How diverse and inclusive are the books in your school?
What do we mean by diversity and inclusion?
These interconnected concepts refer to the variety of unique individuals that make up a group of people, who are equally welcomed, supported, respected and valued.
Diversity is often referenced as differences in race, ethnicity or culture but it actually embraces ALL the ways in which people differ, including religion, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or diversity of thought.
Inclusion is the universal human right to be welcomed and valued as part of a group, community or environment.
Put simply, in terms of a jigsaw puzzle, imagine diversity as the individual jigsaw pieces (people,) and inclusion as the completed puzzle, with all the pieces fitted together to make one whole.
Why is it important to ensure library collections and reading experiences offered to children are as diverse and inclusive as possible?
“Literature is probably the most powerful medium through which children have a chance to inhabit the lives of those who are like them…Children also need to learn about the lives of those whose experiences and perspectives differ from their own…Stories and non-fiction that explore such differences begin to break down a sense of otherness that often leads to division.” (DfE The Reading Framework, January 2022)
Books are a great way to bond. Children not only need to see themselves reflected in the books they read, in order to feel included, represented and understood, but also need to learn about all aspects of diversity and feel empowered to discuss, understand and have empathy for what makes all of us unique. Diverse and inclusive books will help children understand the world around them and how they fit into it.
“Books create belonging. They help us see each other and understand one another. They shine a light on the world. It’s vital that the books we read in our formative years reflect the rich diversity of the society we live in.” (Penguin Random House — Lit in Colour)
The Ofsted Reading Framework (2021) set out criteria for choosing books to read aloud and this references the importance of diversity and inclusion in reading provision. Inspectors will ask if these books:
- elicit a strong response — curiosity, anger, excitement, laughter, empathy?
- have a strong narrative that will sustain multiple readings?
- extend children’s vocabulary?
- have illustrations which are engaging and reflect children from all backgrounds and cultures?
- help children connect with who they are?
- help children to understand the lives of people whose experiences and perspectives may be different from their own?
Being aware of the books we are placing in front of children is more important than ever. Growing up with mind-expanding, empathy-building, horizon-widening books will give children and young adults a chance to learn more about the amazing array of people who live in our world and become well-informed, fully capable, citizens within a tolerant and empathetic society.
How can our school measure diversity and inclusion within current book collections?
One way to do this would be to sample sections of your library and record how many of the books in your sample are diverse and in what way. For example, when considering main characters, are different cultures, religions, genders, or disabilities represented? Are they represented in a positive way or do they prove useful in discussing diversity? It’s important here to look at the illustrations, as well as the text. Divide the total number of books in that section into the number of books that met your criteria for a general baseline for the level of diversity in that section. For example, 18 books with a diverse main character ÷ 200 total books = 9% of that section.
This can be a time-consuming process but is definitely a worthwhile one! Tackling one section of the library at a time will make it more manageable. Thinking carefully about future purchases when restocking your library will also help to make sure that diversity and inclusion are represented and celebrated as an intrinsic part of all your collections, as we move towards a more reflective and inclusive future.
How diverse and inclusive is new children’s literature?
In recent years there has been a welcomed improvement in the availability of books with inclusive and diverse characters and storylines, especially in books for primary school children, which now showcase some wonderful voices for children to discover.
The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) conduct an annual survey, called Reflecting Realities, which identifies and evaluates ethnic representation within picture books, fiction and non-fiction for ages 3–11. For the fifth year running they found an increase in minority representation in children’s books from 4% in 2017 to 20% in 2021. Whilst this is fantastic news, we mustn’t forget that 33.9% of children of primary school age in England are from a minority ethnic background, so there is still progress to be made. The report also reflects that “representation in Fiction remains low” and “the percentage of books published with a main character from a racially minoritised background has risen year on year but remains extremely low at 9% in 2021.” (CLPE, November 2022)
“We know that a child's life chances are improved by their acess to and enjoyment of quality literature, and that their engagement with literature is improved when they can see themselves and their experiences reflected in a meaningful way.” (Sarah Crown, Director, Literature, Arts Council England)
What are the best books to celebrate diversity & inclusion in primary schools?
With a combined experience of over 50 years working in schools, education and children’s book publishing, our experts at Pandora Books work tirelessly year-round to support schools in finding just what they need. Continue to ensure children get the best of the best with our Diversity & Inclusion collections. They are the perfect way to inject brilliant books into school and classroom libraries at every level, reflecting our community and wider society.
We know that your book budget needs to make a real impact and keep these criteria at the forefront of our minds when selecting books. In recent years publishers have responded to the need for books with more diverse characters and authors and we have been able to ensure that the very best feature across our entire range. However, this has not always been the case and for schools wanting to inject a more substantial number of books we have created diversity and inclusion collections for Early Years, Key Stage 1, and Key Stage 2 to allow you to easily purchase up-to-date books that are perfect for school classrooms and libraries and support a real and lasting change in working towards accurately representing the whole school population. The following collections feature books with leading characters from different ethnic backgrounds, refugees, diverse families and children living with disability and are a mix of brilliant, engaging, hopeful, funny and adventurous stories children will love.
|Diversity in New Picture Books for Reception & Early Years||Diversity & Inclusion in New Picture Books for KS1||Diversity & Inclusion in Lower KS2||Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion in Upper KS2||Black History Matters|
Our Black History Matters collection offers 22 essential books that offer an opportunity to address the long-standing criticism of the history curriculum as being dominated by ‘crusty old white men’ and ensures that your school library recognises the suffering and the contributions of black people. It includes key titles such as David Olusoga’s Black & British children’s edition, explores the chronology of black history, slavery, Windrush and the civil rights movement and provides a wide range of biographies for KS1 and KS2 readers. This collection is ideal for activities during Black History Month and will serve all year as part of a diverse school library that meets the needs of all children, as all children deserve and Ofsted requires.
It’s also important that the books children use to learn to read are diverse and inclusive. We work with the leading suppliers of reading schemes and recently published scheme books are far more diverse and inclusive than in the past. For instance, see Collins (publishers of Big Cat and Little Wandle), Pearson (publishers of Bug Club) and Oxford University Press for more information on how they are working to give visibility and representation to all readers.
- CLPE: Reflecting Realities
- Lit in Colour
- National Literacy Trust: Black British book map and book lists
- National Literacy Trust: Promoting diversity through literacy
Diversity in New Picture Books for Reception & Early Years
Specifically selected for early years classrooms, this lovely collection of recently published books can significantly increase and update the representation and inclusion on your bookshelves. It includes familiar characters from CBeebies, JoJo & Gran Gran and Ranger Hamza.
All Through the Night: The People Who Work While We Sleep by Polly Faber (Author), Harriet Hobday (Illustrator)
A beautifully illustrated picture book exploring the jobs that keep a city running all through the night, and make it ready for the new day. The sky is getting dark. In a big city, a little girl is eating her dinner, brushing her teeth and getting ready for bed. Meanwhile, her mother is putting on her coat and getting ready to go to work. But where will she go, and who will she see along the way? As the night goes on, follow nurses, cleaners, delivery workers, doctors, police officers, journalists and many more. Meet the people doing the important jobs that help keep the city running all through the night, ready for the next day to come.
Amazing by Steve Antony (Author)
A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing — just like everyone else! A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity. The perfect platform to start conversations about the importance of understanding and acceptance.
Daddy Do My Hair: Beth's Twists by Tolá Okogwu (Author), Chante Timothy (Illustrator)
It’s Sunday evening and dinner is over. Beth is excited and heads to the sofa. Daddy is there with a smile and a chair. Daddy,” she asks, “will you please do my hair? ”It’s the evening before School Picture Day and Beth would like a brand new hairdo! Join Daddy and Beth on a wonderful hair adventure in this heart-warming depiction of the quality time spent between parent and child.
