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Black Lives Matter Inspired Junior Non-Fiction

Three book covers side-by-side: Hidden Figures, Young Gifted & Black, Martin Luther King Jr

Let's talk about race with these junior non-fiction picks inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Dream big, little leader by Vashti Harrison

'Dream Big, Little One', there's so much you can do. Just look at all the women who came before you. Based on the New York Times bestselling sensation 'Little Leaders: Bold Women' in Black History this board book will inspire all little people of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.

The first of the 'Little People Big Dreams' Series

Rosa : my first Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser, Marta Antelo

In the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series, discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Rosa Parks grew up during segregation in Alabama, but she was taught to respect herself and stand up for her rights.

In 1955, she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her decision had a huge impact on civil rights, eventually leading to the end of segregation on public transport. Rosa has been described as The Mother of the Freedom Movement; this inspiring story of her life features a facts and photos.

Maya : my first Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser, Leire Salaberria

Meet Maya Angelou, one of the world's most beloved writers and speakers. This biography follows the life of Maya Angelou, from her early traumatic childhood to her time as a singer, actress, civil rights campaigner and, eventually, one of America's most beloved writers of poetry, memoirs, and essays.

Ella : my first Ella Fitzgerald by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Bàrbara Alca

This board book version of 'Ella Fitzgerald' introduces the youngest dreamers to the First Lady of Song, from her early singing days on the streets of Harlem to her success as a jazz legend. Ella Fitzgerald grew up near Harlem, in New York, where she was surrounded by music and dance.

After winning first prize in a talent competition at the Apollo Theater, she went on to tour the world with her pioneering voice. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this fascinating icon, and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own.

Wilma : my first Wilma Rudolph by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Ma Isabel, Amelia Flower

Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contracted polio in her early years and her doctors said she would never walk again. But Wilma persisted with treatment, and she recovered her strength by the age of 12. At school, Wilma showed a talent for basketball and sprinting, earning the nickname 'Skeeter' (mosquito) as she ran so fast. Wilma was in college when she went to the 1960 Olympics.

She not only won gold in sprint events, but also broke world records with her sprinting skill. She had beaten polio to become an Olympic champion. She is a huge inspiration to many women in sports around the world. Babies and toddlers will love to snuggle as you read to them the engaging story of this fascinating athlete and will also enjoy exploring the stylish and quirky illustrations of this sturdy board book on their own.

Josephine : my first Josephine Baker by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Agathe Sorlet

Meet Josephine Baker, the world-famous entertainer, activist and French Resistance agent in this true story of her life! New in the beloved 'Little People, Big Dreams' series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the incredible life of Josephine Baker, from growing up in St Louis, Missouri, during segregation to defying expectations and performing on the stage in Paris, where audiences fell in love with her.

Ali : my first Muhammad Ali by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Brosmind

Discover the incredible life of Muhammad Ali, 'the greatest' boxer of all time. When he was little, Muhammad Ali had his bicycle stolen. He wanted to fight the thief, but a policeman told him he had to learn how to box first. After training hard in the gym, Muhammad developed a strong jab and an even stronger work ethic.

His smart thinking and talking earned him the greatest title in boxing: Heavyweight Champion of the World. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of 'The Greatest's' life.

Harriet : my first Harriet Tubman by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Pili Aguado

This title discovers the incredible life of Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad conductor who 'never lost a single passenger.' Little Harriet was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland. Though life was hard, Harriet persisted. She used all of her strength and bravery to escape slavery and journey north on the Underground Railroad.

Harriet made the dangerous mission back to the South many times, fighting her whole life to bring others with her to freedom. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the abolitionist's life.

Little leaders. Bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison, Kwesi Johnson

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. Debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison pairs captivating text with stunning illustrations as she tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history - from nurse Mary Seacole, to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey.

Little leaders. Exceptional men in black history by Vashti Harrison, Kwesi Johnson

This beautifully illustrated volume educates and inspires as it relates true stories of black men in history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible full-colour art bring to life both iconic and lesser-known figures. Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop culture icons. The men featured include writer James Baldwin, artist Aaron Douglas, photographer Gordon Parks, diplomat Kofi Annan, comic book author Dwayne McDuffie, and musician Prince.

