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.


Journey to Jo'burg

by Beverley Naidoo

A simple, touching and thought-provoking story about a poor black family in apartheid South Africa. An excellent book for helping children understand more about apartheid and how it affected every day life. A piece of history than just a simple tale of hardship.

Long Walk to Freedom 

by Chris Van Wyk 

His famous biography has been adapted for children in a beautiful illustrated book. Discover how a little boy whose father called him 'troublemaker' grew up to fight apartheid, become South Africa's first black president and campaign for freedom & justice throughout the world.


Who Was Martin Luther King Jr? 

by Bonnie Bader

With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this books celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.


Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma. When she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad, Clara sees how she can use the cloth in her scrap bag to make a map - a freedom quilt - that no master will ever suspect. 

Little People, Big Dreams: Harriet Tubman by Isabel Sanchez

Harriet was born into slavery on a plantation. She used all of her strength  to escape and journey north on the Underground Railroad. This moving book features stylish illustrations and  includes a biographical timeline and a detailed profile of the abolitionist's life.

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