JoJo & Gran Gran Go to the Hairdresser
JoJo and Gran Gran are off to the hairdresser's! Featuring favourite characters from the hit CBeebies show, this book is perfect for sharing with little JoJo & Gran Gran fans. JoJo goes to the hairdresser for the first time ever with Gran Gran, and learns all about how much fun it can be to help out. She even has her hair done, too!
How to be a Real Ballerina by Davina Bell (Author), Jenny Løvlie (Illustrator)
There is a lot to learn about being a ballerina. It is hard work and can seem silly at times. If you fall over, don’t panic. You don't have to be perfect! But when you walk out on the stage, it will feel like magic and fireworks and Christmas-tree lights in your tummy, and you'll know that no matter what, you're a real ballerina.
I Love Me!: A First Book to Build Confidence and Self-esteem by Marvyn Harrison (Author), Diane Ewen (Illustrator)
A first book of positive affirmations — perfect for building confidence and self-esteem in very young children. Every morning, we look into the mirror with Daddy. Together, we say words to help us feel proud and brave, powerful and strong... Brimming with positivity, I Love Me! is a fun and empowering book of affirmations to help little ones stand tall. Written by Marvyn Harrison (founder of Dope Black Dads) and with art by Diane Ewen (the award-winning illustrator of Floella Benjamin's Coming to England), this upbeat book is perfect for sharing, easy to put into practice, and celebrates the very best in all of us! With joyful, uplifting statements for each day of the week, it provides an enjoyable routine to help prepare young children for the wider world of nursery and school. The book also includes a bright, fold-out ending and tips for parents and carers.
Let's Go For a Walk by Ranger Hamza (Author), Kate Kronreif (Illustrator)
Walking in the country, by the sea or in the town, so many wonderful things to see if you stop and look around! Go on your very own walk guided by CBeebies' Ranger Hamza from the hit TV show 'Let's Go For a Walk' with this book that can be used again and again. Take this award-winning book with you on any ramble, wherever you live, with suggestions from Ranger Hamza for things to look out for. Can you see a red thing? A tall thing? Can you find something smooth, and something rough? What can you smell, and what can you hear? As well as things to spot on the walk, each spread contains fascinating Hamza facts.
My Daddies! by Gareth Peter (Author), Garry Parsons (Illustrator)
A funny, heartfelt picture-book celebrating same-sex parents and shared story time, perfect for introducing children to the different kinds of family in the world today. Set off on a series of incredible adventures with an adorable family as the stories they read burst into colourful life. Battle dragons, dodge deadly dinosaurs, zoom to the moon and explore the world in a hot air balloon, before winding down in a wonderfully cosy bedtime ending.
My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain (Author), Ella Bailey (Illustrator)
A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It's there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries? Having suffered with panic disorder herself for as long as she can remember, Nadiya wrote this heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety, to ensure that no child suffers in silence.
Never Let a Diplodocus Draw by Rashmi Sirdeshpande (Author), Diane Ewen (Illustrator)
A laugh-out-loud 'what if...?' adventure... What would happen if you showed a diplodocus how to draw? One day she'd be messing around with crayons and paint — and the next she'd be a global art sensation!
Not That Pet! by Smriti Halls (Author), Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)
Hooray! Mabel and her family are getting a pet! There's no time to lose! But which kind of animal should they choose? Not the snake — it's too scary. The elephant's too big. The worms are too wriggly and the hyena too giggly. Then Mabel has the perfect idea. But will her family agree? A laugh-out-loud rhyming story about finding the perfect pet — with plenty of hilarious twists along the way.
Rooftop Garden by Danna Smith (Author), Pati Aguilera (Illustrator)
A group of city friends work diligently together to grow herbs and vegetables in a rooftop garden. Set to a foot-tappin’ original tune, this rhythmic, rhyming story will have kids singing enthusiastically about the six stages of plant growth. The story concludes with a summer harvest and feast that celebrates the gardeners’ commitment.
Superhero Gran by Timothy Knapman (Author), Joe Berger (Illustrator)
All grandmothers are wonderful and the gran in this story is no exception. She might not lift buildings or go whooshing through the sky, but she can plan super sleepovers, tell super-funny stories and even put together super disguises. This gran really does have super powers!
Talking is Not My Thing by Rose Robbins (Author)
The autistic sister in this sibling pair is non verbal, but she finds plenty of ways to communicate and have fun with her brother. Although she can't talk, this little girl understands everything, and has plenty to say, and lots of ideas. Through body language, drawing pictures, making gestures or using flash cards, she is able to contribute to their life together. Her brother and granny are able to understand her whether she needs help or is helping them!
That's Not My Name! by Anoosha Syed (Author)
An uplifting picture book about loving your name, finding your voice and standing up for yourself. Mirha is so excited for her first day of school! She can't wait to learn, play and make new friends. But when her classmates keep mispronouncing her name, she goes home wondering if she should find a new one. When Mama helps Mirha see just how special her name is, she returns to school the next day determined to help her classmates say it correctly. Featuring beautiful, vibrant illustrations and with an empowering message at its core, this heartwarming picture book from author-illustrator Anoosha Syed reminds us all just how important our names are!
We Are All Neighbours by Alexandra Penfold (Author), Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator)
Let's go walking down our street. Friends and neighbours here to greet. Oh so many folks to meet. We are all neighbours here. Welcome to a neighbourhood where everyone is welcome. A neighbourhood where children of every culture play together, sharing food and laughter, and learning from each other's traditions. A neighbourhood where diversity is a strength.
Diversity & Inclusion in New Picture Books for KS1
A beautiful collection of contemporary books that feature diversity as we experience it in Britain today and which sensitively promotes understanding and an inclusive society where all individuals are valued. Together, these lovely books contribute to a library which represents ethnic and cultural diversity, people with disability and LGBTQ+ families.
You Need to Chill by Juno Dawson (Author), Laura Hughes (Illustrator)
Sometimes people say to me: ‘What happened to your brother, Bill?’
That’s when I look them in the eye and say: ‘Hun, you need to chill.’
When Bill can’t be found at school one day, the imaginations of the other children run wild. Is he on holiday? Is he lost in the park? Has he been eaten by a shark?! It’s up to Bill’s sister to explain…Juno Dawson’ debut picture book is a witty and fun-filled rhyming story about family, identity and allyship. Bold, joyful and warm-hearted, its message of love and inclusivity shines through on every page.
I am NOT a Prince by Rachael Davis (Author), Beatrix Hatcher (Illustrator)
Hopp is a little frog who definitely does NOT want to be a prince! A fairy tale for the 21st century that challenges gender stereotypes and encourages children to be proud to be themselves.
On a misty lagoon in a fairy tale land, young frogs wait patiently to be turned into magical princes. But one little frog is different… Hopp definitely does NOT want to be a prince!
When Hopp sets out on a journey to find their true self, everyone assumes the little frog is destined to be a prince… how could such a strong, brave, and kind frog be anything else? But all it takes is one understanding new friend to help Hopp undergo a magical transformation that causes a positive change to ripple all across the lagoon!
Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon (Author), Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
Join Rocket as she sets sail on a brand new mission — to save a Caribbean island from plastic pollution! When Rocket goes on holiday to visit her grandparents, she's shocked by the pollution that's spoiling their island home and putting the local sea life at risk. Can she think of a way to save the day?
'Clean Up! reminds us that there are always things we can do to make the world better' Book Trust
'Interwoven facts and an inspirational surfing grandma add up to a picture book with a lovely balance of urgency, humour and heart.' The Guardian
Coming to England: An Inspiring True Story Celebrating the Windrush Generation by Baroness Floella Benjamin (Author), Diane Ewen (Illustrator)
A picture book story about the triumph of hope, love, and determination, Coming to England is the inspiring true story of Baroness Floella Benjamin: from Trinidad, to London as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of Lords. When she was ten years old, Floella Benjamin, along with her older sister and two younger brothers, set sail from Trinidad to London, to be reunited with the rest of their family. Alone on a huge ship for two weeks, then tumbled into a cold and unfriendly London, coming to England wasn't at all what Floella had expected. Coming to England is both deeply personal and universally relevant — Floella's experiences of moving home and making friends will resonate with young children, who will be inspired by her trademark optimism and joy. This is a true story with a powerful message: that courage and determination can always overcome adversity.