Hidden figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, Winifred Conkling, Laura Freeman

Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award-nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers! Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at maths - really good. They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space.

And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world. In this picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.

Michelle Obama : the fantastically feminist (and totally true) story of the inspirational activist and campaigner by Anna Doherty

Meet the marvellous Michelle Obama: A+ student, passionate piano player, and a girl who's not afraid to dream big. Determined to make the world a better place, the grown up Michelle gets to work in helping the community in whatever way she can. But then she meets and falls in love with Barack Obama, who is equally passionate about changing the world and who tells her he wants to become the first African American President of the United States, Michelle knows it's time to really find her voice.

Nelson Mandela by Isabel Thomas

Anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, Nelson Mandela's journey from political prisoner to president of South Africa is an incredible tale of triumph in the face of adversity. 2018 marks a hundred years since his birth. From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Livesis a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way.

Launching with Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela and Amelia Earhart, Little Guides to Great Livestells the stories of the most amazing people from all over the world and across history, with colourful illustrations and fresh design to bring their incredible stories to life.

Young, gifted and black by Jamia Wilson, Andrea Pippins

Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams

Little People Big Dreams

Martin Luther King Jr by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Mai Ly Degnan

Learn about the incredible life of Martin Luther King, Jr., the inspiring minister and civil rights activist, in this book from the bestselling 'Little People, Big Dreams' series.

Pelé by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara

In the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. With a sock full of rags for a ball, Pelé honed his skills in a poor neighbourhood in Brazil. He believed that, one day, he would lead his country to World Cup victory - and he was right!

Today, he is widely regarded as the greatest footballer who ever lived - and a hero off the pitch, too, using his voice to help the people who need it most. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of Pelé's life.

Aretha Franklin by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara

Aretha Franklin, 'The Queen of Soul', was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was twice voted Greatest Singer of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. She was also an important activist for civil rights and women's rights. This book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the broadcaster's life.

Jesse Owens by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Anna Katharina Jansen

Little Jesse, originally J.C., was born in Oakville, Alabama, during segregation. When he was nine, he moved with his parents and nine brothers and sisters to Cleveland, Ohio, to find a better life. There, he found his passion for running, and was making national headlines by high school, where he equalled the world record in the 100-yard dash.

It was during the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics that he established himself as a legend, winning four gold metals that also delivered an unforgettable blow to Hitler and racism. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the athlete's life.

Evonne Goolagong by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Lisa Koesterke

Part of the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series, this title tells the inspiring story of this indigenous Australian tennis star.

Jean-Michel Basquiat by Ma Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Luciano Lozano

Jean-Michel was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father was from Haiti and his mother was Puerto Rican-American. As a child, his gift for art was noticed by his teachers and nurtured by his mother. After struggling in high school, he gained recognition as part of the graffito duo SAMO that spray-painted cryptic messages and images around the landscape of Manhattan's Lower East Side. He eventually made his way to the New York gallery scene and on to international acclaim. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the brilliant artist's life.

This book is anti-racist by Tiffany Jewell

Who are you? What is racism? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? What can you do to disrupt it? Learn about social identities, the history of racism and resistance against it, and how you can use your anti-racist lens and voice to move the world toward equity and liberation. Gain a deeper understanding of your anti-racist self as you progress through 20 chapters that spark introspection, reveal the origins of racism that we are still experiencing and give you the courage and power to undo it. Each chapter builds on the previous one as you learn more about yourself and racial oppression. Exercise prompts get you thinking and help you grow with the knowledge.

What is race? who are racists? why does skin colour matter? and other big questions by Claire Heuchan, Nikesh Shukla

Talk about race is often discouraged, but this title aims to bring everyone into the conversation. Exploring the history of race and society and giving context to how racist attitudes come into being, the book looks at belonging and identity, the damaging effects of stereotyping and the benefits of positive representation. The authors talk sensitively about how to identify and challenge racism, and how to protect against and stop racist behaviour.