. The IRC is continuing its efforts in Ukraine, Europe and the US to match the growing scale of needs. Our emergency programs are active on the ground in Poland and Moldova. We are also serving Ukrainian refugees in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Czechia and Bulgaria, as well as in Germany, Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom.

A group of children hold pieces of string while standing in a row to complete a group learning activity.

Children who have been displaced by war complete a group activity at an IRC-supported Safe Healing and Learning Space in Ukraine.

PC: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi for the IRC

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Oksana and David do an arts and crafts project alongside two other children in Poland.

Retired kindergarten teacher, Oksana, and her grandson David (left) were forced to flee to Poland when the war broke out, leaving David’s grandfather behind. In Warsaw, Oksana and David attend an IRC-supported Safe Healing and Learning Space where children can begin to recover from the trauma they have endured.

PC: Anna Liminowicz for the IRC

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An elderly man has his blood pressure taken by an IRC nurse.

Missile strikes have destroyed hospitals and health care facilities in Ukraine, making it difficult for people to receive medical care. In Kharkiv, Derkach attends a medical appointment where an IRC field nurse measures his blood pressure.

PC: Marek Kowalczyk for the IRC

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A young girl, wearing a heavy winter coat and holding a notepad, stands between two adults on a snowy day.

Eva stands between her mother and aunt as the family registers for cash assistance and picks up winter kits that contain blankets and fuel. In Ukraine, winter temperatures regularly drop to -7 °F (-21.6°C).

PC: Tamara Kiptenko for the IRC

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Women sit around a table during an English language class.

Women who were displaced by the war in Ukraine attend an English language course run by the IRC. 

PC: Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi for the IRC

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Two girls sit side by side, reading new books. Behind them, others play during an IRC book distribution event.

Ukrainian refugee children read together and discuss their new favorite books at an IRC distribution event in London.

PC: Photo: Betty Laura Zapata for the IRC

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