Don't Feed the Coos by Jonathan Stutzman (Author), Heather Fox (Illustrator)
When you see a coo, you will be tempted to give it a treat. Coos are adorable, peaceful, kind of silly. But DON'T FEED THE COO! If you feed one, they will ALL COME... So begins a cautionary tale of what happens when one little girl shares some bread with a coo (a.k.a. a pigeon). From the park to karate practice to home, the coos follow our plucky heroine as she discovers that even the biggest problem can be solved with a little determination.
The Girl with Two Dads by Mel Elliott
Matilda is a new girl at Pearl's school, but there's something really different and cool about her family — she has TWO dads! Pearl is sure that Matilda's family must be very different to her own but, as they become friends, she starts to discover that maybe Matilda's family aren't so different after all... A funny and heart-warming tale featuring a same-sex parent family. This light-hearted story will open up discussion and encourage children to be open-minded and inclusive. This charming tale of friendship is all about celebrating what makes us different and similar to one another and is perfect for sharing with children aged 3 years and up.
Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love
Julian and his nana are attending a wedding. Better yet, Julian is at the wedding along with his cousin Marisol. When wedding duties are fulfilled and with a new dog friend in tow, the pair takes off to roam the venue, exploring everywhere from underneath tables to enchanting willow trees to... muddy puddles? After all, it wouldn’t be a wedding without fun, laughter and a little magical mischief. With ingenuity and heart, author-illustrator Jessica Love tells a charming story of friendship, acceptance and celebration.
Strong and Tough by Rico Hinson-King (Author), Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)
There is a kid. Let's call him Charlie. On the outside he looks like every other football-mad boy of his age. But he isn't... A story of hope and resilience, this gentle, inspiring picture book tells the tale of Charlie, a little boy who was taken into care when he was very small. Charlie dreams of finding his forever home to share with his sisters. Sometimes he feels scared. Sometimes he wants to scream and cry (and he does, just a little). But he is strong. He is tough.
Strong and Tough is by the amazingly talented ten-year-old Rico Hinson-King. Rico, like Charlie, found strength and resilience along the journey to find his forever family (and played lots of football along the way!). Rico is a Junior Premier League footballer with a knack for words too, who wrote his story so that other children going through similar circumstances can feel less alone, and to encourage empathy in others.
Luna Loves Art by Joseph Coelho (Author), Fiona Lumbers (Illustrator)
Join Luna and Finn at the Art Gallery and step inside famous works of art by Van Gogh, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and many more! Finn doesn't recognise his own family in the art he sees... but maybe all he needs is a good friend. Created by award-winning poet Joseph Coelho, this book follows Luna Loves Library Day as an introduction to different types of families.
'Luna Loves Art offers [the comfort that] not all families look the same — and that is a great message to celebrate.' Laura Dockrill
Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush by Patrice Lawrence (Author), Camilla Sucre (Illustrator)
One day, Ava is asked to dress as an inspirational figure for assembly at school, but who should she choose? Granny suggests famous familiar figures such as Winifred Atwell, Mary Seacole and Rosa Parks, and tells Ava all about their fascinating histories, but Ava's classmates have got there first — and she must choose someone else. But who?
And then Ava finds a mysterious old suitcase — Granny's "grip" — and Granny begins to share her own history, and how she came to England on the Empire Windrush many years ago. She tells her story through the precious items that accompanied her on the original voyage, each one evoking a memory of home, and as Ava listens to how Granny built a life for herself in England, determined to stay against the odds and despite overwhelming homesickness, she realises that there is a hero very close to home that she wants to celebrate more than anyone — her very own brave and beloved granny.
My Friends and Me by Stephanie Stansbie (Author), Katy Halford (Illustrator)
Jamie has lots of friends — lots of friends with different kinds of families. Kate’s got two dads, Hannah has a foster mum. And Jade’s got her very own butler! This funny, heart-warming picture book celebrates different kinds of families and the special bonds between them.
A World Full of Feelings: Finding Calm by Louise Spilsbury (Author), Sofia Moore (Illustrator)
This charming picture book explores times when children find it difficult to find calm and offers some great solutions. Mia and Jackson just can't calm down at bedtime. Meanwhile, around the world, Akiki finds his calm by doing some wild drawing, Li Wei gets over losing his balloon by watching the clouds go by, and Maryam gets out of her sulk by listening to music. What will work for Mia and Jackson?
The book is packed with different situations and explores ways we can find calm, such as breathing exercises, hugs and letting out your feelings. The situations range from bedtime, parties and overwhelmingly busy places to times when we are angry, upset or sad.
Never Teach a Stegosaurus to Do Sums by Rashmi Sirdeshpande (Author), Diane Ewen (Illustrator)
A love letter to learning and the power of numbers from exciting talents, Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Diane Ewen. A laugh-out-loud 'what if...?' adventure that celebrates maths being fun in this riotous read. If a Stegosaurus knew how to do sums — well, what would happen? Maybe she'd learn to code, to invent, to fly to the moon!
Omar, the Bees and Me by Helen Mortimer (Author), Katie Cottle (Illustrator)
An uplifting story on sustainability, in response to many 'heavy' green titles coming to the market that children may find intimidating. Omar, The Bees and Me encourages children to look after nature in local communities, planting wildflowers to form bee corridors. Themes around cultural identity are also explored through Omar (a new boy from Syria) and Maisie's friendship. Offers an insight into international beekeeping and is illustrated by award-winning picture-book maker Katie Cottle, creator of The Green Giant and The Blue Giant. Includes bee facts on endpapers and a recipe for honey cake on the end page.
Pablo Goes Shopping by Pablo
Pablo and his friends are going to the supermarket, or as they like to call it, the super place! Tang loves the super place, but Mouse finds it too bright and too noisy. Pablo and friends find different ways to have a lovely time among all the sights and sounds of the Super Place.
The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad (Author), S. K. Ali (Author), Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
Asiya's hijab is like the ocean and the sky, no line between them, saying hello with a loud wave. It’s Faizah’s first day of school, and her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab — made of a beautiful blue fabric. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful. In the face of hurtful, confusing words, will Faizah find new ways to be strong? This is an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond shared by siblings and of being proud of who you are, from Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad.
'Stark, spiky silhouettes suggest the impact of casual unkindness, while strong, simple poetic language evokes Asiya's calm determination to ignore intolerance' The Guardian. 'Beautifully done; a celebration of the sibling bond and a powerful story of resilience and being proud of who you are.' The Bookseller.
A Superpower Like Mine by Dr. Ranj Singh (Author), Liam Darcy (Illustrator)
Femi has SUPERPOWERS! But not the superhero kind — she can't really fly or turn invisible. Femi's dad says she has lots of superpowers on the inside that make her special.
From kindness to creativity, bravery to patience — join Femi as she discovers all the special powers that her, her friends, and the incredible people around her, bring out in one another every day.
Me, in the Middle by Annette Demetriou (Author), Angela Mayers (Illustrator)
Loosely based on an experience that the author had as a child, this picture book celebrates all kinds of families, but particularly those of mixed heritage.
Georgie's class is learning all about families, but when each one is asked to point to the place their parents come from on a map, she doesn't know which parent to pick. She dreads having to draw her family tree as homework, but once she starts working on it she realises how special it is that the branches stretch so far and wide! And eventually she helps to show her class that all of their roots dig down into the same rich earth - so they're not that different after all!
