Get to know some of the important people who have shaped society as we know it ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.
by Denise Dennis
Covering a rich history often ignored, Denise Dennis chronicles the struggle from capture and enslavement in Africa right up through Civil Rights and the different kind of struggle Blacks face today. Suitable for upper KS2.
Long Walk to Freedom
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.