Topic Books about Black History for Children in KS1 & KS2 

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations. 'Exceptional Men in Black History' also available.

Grandad Mandela

by Ambassador Zindzi Mandela, Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela, Zondwa Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s two great-grandchildren realised that they could continue his legacy in the world today. Seen through a child’s perspective, this amazing story is told as never before to celebrate what would have been Nelson's Mandela 100th birthday.


Young, Gifted and Black

by Jamia Wilson 

Meet 52 icons from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement - a collection of stories about change-makers to encourage, inspire and empower. These extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream… whatever it may be.

Henry's Freedom Box

by Ellen Levine

A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author. An excellent way to introduce some of the lesser atrocities of slavery to children in a way that they can understand. 


Little People, Big Dreams: Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This moving book features stylish illustrations and  includes a biographical timeline and a detailed profile of the activist's life.

Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly

This beautifully illustrated picture book explores the true story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "coloured computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.


The Other Side of the Truth

by Beverley Naidoo

This is the story of 12 year-old Sade and her brother Femi who flee to Britain from Nigeria. Seen through the eyes of Sade, the novel explores what it means to be classified as 'illegal' and the difficulties which come with being a refugee.