What Happened to You? by James Catchpole (Author), Karen George (Illustrator)
What happened to you? Was it a shark? A burglar? A lion? Did it fall off? Every time Joe goes out the questions are the same... what happened to his leg? But is this even a question Joe has to answer? A ground-breaking, funny story that helps children understand what it might feel like to be seen as different.
'A revolutionary book on disability.' Inclusive Storytime
'Catchpole's beautifully judged, child-friendly words ably evoke the fatigue and wariness of repeatedly being asked the same question rather than simply being accepted and allowed to play, while George's warm images amplify the delight of shared imagination.' The Guardian
'Wonderful, delightful and important. [...] Not only will it help nondisabled adults and children understand what it is like to be singled out for being different, but it will empower disabled children and help them realise they don't have to justify themselves to people they don't know.' Jen Campbell, bestselling author of Franklin's Flying Bookshop
'With beautifully characterful illustrations and plenty of calming white space, it exudes gentle energy and humour to appeal to every child. This is a stunningly clever book.' BookTrust
'The beauty of What Happened to You? is its focus on empathy... a brilliant book to open up the conversation with pre-school kids.' Disability Arts Online
'A groundbreaking picture book reflecting the world of a visibly disabled child... a funny and very enjoyable read that will nevertheless perform an urgently needed task and generate very useful discussion at home and school.' LoveReading4Kids
Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall
Jabari is inventing a machine that will fly all the way across the yard! But making it go from CRASH to WHOOSH will take grit, patience, and maybe even a little help from his sister. Jabari is making a flying machine in his backyard! “It’ll be easy. I don’t need any help,” he declares. But it doesn’t work! Jabari is frustrated. Good thing Dad is there for a pep talk and his little sister, Nika, is there to assist, fairy wings and all. With the endearing father-child dynamic of Jabari Jumps and engaging mixed-media illustrations, Gaia Cornwall’s tale shows that through perseverance and flexibility, an inventive thought can become a brilliant reality.
Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion in Lower KS2
This exciting and varied collection reflects ethnic diversity in society and includes titles featuring characters with a disability. These books are our top recommendations for books featuring diverse leading characters for lower key stage 2.
Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian (Author), Nasaya Mafaridik (Illustrator)
Welcome, readers, to the imaginative brain of Omar! You might not know me yet, but once you open the pages of this book you'll laugh so hard that snot will come out of your nose (plus you might meet a dragon and a zombie — what more could you want?). My parents decided it would be a good idea to move house AND move me to a new school at the same time. As if I didn't have a hard enough time staying out of trouble at home, now I've also got to try and make new friends. What's worse, the class bully seems to think I'm the perfect target. At least Eid's around the corner which means a feast (YAY) and presents (DOUBLE YAY). Well, as long as I can stay in Mum and Dad's good books long enough...
Aziza's Secret Fairy Door by Lola Morayo (Author), Cory Reid (Illustrator)
Open the door to a world of magic and adventure... A mysterious gift arrives on Aziza's birthday. It is a secret fairy door that will whisk her away to Shimmerton, a magical world with princesses, naughty fairies, shapeshifters, unicorn shopkeepers and mischief around every corner. But when the precious jewelled doorknob is taken, Aziza is trapped. Will she ever see her home and family again? Maybe her new friends, Peri and Tiko, can help...
Bear Grylls Adventure: The Earthquake Challenge by Bear Grylls (Author), Emma McCann (Illustrator)
Fatima is scared of the dark. So when she's transported to a ruined city with no power, she'll need all the help she can get from adventurer Bear Grylls to overcome her fears... Fatima is loving Camp during the daytime, but pitch-black nights in the tent are scary. Then she's given a mysterious compass that transports her to a deserted city, where the aftershocks of a huge earthquake are still being felt and all the lights are out — and the buildings are falling down around her. But soon Fatima meets up with survival expert Bear Grylls, who helps her get safely out of the danger zone. Together they discover that the city's not quite as deserted as it seemed... and Fatima learns a few things about staying calm no matter what happens.
Football Crazy by Tony Bradman (Author), Michael Broad (Illustrator)
Danny and his mates Jamil and Lewis are over the moon when football legend Jock Ramsey agrees to coach their team. For the first time ever the Rovers might have a chance of winning something! But Ramsey's a tough coach. They train every night, and Saturdays too. It's a lot of pressure for lads who just like a kickabout in the park. Can Danny, Lewis and Jamil survive the pressure and stay football crazy — in a good way?
The Boy At the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf
Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.
There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets — not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!
But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.
That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan...
Me and Mister P: Joe's New World by Maria Farrer (Author), Daniel Rieley (Illustrator)
So Mum and Dad have decided we're moving house, but not just down the road, not even in the same town... not even in the same COUNTRY! Not only that, but now they expect me to try and fit in and make new friends. Don't they understand that I just want my old friends who love and accept me the way I am — bad jokes and all. It would seem that the only friend I CAN make is this enormous POLAR BEAR who has come to stay. I didn't ask for him, but I ended up with him at the airport instead of my missing suitcase... Meet Joe as he tries to adapt to his new life. And meet Mister P, the world's most helpful(ish) polar bear. Packed with gorgeous illustrations throughout, readers will love this fun and heartwarming story.
Sona Sharma, Looking After Planet Earth by Chitra Soundar (Author), Jen Khatun (Illustrator)
Sona Sharma combats climate change. When Sona learns about the climate crisis at school and is very worried that no one is doing enough to combat it, she takes up the challenge herself. But Appa isn't amused when Sona throws out her baby sister's nappies and Thatha isn't happy when she tells him to get rid of his colour-coded plastic files. When Sona learns that many of the kolams — the traditional art that people draw in front of their homes to celebrate the winter months and the festival season — are not organic, she sets out to make some big changes by getting everyone involved.
Mint Choc Chip At The Market Cafe by Jonathan Meres
Priya loves helping out at the stall her family have run for donkey's years. But one day she meets Stan. His dad sells everything from dog treats to fish tanks — just like the Sharma family! Priya is horrified, but Nana-ji is on hand to offer lessons on the balance sheet of life. High-quality cream paper and a special easy-to-read font ensure a smooth read for all.
Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Missing Diamonds by Annabelle Sami (Author), Daniela Sosa (Illustrator)
Determined to be the world’s greatest detective, Zaiba is always on the lookout for a crime to solve. She knows everything there is to know about running an investigation — in theory... At her cousin’s Mehndi party, Zaiba gets her first challenge: to discover the identity of the VIP staying at the same hotel. With the help of her best friend Poppy and brother Ali, Zaiba puts her sleuthing skills to the test. And when the celebrity’s precious dog disappears, along with its priceless diamond collar, it’s up to the trio to save the day!
Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes by Sophie Deen (Author), Anjan Sarkar (Illustrator)
Computer code just got dangerous in this action-packed spy adventure series. Asha Joshi has the perfect excuse not to finish her homework. She's just been recruited to join the top-secret Children's Spy Agency. Her first mission: SAVE THE WORLD. Can she do it? Asha's a coder so she should be able to hack into the biggest tech company in the world, fight deadly sharks and figure out why the Internet has stopped working. All before bedtime. Easy, right? The story is a great way to engage young readers in coding, critical thinking and STEM. It is mapped onto key National Curriculum Computing KS1 and KS2 concepts including algorithms, conditionals and debugging.
Lizzie and Lucky: The Mystery of the Missing Puppies by Megan Rix (Author), Tim Budgen (Illustrator)
Lizzie is desperate for a dog. In order to convince her parents to get one, she has to come up with 101 reasons why she needs one. Lizzie is a master at making lists, so thinking of 101 reasons is going to be easy! Especially as she is deaf and could train one to be her hearing dog. But as Lizzie begins compiling her list, she witnesses an adorable puppy being snatched away and put into a van by a mysterious-looking man. Can Lizzie solve the case — and maybe find herself a loyal friend at the same time...?
