BLACK HISTORY

Get to know some of the important people who have shaped society as we know it ...

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. 

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson

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.

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Black History for Beginners 

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 

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.

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