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Children's titles for Black History Month 2021

by Sophie Green

Take a look at these insightful and inspiring children's titles to celebrate Black History Month.

The Museum of East Anglian Life are hosting an exhibition on Dining With U.S. Innovators: Black People Who Changed Food History opening on 7 October, which pays tribute to the lives and accomplishments of inspiring Black innovators who transformed the way we grow, process and prepare food.

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Timelines from Black History: leaders, legends, legacies, by Mireille Harper

Delve into the unique, inspiring, and world-changing history of Black people. From Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey, and the achievements of ancient African kingdoms to those of the U.S. civil rights movement.

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Young, gifted and black, by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins

Jamia Wilson brings together 52 icons of colour from the past and present and celebrates their inspirational achievements. 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. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream.

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Black and British: an illustrated story, by David Olusoga and Jake Alexander

When did Africans first come to Britain? Who are the well-dressed black children in Georgian paintings? Why did the American Civil War disrupt the Industrial Revolution? These and many other questions are answered in this essential introduction to 1800 years of the Black British history: from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian's Wall right up to the present day.

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Little leaders: bold women in black history, by Vashti Harrison and 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.

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Little leaders: exceptional men in black history, by Vashti Harrison and 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.

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Groundbreaking Scientists, by J.P. Miller and Chellie Carroll

'Groundbreaking Scientists' explores the important contributions that black people have made to the field of science throughout history, as well as today. From astronomer and inventor Benjamin Banneker to agricultural science pioneer Dr Segenet Kelemu and father of the Internet Philip Emeagwali, each has enriched our knowledge of the scientific world with their sheer talent and resilience.

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The place for me: stories about the Windrush generation, by K.N. Chimbiri and Kevin George

Explore the lives of the Windrush generation in this full-colour anthology that presents 12 moving tales of sacrifice and bravery, inspired by first-hand accounts. Each inspiring story helps to bring the real experience of Black British people into focus.

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Coming to England, by Floella Benjamin and Diane Ewen

A picture book edition of 'Coming to England', the inspiring true story of Dame Floella Benjamin: from Trinidad, to London as part of the Windrush generation, to the House of Lords. Follow ten-year-old Floella as she and her family set sail from the Caribbean to a new life in London. Alone on a huge ship for two weeks, then tumbled into a cold and unfriendly London, coming to England wasn't at all what Floella had expected. What will her new school be like? Will she meet the Queen? Filled with optimism and joy, yet deeply personal and relevant, young children will resonate with Floella's experiences of moving home and making friends.

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Windrush child, by Benjamin Zephaniah

The Windrush generation are named after one of the first ships that arrived in the UK from Jamaica in 1948. In this heart-stopping adventure based on real historical events, Benjamin Zephaniah shows us what it was like being a child of the Windrush generation, an important and intriguing time in Britain that's sure to fascinate young readers.

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Two sisters: a story of freedom, by Kereen Gettens

Ruth and Anna are inseparable. Ruth has always known her half-sister isn't like her - her almost-white skin means she is allowed certain things that Ruth can only dream of. Anna wishes she could be braver, like her sister, Ruth. But she has had to live with the fact that the smallest mistake would land not only her in danger, but Ruth and their mother, too. When Ruth and Anna are shipped off to Master John's home in London for their safety, it isn't the haven they imagined. Their differences force them apart - Anna is allowed to stay upstairs while Ruth is banished to the servants' quarters and is forced to work. With whispers of freedom on the city's streets, will Anna find the courage to stand up for Ruth before it's too late?

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Empire's end: a Roman story, by Leila Rasheed

A gripping Roman adventure told by a young North African girl who sets out on a danger-filled journey to Britain. When Camilla, a young North African girl, travels from Leptis Magna to Britain with her family, she believes that she is going on a great adventure and will eventually return to Roman Libya enriched with life experience. However, on the journey she is separated from half of her family. When they arrive in Britain, they discover that the Roman emperor Septimus Severus has died. Lost in the confusion of an empire without a ruler, Camilla is believed dead by her father and left behind on the island of Britain when her family sail away. Will she ever find her family again? What will become of Camilla in this frightening foreign land?

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Hidden figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

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.

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Black music greats, by Olivier Cachin and Jerome Masi

Each title in this series introduces readers to a fascinating non-fiction subject through its 40 most famous people or groups. In this book, 40 of the most inspirational movers, shakers and innovators in black music history are waiting to be heard. Find out about each artists most iconic shows, genre defining techniques, friends, rivals, and nicknames. Each artist profile is complete with 5 must-listen-to tracks: perfect for the budding audiophile.

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