The Can Caravan by Richard O'Neill (Author), Cindy Kang (Illustrator)
When Janie’s neighbour Mrs Tolen goes into hospital with a broken hip, it looks as though she will have to move out of her old caravan and into a house. Janie is desperate to help, but all seems lost until her school visits a local recycling plant. All it takes from there is imagination, a supportive community, and lots and lots of hard work to transform Mrs Tolen’s old caravan into a safe and secure new home! The latest picture book by renowned Romani storyteller Richard O’Neill celebrates the traditional Traveller virtues of resilience, adaptability, loyalty and independence.
Sam Wu Is NOT Afraid of Ghosts! by Kevin Tsang (Author), Katie Tsang (Author), Nathan Reed (Illustrator)
Sam Wu's tips for being a fearless adventurer Tell yourself that you are NOT afraid. ALWAYS. Do your RESEARCH so you are prepared to face ANYTHING. Assemble a crew of the BEST people you know. Your friends, your siblings. Even a pet! Remember: You are a fearless adventurer and you are NOT afraid! Have FUN on your adventure! Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam begins a mission to prove to the school bully, and all of his friends, that he is a fearless space adventurer. A truly laugh-out-loud, voice-led and madcap story of ghost hunting, snakes and mischievous pet cats called Butterbutt
Secret FC by Tom Palmer
Lily, Zack and Khal can't believe it when the new headmaster at their school bans football in the playground. What are a gang of football-mad kids meant to do at break-time now? Then Zack has a brilliant plan and a very secret football club is formed... Light-hearted and uplifting, this tale of football-underdogs-with-a-twist is lots of fun.
Toad Attack! by Patrice Lawrence (Author), Becka Moor (Illustrator)
After a toad lands on his head as he leaves his house one morning, Leo is determined to find out where it has come from and why. Together with his friend Rosa, he needs to come up with some answers before the angry residents of Upper Dab take matters into their own hands and the toads become toast! A brilliantly quirky comedy caper with a diverse and inclusive cast of characters.
Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls by Atinuke (Author), Onyinye Iwu (Illustrator)
Three charming stories about a young girl who lives in a flat in Lagos with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmummy, who is very bossy. Too Small Tola is just the right size to fit under the bed and rescue Grandmummy's most prized possession when it goes missing. Her abilities in maths prove to be very helpful when Grandmummy becomes ill. In the title story, though Grandmummy can't afford to buy Tola new clothes, Tola turns out to be just as fine as the three fine girls she so greatly admires.
Space Detectives: Extra Weird Creatures by Mark Powers (Author), Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
Grown an extra head and don't know why? You need the Space Detectives!
Connor and Ethan are bamboozled when Starville, the space station where they live, is overrun with cosmic chaos! Boys have two heads, dogs have three tails and even aliens who normally have six arms are growing extra ones!
What is going on? Can Connor and Ethan get to the bottom of this intergalactic mystery?
Featuring: a piano-playing pig, zooming hover-scooters and astronomically scrumptious Snorgleberry tarts.
Flying Fergus: The Wreck-It Race by Sir Chris Hoy (Author), Clare Elsom (Illustrator)
A new coach is needed — but what can a wheelchair basketball champion teach Fergus and friends about cycling? Fergus is sure their new coach is going to be his ultimate hero, cycle champ 'Spokes' Sullivan, so when Grandpa introduces Charlotte Campbell, the children are all less than impressed. Charlie is the successful captain of the Paralympic wheelchair basketball team and has some interesting training methods. She gets the team doing yoga and wheelbarrow races, and enters them in the Wreck-It Run, a charity race where everyone creates their own adapted bikes from parts and must compete in pairs. Fergus is sure Charlie is off her rocker — how will this help them get faster for the International time trials?
An Alien in the Jam Factory by Chrissie Sains (Author), Jenny Taylor (Illustrator)
Scooter McLay’s cerebral palsy affects how quickly he can move his body, but his hyper-creative brain is a constant fizz of brilliant ideas. He spends every day inventing top-secret recipes and machines for his family’s jam factory. There’s just one thing missing... a pet, to share it all with. Or better still, a friend. When a tiny alien named Fizzbee crashes through the factory window, she might just be the answer. Now it’s all hands on deck, as they team up to save the factory from dastardly neighbour Daffy Dodgy.
Hana's Hundreds of Hijabs by Razeena Omar Gutta (Author), Manal Mirza (Illustrator)
Hana has a humongous collection of hijabs and accessories — and her hijab is always styled superbly. But when her overflowing collection gets a little out of hand, Hana knows something needs to be done... and comes up with a clever plan for sharing her talents and possessions with her community! Young makers will chuckle along with this humorous tale of creative problem-solving and learning to help others.
Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion in Upper KS2
Update your library with a wonderful choice of books featuring heroic characters from different ethnic backgrounds, refugees, diverse families and people living with a disability. The collection largely features children living in the UK today and includes adventures, beautiful stories of hope, funny books, mysteries and fairy tales to enjoy.
The Wondrous Prune by Ellie Clements
Uprooted by her single mum along with her troublesome older brother, eleven-year-old Prune Robinson is trying to settle in a new town. She figures she can't burden her hard-working mother with the fact she's being bullied. Or the fact that her drawings have started coming to life.
But with her brother soon in danger, Prune comes to realise that she can't hide her power forever; in fact, it might just be the one thing that brings her family back together and saves them all.
A Double Detectives Medical Mystery: The Cure for a Crime by Roopa Farooki
Twins Ali and Tulip have grown up with a surgeon mother and so have picked up lots of knowledge of first aid, medicine, and the ways of the hospital-they even know where the secret biscuit drawer in A&E is. When their mother becomes unnaturally sleepy and forgetful, they become suspicious of her new boyfriend. With help and a watchful eye from their mysterious wheelchair-bound gran, they set out to crack the mystery.
Will they succeed? They'll need a combination of fast-talking, quick thinking, rule-breaking, medical investigation, and determination — plus a good dash of 'that spooky twin thing'-to cure this crime.
A fun fresh take on the detective genre, full of excitement, humour, and medical know-how!
Can You Feel the Noise? by Stewart Foster
Life is going well for Sophie. She’s getting by at school, has some pretty awesome friends, and their band have made it through to the semifinals of the Battle of the Bands competition.
But when Sophie wakes up completely deaf one morning, the life she once knew seems like a distant memory. With lessons replaced by endless hospital appointments, and conversations now an exercise in lip-reading, Sophie grows quieter and quieter. Until she discovers the vibrations of sound through an old set of drums and wonders whether life onstage is actually still within reach.
Drawing on the author's own hearing impairment, Can You Feel the Noise? is a deeply personal and moving story that will stay with you long after reading.
The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World by Priscilla Mante
A relatable, inclusive story about families, unlikely friendships and girl power. Perfect for fans of Ella on the Outside and Jacqueline Wilson.
Olá! I'm Jasmina Santos-Campbell (but you can call me Jaz). You've probably heard of me and my football team the Bramrock Stars before. No? Well, you will soon because we're almost famous!
Forming the Stars was my genius idea — you see I need to prove to Mãe (that's my mum!) that I'm a football star so she'll want to come back home.
The idea was the easy part, though. Now I've got a team of seven very different girls and we need to work together, to be taken seriously as footballers.
We are the DREAM TEAM and we're going to show the world that girls CAN play football!
The Lightning Catcher by Clare Weze
Alfie has noticed a few things since his family moved to Folding Ford. He really misses life in the city. He and his sister don't exactly fit in here. But the most interesting one is that the weather is BONKERS. One frost-covered branch on one tree in the middle of June? A tiny whirlwind in a bucket in the garden? Only in Folding Ford.
