A special 25th Anniversary edition of the international bestseller in which Grace learns that she can be anything she wants. Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/07/2019. Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/08/2018. this week, a cross-continental publishing duo has launched a cooperation to mentor African childrenâs book authors and publish their books in the US, UK and across the African continent. As a result, Alexander wanted his daughters “to know how we got to this historic moment”, which is exactly what this stirring book does. In fact, get out of our COUNTRY. Of course, there is a darker, thought provoking side too. ALL of the above reasons are important. In ancient legends, Helen is the irresistible beauty who kicked off the Trojan war and changed history. September 2019 Book of the Month | Amara knows exactly what she wants for her 12th birthday: to visit her father’s family in New York. Readers will be left rooting for Rico and Zan to forge the futures they deserve. Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019. His big brother Shawn was recently shot dead, right in front of him, but as “everybody knows”, “gunshots make everybody/deaf and blind especially/when they make somebody/dead”. Poor Ravi! A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2018 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2018 | Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 Former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman tells a gripping adventure story of a school trip that goes horribly wrong. We feel the hunger, the physical drudgery, the monotony and the frustrations, but also the sense of community, the love and support of friends and neighbours and the moments of joy and the passion for learning. She feeds him well, encourages him to exercise, and even takes him to both the doctor and the Wise Man of the village to see if either can be of help. Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018. It tells of his childhood as an ordinary boy in a village and how his belief in democracy was already strongly developed while a student. Marvinder has already saved her brother's life once, but now they both face a daily fight for survival. THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO DIVERSE CHILDRENâS BOOKS with multiracial characters. Author: Savita Kalhan | Published in the UK by Collins, the National Geographic Kids Readers are a valuable resource for classroom and library collections. UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019 | You can feel the love that the author and illustrator of Baby Goes to Market have for West Africa, both of whom grew up there. This is a wise, gentle story about the possibility of kindness in even the bleakest situations. I made the parameters for this post fairly narrow, and often just picked my favorites that covered the same subject matter. Most of the books listed here are recommended either for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and â¦ Author: Caroline Moss | Pitch perfect characterisation in a powerful story that shows how talent and support can turn a life around. - ending with his death on the Somme, his memorials and his legacy. But all life is thrown into terrible disarray when she goes to meet Papi at the airport and learns that his plane has fallen from the sky, and then: “I am swallowed by this shark-toothed truth.” This story is blessed with such divinely piercing language throughout. Their opposite-side-of-the-tracks narrative plays out with heated banter and feverish frisson, with class conflict rearing its head at every turn as Rico struggles to accept Zan’s generosity just like her mom refuses to apply for government support. Inspired by author’s shock at hearing that three British schoolgirls had flown to Syria to join the ‘Islamic State’ in 2015, this is a timely, thought-provoking debut that also packs in powerful universalisms about growing up, falling in love and discovering who you are. Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018. Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2020. Author: Ashley Bryan series is the perfect place to start for those of us looking to learn more about the too often forgotten parts of British history. Diverse books encourage empathy and inclusion, and can teach us about people and events in history that are all too often forgotten.. Amber has friends and teachers who believe in her, but she cannot explain what really goes on at home. Author Todd Parr always fills his books with whimsical characters, and Itâs Okay to Be Different is no exception. Today weâre thrilled to be welcoming Tracey Mathias to talk about her YA novel Silence is Also a Lie! Iâm always looking to add more books to my library, and I hope that this list of diverse books for children is helpful for you. Best friends Mai and Rose wish they could swap hair, but what will happen when their wish comes true? Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/01/2018. We are here to support change through education, and that includes educating ourselves â so please do share your recommendations with us on Twitter and Instagram. This joyful picture book is all about friendship, loving yourself and celebrating differences! Author: Manjeet Mann It’s another uplifting and positive story in the thoroughly excellent The Questioneers series, and go-getter Sofia is a wonderful role-model for us all. She has one foot in Garden Heights, a rough neighbourhood ruled by gangs, guns and dealers, and the other in an exclusive school with an overwhelmingly wealthy white student population. This list is by no means exhaustive â take a look at our full range of diverse childrenâs books here. The plot unravels at the pace of a thriller and as a consequence it’s a book that is almost impossible to put down. They canât love each other â but they do. Author: Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed For more books on this theme head over to our sister site, LoveReading4Schools topic list - The Slave Trade, Author: Akwaeke Emezi Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2018. Fortunately, Malala and her friends survived. Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers. Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2019. A very big welcome to this beautiful new edition of an award-winning title which tells exactly what very special ingredient is needed to make Hue Boy grow. Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2020. How do I deal with the fact that I DO need them to get ahead without feeling like I’m turning my back on my own people?” And what’s he supposed to do when he falls for SJ and his mama’s dead against him dating a white girl? Khalil is unarmed and poses no threat, but he’s shot dead by an officer right in front of her. Their bodies are lashed and “roasted by a brutal sun”, Moa hasn’t seen his house-slave mama for three years, his papa lost an arm in mill machinery, and his friend Hamaya fears the day predatory white men will “come for me.” Top 10 culturally diverse picture books for toddlers and infants â in pictures Eileen Browne Seven Stories, National Centre for Childrenâs Books is delighted to announce Diverse Voices â 50 of the Best Childrenâs Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.. A distinguished independent panel of experts has come up with a list of 50 books for all children, from birth to teens, living in the UK today. How Sam deals with the bullies, including showing incredible courage in rescuing one from real danger, and how he deals with his own illness with another kind of bravery is all brilliantly captured in Malorie Blackman’s vivid drama. No snitching. They belong only to those who said them” The bullies are cleverly depicted as faceless, raceless, anonymous shadows thus avoiding apportioning blame to any one sector. The world is, thankfully, a gloriously diverse place: itâs important that the characters we create for children reflect that. A way in. 1. The Proudest Blue is an uplifting story, discussing themes of bullying and sibling love. Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2013 | One of Julia Eccleshare’s Stand-out Children’s Book of the Year 2012 | Winner of the 2010 Islamic Foundation International Writing Competition, (8-11 category) | Winner of The John C Laurence Award (for writing that improves relations between the races) | Shortlisted for the Muslim Writer’s Award 2011. While travelling to stay with Jane’s niece in her Scottish pub, they form a beautiful bond, finding common ground in their love of music and the fact that they’re both outsiders in Britain - Jane because she’s German, and Louisa because she’s mixed race and subjected to racism. Author: Muhammad Khan But one thing’s for sure, Jade’s not going to let anything distract her from being a success and making a difference. Everyone should see themselves reflected in books. It’s a relationship strong enough to endure through the different pressures on both of them. At the time of the last census in 2011, almost a decade ago, 13% of the UK population (equivalent to about 8.1 million people) identified themselves as Black, Asian or from another Ethnic Minority. Author: Dean Atta The language soars and sings, and the vibrant interspersed comic strips by Dawud Anyabile enhance the immersive experience with panache. In this new adventure, her plans for a plastic-free birthday party are overtaken by circumstances and before we know it, she’s accidentally become best friends with Suzie Ashby, got a detention, upset her friend Jake, and handed over £25 to take part in Woodburn Primary’s very own F Factor, which turns out to be not what she expected at all. Their escape is full of drama and tension, but what will shock young readers is the casual brutality and hateful self-justification of the white slave owners Rosa encounters. Following a wonderfully robust response to that from her Grandpa - “Cobblers!” he shouts – they pack up her tools and set off for Technoff Isle in an extraordinarily wonderful, amphibious vehicle, designed by Izzy. ‘I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender. Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2019. Onjali Q. Raufâs gorgeous story of friendship and kindness was based in part on the stories she encountered whilst working in refugee camps. This accessible format and the first-person narration create an intimate picture of a very real boy and what life in a refugee camp is really like. Books in the Anisha, Accidental Detective Series: Alongside the intense struggles and conflicts faced by Starr’s family and community, there are some truly heart-melting moments between Starr and her white boyfriend Chris (their shared love of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is super cute), and also between Starr and her parents. That’s President Barack Obama on Katherine Johnson, his quote one of many contemporary sources that bring her extraordinary achievements to life in this concise but information-packed biography. Baby eats a little of each and adds the remainder to the shopping basket that Mama carries on her head. I’d love to know what she does next. The worry – depicted as a scribbly yellow shape – is hardly noticeable at first, but starts to grow and soon it’s with her all the time, stopping her from doing the things she loved. But this tragic event turns out to be the beginning of their story, for Kate’s death flips Jack back in time and he meets her again, as if for the first time, with Kate sensing that she knows him from somewhere: “The way you look at me. Because language can take you places”, and she has a scholarship to attend a mostly-white private school. These are very real characters, high achievers who are not afraid to have fun. This holds especially true when it comes to kids learning about differences â different races, different religions, different abilities and more. The brothers encourage her to pray, and she’s gifted a hijab, which she hides from her parents, since her father insists “it was only the 'ignorant’ who clung to Islamic teachings”. Author: Karyn Parsons Author: Nelson Mandela, Chris van Wyk The 2017 survey, funded by the Arts Council, concluded that only 1% of children's books have a main character from an ethnic minority and only 4% featured any characters from ethnic minorities at all. Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020. Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2020. As a young Barbie-loving boy, mixed race Michael wonders if he’s “only half” of everything, to which his mother poignantly replies: “Don’t let anyone tell you/that you are half-black/and half-white. There’s the racism of black women being labeled “aggressive” for merely expressing their views. Then a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes in a city hundreds of miles away and everything changes . Readers cannot help but develop empathy and compassion for people like Omar. Emoni is used to hearing other people’s problems with her dual heritage (“it’s like I’m some long-division problem folks keep wanting to parcel into pieces, and they don’t hear me when I say: I don’t reduce, homies. There are plenty of poignant moments along the way, such as when Nik expresses how it feels to lose a person you love: “It made you feel empty. To Camino, Papi is a “A king who built an empire so I’d have a throne to inherit”, and she lives for the summer months when he comes home to them. When a telegram arrives inviting her to stay with Mama, Ella is over the moon but, while non-segregation is an eye-opening wonder, Boston life isn’t everything she’d hoped for. We have a special category for the Little People, Big Dreams series. Author: Andrea Beaty Taking its name from a Nina Simone song, and written as “a love letter to our ancestors, and to the next generation of black changemakers,” this exuberantly illustrated book presents a plethora of outstanding individuals who’ve realised amazing achievements in their respective fields. Their mother has prepared the girls with wise words, which they remember as they encounter different reactions, and these are shown on dreamy spreads of Faiza’s thoughts and their mother’s words. What books are you and your kids looking forward to reading in 2020? A hilarious race against time ensues, with clues to pursue, undercover surveillance to be done and the involvement of some decidedly curious characters (among them a weeing lobster), and the menace of Anisha’s “evil” cousins-to-be. This first book in the four part Run series is a world class middle grade story with all the witty tenderness of Louis Sachar and a whole lot of heart, humour and edge-of-your-seat action. Stirringly, the story is framed by a contemporary setting, with Joelle revealing this incredible - and hitherto unknown – story at Mo’s funeral. Author: Nic Stone Talking of which, through the sexual insults, and despite her mother’s meting of cruel punishments, Xiomara does find her voice. Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life story has been adapted into a wonderfully child-friendly version. Izzy seems to be in trouble when one of her competitors selfishly hoards all the materials available for herself, but there’s very little that Izzy can’t tackle with her limitless ingenuity and creativity. Nothing is simplistically handled; all the moral nuances are thoroughly explored through Jeevan’s interactions with his friends and family. Michael’s journey is complex, moving and told with a raw vitality that makes the soul soar and the heart sing, with Anshika Khullar’s magnificent illustrations and the smart design adding further depth, prompting the reader to pause for thought as his story requires. See more ideas about Childrens books, Childrens, Books. Author: Lisbeth Kaiser Readers will hope with all their hearts that Lovey and Matt’s futures are presaged by Bob Marley’s “every little thing gonna be alright” lyrics that ring out during a momentous shared taxi ride. Now Sami and his family have to leave their home, their friends and their beloved Jadda (grandmother) – not just to move to another town but to start a long and perilous journey to the safety of the other side of the world – to England. The story does not centre around gender identity, but also does not ignore the impact upon the character and plot in a very natural, unforced way. You Should See Me in a Crown is a clever, empowering and hilarious rom-com from debut talent, Leah Johnson. Mama must be very strong! Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 | A romantic and relevant debut about Islamophobia and how it affects the normal life of a teenage girl. Will is only fifteen but he’s experienced more violence and loss than most people might in an entire lifetime. More childrenâs books are being sold in the UK than ever before â but how accurately do they represent the society we all live in? 3. Diverse Voices â 50 of the Best Childrenâs Books. Author: Kwame Alexander Strongly set in a busy family, Mira’s life is full of the ups and downs of family, friends and school; most particularly there is sadness in knowing that her beloved grandmother is dying and happiness as her interest in a mysterious boy in her class blossoms. At the end of the book a Next Steps section with suggestions for activities and discussion will be very useful and the section where each story is summarised in four steps will be invaluable for modelling writing. As the You Must Be Layla title suggests, she’s a one-of-a-kind heroine, and this funny, thought-provoking novel - the first children’s book from inspirational Sudanese-born broadcaster, social advocate and mechanical engineer Yassmin Abdel-Magied - is a one-of-a-kind bundle of comedy and compassion. There’s a painful falling out with “tight since womb days” friend Malik. Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2019. Diverse childrenâs books are vitally important; every child should be able to see themselves, and their friends, in the books that they read. Inspired by the mythology of Western Africa, the first part of the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy garnered awards, critical praise and legions of fans. Author: Jessica Wilson Is the special visitor sitting at the back of the classroom and making Miss Riley so nervous really a TV talent scout? . The fabulous world building continues with deepening complexity in both the political and religious layers of Orïsha. It’s just something I knew how to do”, he explains. As the Easter holidays approach, weâve got loads of great new books to keep them occupied over the school break. In 2012, Malala and her two school friends were targeted and shot when travelling home from school one day. The whole of me is whole”), but since falling pregnant in her freshman year she has a new set of struggles to contend with. Whilst feeling sleepy as her hair is done Sofia dream-travels to visit a Jamaican Rastafarian, an African ancestor and a Black Panther in Los Angeles. Author: Michaela Morgan Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021 | This Middle Grade debut from award-winning YA author Nic Stone (I adored her Dear Martin novel) features one-of-kind characters and true-to-life struggles underpinned by a special relationship between a boy and his grandma, and the segregation history of the American South. After all those treats Baby has a nap and Mama gets a well-deserved taxi ride home. Picture books, chapter books and middle grade books. Author: Tanya Landman Author: Isabel Thomas But then Hue’s dad comes home. Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2019. Many of the stories are intensely poignant, such as that of the Low Cuts crew whose bad behaviour is fuelled by a desperate love for their sick parents. Cue Jack wryly referencing Back to the Future and Groundhog Day while up to his neck in serious complications. Nelson Mandela, written by Isabel Thomas and illustrated by Hannah Warren is a charmingly illustrated biography of an anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist. Picture book stars don’t come much more inspirational or resilient than young Izzy, but she’s thoroughly human too, not above getting frustrated or bad-tempered and often in need of encouragement from Grandpa and her friend Fixer the crow. Author: Moira Harvey Rosa and Benjamin meet, fall in love and marry but because they are slaves, their lives are not their own. Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018. Hereâs a secret: the perfect hair is yours! Tiger finds Boy sitting on a rock and demands he run to avoid being eaten. As the war in Syria creeps closer, until a bombing of a local mall affects his family, everything has been good. Renée Watson shows us that families are complicated, that it’s never too late to change or make amends, and that we can all carry on learning even as we grow up. 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