Sarah Asuquo
Shine, Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2019.
This touching and heart-warming story follows Kai as he realises that the things that make him different are the things that make him special. This book encourages young readers to celebrate diversity and to recognise how our differences make us special. It deals confidently with issues including bullying, low self-esteem, self-confidence and forgiveness in a manner that children can comprehend.
Eileen Browne
Handa’s Surprise, Scholastic/Walker Books, 2006.
Perhaps one of the most well-known books to feature a protagonist of colour, Handa’s Surprise is read in many Early Years classrooms, but is also a must for bookshelves at home. Set in Kenya, it is a tale of friendship as Handa travels to deliver her friend Akeyo a delicious tray of fruit.
Anita Ganeri
Questions and Feelings about: Racism, Hachette Children's Group, 2018. This hands-on picture book is designed to help children with their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk about. The exquisite and approachable illustrations give a comforting story book feel, particularly aimed at 5-7 year olds, as an aid to help children open up and explore how they feel and give them steps they can take to help them cope.
Andy Glynne
Seeking Refuge: Juliane's Story - A journey from Zimbabwe. The Seeking Refuge series offers colourful picture books documenting the experiences of young refugees from Zimbabwe, Eurasia and Afghanistan. In this story, we follow 12-year-old refugee Juliane. At the age of three Juliane was separated from her mother due to the conflicts happening in her home country of Zimbabwe.
Miereille Harper
Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies, DK, 2020.
Delve into the unique, inspiring and world-changing history of Black people with this visual timeline.
Vashti Harrison
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Penguin Random House Children's UK, 2019. Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of black women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations.
Jane Lacey
Dealing With Racism, Hachette Children's Group, 2019.
This book helps young children find out about and understand racism. It features seven case studies from children who have a range of problems from a girl who is being left out because she is Muslim to the new boy in school from another country who is struggling to fit in. Readers are taught to stand up for what is right in a safe way and become comfortable discussing this serious issue with others.
Jessica Love
Julián Is A Mermaid, Walker Books, 2019.
A beautifully illustrated book with a powerful message, Julián sees three women on the train dressed as mermaids on their way to a carnival – and he wants to look just like them. This is a heart-warming narrative about acceptance and non-conformity.
Don’t Touch My Hair, Little Brown Young Readers US, 2018.
Centred around the enduring conversation of strangers’ fascination with touching afro hair, Miller’s book teaches about boundaries and acceptance from the point of view of her heroine, Aria.
Michaela Morgan
Walter Tull's Scrapbook, Frances Lincoln Publishers, 2013.
Born in Kent, in 1888, Walter Tull became not just the first black British professional outfield football player - for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town - but also the first black officer in the British Army. Hi inspiration, true story in shown here in a collection of drawings, photographs, documents and records of his life.
Lupita Nyong'o
Sulwe, Penguin Random House Children's UK, 2019.
An inspiring and beautifully depicted story by the Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o about Sulwe, a girl whose skin is darker than that of her family and friends around her, but who learns to see her true and unique beauty through looking at the midnight sky.
David Olusoga
Black 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.
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