Armed with his bike, a notepad and his new best mate Sam, Alfie is going to investigate. His best clue is Nathaniel Clemm, the only thing in town weirder than the weather. When Alfie 'investigates' Mr Clemm's garden, only SLIGHTLY illegally, he finds a strange box that freezes his trainers and makes his teeth tingle. And when he opens it, only SLIGHTLY deliberately, SOMETHING gets out. Something fast, fizzing and sparking with electricity and very, very much alive. But the creature from the box brings trouble of its own, and as barometers and tempers go haywire in Folding Ford, Alfie finds himself at the centre of a perfect storm.
Llama Out Loud! by Annabelle Sami (Author), Allen Fatimaharan (Illustrator)
Yasmin Shah is a ten-year-old girl who is part of a big, noisy family and doesn’t ever speak. Levi is a rude, sassy toy llama, who talks A LOT and has come to wreak havoc in Yasmin’s life.
Yasmin tries everything she can to escape Levi, but she can’t help being dragged along on his crazy antics — and every day brings a new surprise, whether that’s an erupting bin, a flying tuna fish, or a hat made from knickers. Life is never boring with Levi around — and could it be that he has a secret plan to help Yasmin find her voice?
Maddy Yip's Guide to Life by Sue Cheung
A madcap new story from Sue Cheung, winner of the Diverse Book Award, filled with belly-laughs and packed with drawings! Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Sam Wu.
Maddy Yip is perfectly happy in life, until she realises that everyone she knows has a talent — except for her! Maddy is determined to change that, with the help of her brothers, bewildered grandad and her best friend Dev. There are disastrous attempts at breakdancing and playing the recorder, revolting cakes, and a magic disappearing trick that ends up with an escaped guinea pig. Will Maddy ever find her true calling?
Marie Curious, Girl Genius: Saves the World by Chris Edison
50% Girl power + 50% Genius = 100% Awesome! A brilliant new series with a heroine who uses her science smarts — and her girl squad — to save the world from evil, one invention at a time.
Young inventor Marie can't believe her luck — she's spending her summer holidays in California, at the high-tech headquarters of Vance Corps! She and the other super-clever campers get to build robots, do super-cool science experiments and test out awesome gadgets. But not everyone is a happy camper...Someone is sabotaging their robots, so Marie and her new friends team up to catch the culprit. Can Marie outsmart an evil engineer intent on causing a global disaster?
Frankie's World by Aoife Dooley
A graphic novel offering a unique perspective on Autism, told with humour and heart. Brought to life with glorious colour artwork in a distinctive blue and orange palette. Frankie knows she’s not like anyone else in her class: she’s different, but she can’t quite figure out why. Is it the new freckle on her nose, or the fact she’s small for her age? Or that she has to go to the hospital sometimes? Everyone else seems to think she’s weird too, and they make fun of her at school.
Frankie’s dad left when she was a baby — maybe he was different too? It would explain why she always feels like an alien. So she and her best-friend Sam, embark on a mission to track him down.
Mohinda's War by Bali Rai
A thrilling World War II adventure set in occupied France, featuring an Indian RAF pilot. Great for fans of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne, and those who want diverse historical fiction. Thirteen-year-old Joelle Breton stumbles across Indian-born RAF pilot Mohinder Singh when his plane crashes in occupied France and it's up to her and her parents to hide him from the Nazis. After all, her parents are brave members of the French Resistance and will do everything they can to help get Mohinder back to Britain. But when they are betrayed and tragedy strikes, Joelle and Mohinder will have to act fast if they are ever to evade the enemy. Flashbacks offer dramatic stories set in key moments of history, perfect for introducing children to historical topics.
My Big Mouth by Steven Camden (Author), Chanté Timothy (Illustrator)‘They think I’m cool.’
Dom’s face wrinkled up, ‘Who does? Who cares?’
But I did. I cared. When Dad leaves, ten-year-old Jay has questions.
Where has he gone?
Why did he go?When no one can give Jay the answers he needs, he makes up his own stories, setting off a chain reaction that sees regular old Jay go from just another face in the crowd, to the centre of attention.But being the coolest kid in school comes at a cost. And as things spiral out of control, can the most unlikely person help him learn the most important lesson of all?
Ruby Ali's Mission Break Up by Sufiya Ahmed (Author), Parwinder Singh (Illustrator)
Ruby Ali's eighteen-year-old sister Alisha has left the care centre where they live, and Ruby is being sent to live with a new foster family. If she can sabotage life at her new home, she'll get to go and live with her sister again, right? But mission break up doesn't go exactly according to plan… This funny, heart-warming story about a Muslim girl finding her place in the world features black-and-white illustrations by Parwinder Singh.
Rumaysa: A Fairytale by Radiya Hafiza (Author), Rhaida El Touny (Illustrator)
Step into a Once Upon a Time where anything is possible... Radiya Hafiza's enchanting and funny debut weaves together three stories, spinning the classic fairytale to show that anyone can be a hero.'Rumaysa, Rumaysa, let down your hijab!'For as long as she can remember Rumaysa has been locked away in her tower, forced to spin straw into gold for the evil Witch, unable to leave. Until one day, after dropping a hijab out of her small tower window, Rumaysa realizes how she might be able to escape...
Join Rumaysa as she adventures through enchanted forests and into dragon's lairs, discovers her own incredible magical powers and teams up with Cinderayla and Sleeping Sara!Rumaysa: A Fairytale is a magically fresh, empowering and funny debut, which retells three classic fairytales — Rapunzel, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty — with beautiful inside illustrations by Rhaida El Touny and cover illustration by Areeba Siddique.
Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Author), Steven Lenton (Illustrator)
Runaway Robot is a funny and heart-warming adventure about two best friends helping put themselves back together, from the award-winning Frank Cottrell-Boyce, illustrated by Steven Lenton.
When Alfie goes to Airport Lost Property, he finds more than he bargained for. A lot more. Because there's a giant robot called Eric hidden away on the shelves. Eric has lost one leg and half his memory. He's super strong but super clumsy. He's convinced that he's the latest technology when he's actually nearly one hundred years old and ready for the scrap heap.
Can Alfie find a way to save Eric from destruction — before Eric destroys everything around him?
Paws by Kate Foster
Everything is changing for 11-year-old Alex and, as an autistic person, change can be terrifying. With the first day of high school only a couple of months away, Alex is sure that having a friend by his side will help. So, he’s devised a plan — impress the kids at school by winning a trophy at the PAWS Dog Show with his trusty sidekick, Kevin. This should be a walk in the park... right?
Sindhu and Jeet's Detective Agency by Chitra Soundar (Author), Amberin Huq (Illustrator)
Sindhu and Jeet are the best detectives in town: they solve all their cases with a dollop of observation, a dash of imagination and a whole load of legwork. And when they travel from India to England for a holiday, the detective work doesn't stop! This page-turning story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations by Amberin Huq.
Future Hero: Race to Fire Mountain by Remi Blackwood
When Jarell discovers that the fantasy world he is obsessed with doodling is actually real, he is launched into an incredible adventure. Ulfrika, the land of his ancestors, is in trouble and he is the hero they need. With the help of brave and wise-cracking Kimisi, Jarell must stop the evil Ikala. The future of Ulfrika depends on it...
The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay
Abi and her two step-brothers, Max and Louis, find that strange things happen when they are alone in their eerie, ivy-covered new house.
Abi, reading alone, finds herself tumbling deep into books, while Louis summons a startling guest through his bedroom window. Even Max has started to see shapes in the shadows... Their busy parents see none of it — but Louis’ secret visitor is growing too alarming to keep secret, and he finds he cannot manage without Max and Abi’s help.
Can they find out where the mysterious creature has come from — and how to get it back there?
