Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Blood and Bone – Legacy of Orisha, Pan Macmillan, 2018.
The first of this gripping trilogy sees, the author Tomi Adeyemi create a sag of love, belief and legacy. Magic can burn, turn tides, light darkness and bring back the dead. But magic is gone, so one girl must bring it back. This is a story that ripples with magic and a tale that will haunt a reader long after the final page.
Dan AttaBig hearted and dizzyingly flamboyant, Atta’s verse novel about a black gay teen reclaiming his identity as a drag artist is an outspoken triumph from the opening couplet to the last. This is not about being ready, it's not even about being fierce, or fearless, it's about being free.
Malorie BlackmanCrossfire – A Noughts and Crosses Novel, Penguin Publishers, 2019.
Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series was one of the foundational texts of the Young Adult literature boom and now, over a decade after Double Cross, Sephy and Callum return in a blistering new novel that finds our protagonists all grown up but the dystopian world they inhabit still casting a shadow on their relationship. A mature, intelligent addition to a seminal sequence.
Sharon G FlakeThe Skin I’m In, Penguin Random House Children’s UK, 2001.
A deeply involving novel that will draw readers into Maleeka's world and let them see it through her eyes. Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class. If they're not getting at her about her embarrassing home-made clothes or her good grades at school, it's about her dark, black skin - a deeper shade than any of theirs. When a new teacher starts at the school she opens Maleeka's eyes.
gal-dem 2I Will Not Be Erased: Our Stories about growing-up as People of Colour, 2019.
Award-winning online magazine gal-dem has compiled a selection of writings from 14 different writers to offer them space to write words of advice and support to their younger selves.
Christine Hammond ReedThe Black Kids, Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2020.
Set during the Los Angeles race riots of 1992, Hammond-Reed’s novel brilliantly captures the moment when circumstances force your hand and make taking a stand a necessity. Raising questions around who is the us? and who is the them? sometimes picking a side is not a choice.
Tiffany JewellThis Book is Anti - Racist: 20 Lessons on how to wake up, take action and do the work, Frances Lincoln, 2020.
Author Tiffany Jewell, an anti-bias, anti-racist educator and activist, builds solidarity beginning with the language she chooses - using gender neutral words to honour everyone who reads the book. Explore the twenty chapters as they reveal the origins of racism and give you the power and courage to undo it.
Dan LyndonBlack History Community and Identity, Franklin Watts, 2010.
Dan Lyndon is a former head of History, with over 15 years teaching experience. He is a member of the Black and Asian Studies Association; this series of books brings together a wide range of events and experiences from the past to promote knowledge and understanding of black culture today.
Beverley NaidooNo Turning Back, Penguin, 2016.
Carnegie-medal winning author Beverley Naidoo presents the powerful and moving story of Sipho and his struggle to survive on the city streets of Johannesburg in the 1990s. South African society is on the brink of a huge change as apartheid comes to an end, but will it make any difference to the tough life of Sipho and the other street kids?
Nikesh Shukla, & Claire HeuchanWhat is Race? Who are Racists? Why does Skin colour matter? And other Big Questions. Hachette Children’s Group, 2020.The book explores the history of race and society, giving context to how racist attitudes come into being. It looks at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation. The authors talk sensitively about how to identify and challenge racism, and how to protect against and stop racist behaviour in the world we live in today.
David OlusogaBlack and British: A Short essential History, Pan Macmillan, 2020.
revised and rewritten for younger readers, Olusoga’s insightful and invaluable history of the Black experience in the British Isles ranges from forgotten Africans in the Roman legions to the multicultural society of the present day.
Nic StoneDear Justyce, Penguin Random House USA, 2020.
In the stunning sequel to the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin, bestselling author Nic Stone unflinchingly explores the impact of racism and inequality on young Black lives. Through a series of flashbacks and letters between Justyce and Quan the story takes form. Troubles at home and misunderstandings at school give rise to police encounters and tough decisions.
Alex WheatleCane Warriors, Anderson Press Ltd, 2020.
Irresistible, gripping and unforgettable, Cane Warriors is based on the true story of an eighteenth-century slave uprising. Wheatle’s propulsive novel centres on fourteen-year-old Moa and the challenging decisions he must make as a ‘cane warrior’ fighting for freedom from the Jamaican plantations.
Jamilla WilsonYoung, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Hero’s from past and present, Wide Eyed Editions, 2019.
Highlighting the talent and contributions of black leaders and changemakers from around the world, readers of all backgrounds will be empowered to discover what they too can achieve. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream... whatever it may be.
Benjamin ZephaniaWindrush Child, Scholastic, 2020.
This heart-stopping adventure, shows us what it was like to be a child of the Windrush generation. Leonard is shocked when he arrives with his mother in the port of Southampton. His father is a stranger to him, it’s cold and even the Jamaican food doesn’t taste the same as it did back home. His parents have brought him here to try to make a better life, so Leonard does his best not to complain, even when people hurt him.
Ibi Zoboi & Yousef SalaamPunching the Air, Harper Collins, 2020.
Award-winnng author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam tell a moving and profound story of a young boy who is sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. The story shows how he holds on to his humanity despite the systemic racism he faces and how art can transform lives.