Little Leaders, Puffin 2019. Learn all about the exceptional black men who broke barriers and fought injustice to realise their dreams and make the world a better place.
The Day You Begin, 2019 A lovely story to use at the start of a new school year which explores what it’s like to feel like you don’t fit in.
Look Up, Puffin, 2019. Young Rocket, an admirer of astronaut Mae Jemison, never stops telling others to "Look up!" Named for a rocket that blasted into space on the day she was born, Rocket is preparing herself to be the "greatest astronaut, star catcher, space walker who has ever lived." But can she get her brother off his phone and looking up at the stars?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Great Book of Black Heroes: 30 Fearless and Inspirational Black Men and Women that Changed History, 2021. Inside you’ll learn about thirty of the greatest black heroes and heroines from three different continents over a span of more than 2,500 years of history. This book is unique because it focuses on the personal struggles and triumphs that made each individual a hero to countless people across the globe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All are Welcome, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2019. This picture book, celebrates diversity and inclusivity. No matter how you start your day, What you wear when you play, Or if you come from far away, All are welcome here. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes play side by side.
Hair, Frances Lincoln Publishers, 2007. We wear our hair in lots of different ways. Sometimes it is to keep cool. Sometimes it's to look nice for a special occasion. This book, perfect to share with a young child, has photographs of different hairstyles from all around the world. Published in association with Oxfam this series aims to draw parallels between children from many different cultures.
Wilma Rudolph - Little People, BIG DREAMS 27. This bestselling series of books and educational games explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Number 27 in the series introduces the Wilma, the remarkable sprinter and Olympic champion.
French Toast, Pajama Press, 2016. Phoebe-half Jamaican, half French-Canadian-hates her school nickname of "French Toast." So she is mortified when, out on a walk with her Jamaican grandmother, she hears a classmate shout it out at her. To make things worse, Nan-Ma, who is blind, wants an explanation of the name. How can Phoebe describe the colour of her skin to someone who has never seen it?