Anisha Accidental Detective: Granny Trouble by Serena Patel (Author), Emma McCann (Illustrator)
Milo and I have been looking forward to this half-term for what feels like FOREVER — we're finally going to the National Space Centre, to meet a real-life space engineer!
My whole family wanted to tag along and visit a festival first, where this super-famous, mega-expensive diamond is on display. But guess what? The diamond has been STOLEN! And the police think MY GRANNY did it so she's in serious TROUBLE.
Someone needs to prove Granny Jas is innocent, so it looks like Milo and I might need to go UNDERCOVER. It's lucky I'm Anisha, Accidental Detective!
Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World by Konnie Huq
Cookie's life is basically over.Her best friend in the whole world is moving to Solihull because one of her dads has a new job there. Solihull?! Where even is that?! Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void but they have given her an absolute NO. It would be way too expensive and way way too messy.
But Cookie has never been a fan of the word 'no' so she visits the pet shop anyway and sets her heart on the sweetest cutest kitteniest kitten ever: Bluey. But then... DISASTER! The most ANNOYING boy she's ever met in her entire nine years goes into the pet shop, buys Bluey and renames her Nigel! And then he joins her year at school! And if that wasn't bad enough, he moves in next door to her. AAAAGGGGHHHHH!
But it's not all bad... Cookie gets the chance to go on her favourite TV show, Brainbusters. It's only a chance though — she'll have to win the school science competition first. It shouldn't be too hard... all she has to do is keep her head down, and not get too over-excited. Unfortunately, that's not Cookie's strong point...
Black History Matters
Is your school ready for Black History Month? This essential collection offers an opportunity to address the long-standing criticisms of the history curriculum as being dominated by 'crusty old white men' and ensures that our school library no longer renders the suffering and the contributions of black people invisible.
It includes key titles such as David Olusoga's Black & British children's edition, explores the chronology of black history, slavery, Windrush and the civil rights movement and provides a wide range of biographies for KS1 and KS2 Readers.
Discover the inspiring story of Jesse Owens — African-American track-and-field athlete and Olympic gold medalist — in this fascinating kids' biography.
Jesse Owens is one of the most famous athletes of all time, but he experienced discrimination throughout his athletic career, such as having to stay at a different hotel to his teammates, because of the colour of his skin. However, he went on to win an incredible four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games.
This biography, ideal for kids aged 8-11, charts the major events of Jesse's life; from his childhood growing up on a farm in Alabama before his family moved to Ohio in search of better opportunities, to the beginning of his running career and years as a world record-breaking student athlete while working part-time jobs, all the way to the Olympics and beyond.
Discover the inspiring story of Harriet Tubman, a fearless activist and abolitionist who helped guide many slaves to freedom, in this fascinating kids' biography.
Born into slavery in the 1820s, Harriet Tubman would later run away and later help scores of other African American slaves escape to freedom in the North using the "Underground Railroad". A nurse, scout, and advisor during the American Civil War, Harriet co-led the Combahee River Raid, in which 700 slaves were liberated. After the war, Harriet became involved in women's suffrage, or the right to vote, and opened a retirement home for sick and elderly African Americans. In this biography book for 8-11 year olds, learn all about Harriet Tubman's fascinating life, the hardships she endured, and how this American icon of strength continues to inspire so many people today.
Learn the incredible untold stories of the people, places and journeys that shaped Britain, and be inspired to continue learning beyond the page. In this brand new series from The Black Curriculum, learn about the important places that define Black British History. Dive into untold stories and learn what happened when and where. Who was John Edmonstone, where did he live in Edinburgh, and how did he influence Charles Darwin? What can street names tell us about Britain's links to the Transatlantic Slave Trade? Who campaigned to Free the Cardiff Three and how did St Pauls Carnival get started?
Learn all this and more, with this collection of important stories from Black British history around Britain. This book features a foreword from Darcus Beese, bright, bold illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a timeline and glossary of key terms.
Find out about the life of Martin Luther King Jr from how he fought racism and led the civil rights movement to his tragic death and how he is remembered now around the world. For children following Book Bands, it is suitable for children reading at band 9, gold.
The Info Buzz series, for age 5+, helps children develop their knowledge and understanding of the world by covering a wide range of topics in a fun, colourful and interactive way. The books have a lively design, engaging text and photos, questions to get children thinking and talking and teaching notes. Each title is written in conjunction with a literacy consultant and features book band guidance.
Uncover the journeys that define Black British History. Learn the incredible untold stories of the people, places and journeys that shaped Britain, and be inspired to continue learning beyond the page. In this brand new series from The Black Curriculum, learn about how migration has shaped Black British History. Discover how migration has been part of British history right from the start. For example, did you know Black people lived in Britain during Roman times? Or that there was a Black trumpeter in Henry VIII's court? Discover the Black British people who campaigned for the abolition of slavery in the 18th century, like Olaudah Equiano. Find out what brought people to Britain in the 20th century and what life was like for them. Learn how migration is important to Britain's identity and history, and how it continues today. This book features a foreword from Maro Itoje, bright, bold illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a timeline and glossary of key terms. Also available in the series: Places: Important Sites in Black British History and Legacies: Black British Pioneers.
This beautiful hardback gift book is a stunning visual journey through Black British history for younger readers by award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga and illustrated by Jake Alexander and Melleny Taylor. The essential starting place for anyone who wants to learn about Black British History. David Olusoga’s thought-provoking text charts the forgotten histories of Black people in Britain from Roman times right through to the present day. From Roman Africans guarding Hadrian’s Wall, to an African trumpeter in the court of Henry the Eighth, Black Georgians fighting for the abolition of slavery, Black soldiers fighting for Britain in the First World War, Windrush and right up today. These are the stories that brought us all together in this country. When did Africans first come to Britain? Who are the well-dressed black children in Georgian paintings? Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution? These and many other questions are answered in this essential introduction to 1800 years of Black British history. This children's edition of the bestseller Black and British: A Forgotten History is beautifully illustrated in full colour with maps, portrait galleries, timelines, photos and portraits. Olusoga’s celebrated title is now available in a beautiful and absorbing illustrated format that invites readers from seven and up to pore over its pages. 'Maps and portrait galleries effortlessly convey how Black and British history have been woven together since the Roman invasion.' The Guardian. 'It truly sings in picture book form with the history made even more vivid via a trove of old paintings, maps and photographs combined with bold artwork by Melleny Taylor and Jake Alexander.' Imogen Carter, Observer
A celebration of the lives and achievements of inspirational black people through history who made a difference. Brave Leaders & Activists hails courageous black people through time who have stood up for what they believe in, from slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman to South African president Nelson Mandela, and from powerful peacemaker Kofi Annan to Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian politician. Black Stories Matter is a powerful illustrated collection of stories of inspiring black personalities throughout history. Perfect for readers aged 9 and above.
The 25th anniversary edition of Baroness Floella Benjamin's classic memoir, Coming to England. With a foreword by the author and some additional historical information, this is the incredible story of Floella's journey from Trinidad to London, as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of Lords. It is gloriously illustrated throughout by Joelle Avelino, perfect for readers aged 9+. Floella Benjamin was just a young girl when she, her sister and two brothers arrived in England in 1960 to join their parents, whom they had not seen for fifteen months. They had left their island home of Trinidad to make a new life in London — part of a whole generation of West Indians who were encouraged to move to Britain and help rebuild the country after the Second World War. Reunited with her mother, Floella was too overwhelmed at first to care about the cold weather and the noise and dirt from the traffic. But, as her new life began, she was shocked and distressed by the rejection she experienced. She soon realized that the only way to survive was to work twice as hard and be twice as good as anyone else. This inspirational story is a powerful reminder of how courage and determination can overcome adversity.
