October is Black History Month, an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the achievements and contributions of the black community in the UK and around the world.
We have some fantastic books for primary and secondary school readers from non-fiction celebrating courageous and inspiring individuals, to stunning contemporary fiction.
Find out about the life of Barack Obama from his childhood and education to how he became President of the United States and what he achieved.
Part of the Info Buzz series for children aged 5+. These books
helps children develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in a fun, colourful and interactive way.
A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a white police officer, drawing connections with real-life history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.
This beautifully written, timely novel features a diverse cast and strong African-American characters, and is a great choice for reading groups due to the themes covered. For readers 9+.
Meet the marvellous Michelle Obama: A+ student, passionate piano player and a girl who’s not afraid to dream big.
This beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book tells the story of Michelle Obama, from her early life, to the inspirational activism she’s known for today! Find out more.
What is Race? explores the history of race and society, looks at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation. Featuring contributions from a range of authors, this book is ideal for starting conversations about race with children aged 10+ and helping them understand and challenge racist behaviour. Find out more.
Black History Matters chronicles thousands of years of black history, from African kingdoms, to slavery, apartheid, the battle for civil rights and much more. Important and inspiring black personalities, from Olaudah Equiano to Oprah Winfrey, are highlighted throughout, while achievements and progress are balanced alongside a look at the issues that many black communities continue to face. Find out more.
Black Panther meets Ready Player One in this dynamite YA novel.
A fierce teen game developer battles a real-life troll intent on ruining the Black Panther-inspired video game she created and the safe community it represents for black gamers.
A stunning coming-of-age novel written in verse, The Black Flamingo follows Michael from boyhood through to university as he explores and comes to understand his identity as a mixed-race gay man, finding his wings at the SU Drag Society as The Black Flamingo. Accessible and beautifully written, Dean Atta’s first YA book is a must-read.
Watch a video of Dean reading a poem from The Black Flamingo.
Patrice Lawrence is a leading name in UK YA, writing brilliant stories and bringing a unique perspective on life as a teenager today. Rose, Interrupted is another gripping and thought-provoking novel, following siblings Rose and Rudder, who have recently left a strict religious sect with their mum. There’s a lot of things Rose loves about her new-found freedom but there’s also a lot she doesn’t understand, it’s normal to let your boyfriend take topless pictures of you, right…?