A bold non-fiction series for 7+ readers focusing on the lives of inspirational historical and modern figures. In 1969 history was made when the first humans stepped on the moon. Back on earth, one woman was running the numbers that ensured they got there and back in one piece. As a child, Katherine Johnson loved maths. She went on to be one of the most important people in the history of space travel. Discover her incredible life story in this beautifully illustrated book complete with narrative biography, timelines and facts.
Nelson Mandela was the first Black president of South Africa. A leader. An inspiration. Nelson Mandela was known for dedicating his life to fighting for equality in South Africa and overthrowing racial segregation. He grew up hearing the elders' stories of his ancestors' fighting in the wars of resistance, and he dreamed of fighting for the freedom of his people. His childhood wish was granted when he became the first black president of South Africa, and an icon for hope, change and equality.
Meet Katherine Johnson, the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible and made sure that Apollo 13 returned home safely when the mission was in critical danger. Counting on Katherine is a beautiful biography, sure to inspire young readers.
As a child, Katherine loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about maths, about the universe...Helaine Becker interviewed Katherine and her family for this authorized biography. From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the true story of a groundbreaking African-American woman who went above and beyond what was expected of her in the 1960s, saving lives and making enormous contributions to history. Featuring Dow Phumiruk's gorgeous full-colour illustrations throughout.
A celebration of the lives and achievements of inspirational black people through history who made a difference. Groundbreaking Scientists explores the important contributions that black people have made to the field of science throughout history, as well as today. From astronomer and inventor Benjamin Banneker to agricultural science pioneer Dr Segenet Kelemu and father of the internet Philip Emeagwali, each has enriched our knowledge of the scientific world with their sheer talent and resilience. Black Stories Matter is a powerful illustrated collection of stories of inspiring black personalities through history. Perfect for readers aged 9 and above.
Katherine Johnson tells the story of this key scientific figure — covering her early maths skills which saw her attending high school at only 10 years old through to her work at NASA calculating and analysing the flight paths of many spacecraft. She helped send astronauts to the Moon. The Masterminds series introduces some of the world's great scientists, inventors and artists, retelling their lives and explaining why their work is important. Clear photographic designs bring a real-life quality to these biographies and major S.T.E.A.M. discoveries. Provides an understanding of scientific discoveries and presents inspirational lives from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Includes a timeline of the person's life and shows the ongoing legacy that we can see around us today. Perfect for readers aged 7 and up.
Mary Seacole is now known for her medical work in the Crimean war, and as a brilliant woman who combated the racial prejudice she experienced in her lifetime. But for a long time, her story was lost. From growing up in Kingston, Jamaica as the daughter of a doctress to helping soldiers in the war, discover the details of the amazing life that Mary Seacole led in this beautifully illustrated book with real-life stories, timelines and facts.
Follow the inspiring life of Martin Luther King, Jr., in a moving, vital, and informative book by an author and an illustrator with close ties to Dr. King’s family.
Martin Luther King devoted his life to helping people, first as a Baptist minister and scholar and later as the foremost leader in the African-American civil rights movement. An organizer of the Montgomery bus boycott and cofounder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. As a result of his actions, the United States Congress passed the historic Civil Rights Act of 1968. Originally published in 1964 , this book’s powerful story and important message remain as relevant today as they were more than fifty years ago. With a new foreword by the author’s wife, Xernona Clayton, the text has been reviewed and updated for a new generation and features striking new illustrations by illustrator Donald Bermudez.
Explore the lives of the Windrush generation in this full-colour anthology. With a foreword from Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE. This book presents 12 moving tales of sacrifice and bravery, inspired by first-hand accounts of the Windrush generation. "Home ain't jus' where you live. Home is your heart an' yer history." Each inspiring story helps to bring the real experience of Black British people into focus. Produced in partnership with Black Cultural Archives to honour the Windrush generation. Includes ten photo-packed fact sections. The contributors: K. N. Chimbiri, Kevin George, Salena Godden, Judy Hepburn, Ashley Hickson-Lovence, Kirsty Latoya, Katy Massey, E. L. Norry, Quincy the Comedian, Jermain Jackman. With cover art by Joelle Avelino. Black Cultural Archives is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of Black people in Britain.
Hiya! Alison Hammond here! I love getting to know all about different people and I'll tell you a secret... sometimes people we don't know much about are the most interesting of all! Which is really what this book is all about.
Let me ask you a question: How many Black people can you name from our history? Mary Seacole? Ira Aldridge? George Bridgetower? Pablo Fanque? Walter Tull? Have you heard of these people? Yes? That's great! But if you haven't, don't worry, you're not alone, which is why I'm so excited to tell you all about them. Because the people in this book should be totally famous given the AMAZING things they've done! And we're not going to stop in the past, I'll introduce you to people making waves right here and now! From sportspeople to scientists, activists to musicians, politicians to writers, we're going to meet a whole bunch of AWESOME people who have helped shape the world we live in. So, are ready for you a journey Black in time?? Course you are, let's go!
This book explains civil rights and the history of the fight for racial equality in an accessible way for younger readers. Included is a foreword by Arike Oke, who is the Managing Director of Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London. A chronological selection of key civil rights moments and movements in the struggle for racial equality is explained in a child-friendly way. This book examines some of the history of how and why racism exists. It looks at topics such as colourism, colonialism, slavery and stolen lands. It explores how white people have used racism to better their lives and some of the cruel and violent ways that they have treated millions of Black, Asian and indigenous people. It also covers the story of the Windrush Generation and modern movements, such as Black Lives Matter. Prominent civil rights campaigners and figures are featured and a timeline helps readers to see at a glance how the fight to bring about racial equality has evolved over time and is still ongoing. Sensitive illustrations illuminate the text and help readers to understand some of the harder concepts. Death and violence are mentioned, but are wholly in context and are written about in a non-alarmist way with the age of the reader very much in mind. The Civil Rights Stories series is a vital resource for younger readers aged 7+ who are being introduced to these topics, are interested in anti-racism or are studying these topics in school.
Rosa Parks, the woman known for refusing to give up her seat on the bus, triggered a great shift in the fight for civil rights. Raised in Alabama, Rosa Parks knew all about the racism of her society from an early age. Discover how she became the brilliant activist we know today, in this beautifully illustrated book with real-life stories, timelines and facts to bring her extraordinary story to life.
Erased. Ignored. Hidden. Lost. Underappreciated. No longer. Delve into the unique, inspiring, and world-changing history of Black people. From Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey, and the achievements of ancient African kingdoms to those of the US Civil Rights Movement, Timelines From Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies takes kids on an exceptional journey from prehistory to modern times. This DK children's book boasts more than 30 visual timelines, which explore the biographies of the famous and the not-so-famous — from royalty to activists, and writers to scientists, and much, much more. Stunning thematic timelines also explain the development of Black history — from the experiences of black people in the US, to the story of postcolonial Africa. Did you know that the richest person ever to have lived was a West African? Or that the technology that made the lightbulb possible was developed by African American inventor, and not Thomas Edison? How about the fact that Ethiopia was the only African country to avoid colonization, thanks to the leadership of a brave queen? Stacked with facts and visually vibrant, Timelines From Black History: Leaders, Legacies, Legends is an unforgettable and accessible hive of information on the people and the issues that have shaped Black history.
Be inspired by the lives of trailblazers past and present in this fun and factual biography series! How did Harriet Tubman help hundreds of enslaved people reach freedom? Born into slavery on a Maryland plantation, Harriet’s life was full of hardship. In 1849, she made the brave decision to run away, journeying north on the Underground Railroad. Despite the dangers, she returned to the South again and again, leading many others to safety. Discover the story of this amazing abolitionist and find out how she overcame every obstacle in the fight for freedom.
Wangari Maathai was a fierce protector of the environment and a courageous advocate for women's rights, especially in her native country of Kenya. Her journey from a girl of rural Africa to a university professor, founder of the Green Belt Movement and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate shows readers how little actions can bring about big changes.