Children’s books for all ages that celebrate Black History Month in October


Black History Month takes place throughout the month of October and there are many ways to celebrate and use the event as an educational experience for children.

No matter how old your little one is, it’s never too early to start learning the importance of Black History Month, and a fantastic way to do that is by reading books. , and there are plenty of choices that cover all ages.

Here are our recommendations:

Little Leaders: The Bold Women of Black History, £ 7.99




The New York Times bestseller, this book follows 40 pioneering black women through history. From nurse Mary Seacole to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey, these true stories reveal how these brave women defied expectations, exceeded limits and achieved greatness in their respective fields.

The book is beautifully illustrated, written by Vashti Harrison, and has an 8-11 reading guideline.

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Black History – My First Heroes, £ 6.99




This hardback book is designed for preschoolers, with pull and slide scenes and bright, bold colors.

Children can learn about black pioneers, men and women, around the world and be inspired by their accomplishments. The book, written by Campbell Books and illustrated by Jayri Gomez, has been recommended as part of Dr. Amanda Gummer’s “Good Play Guide”.

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Poet Maya Angelou, rapper Stormzy and activist Rosa Parks will all make an appearance in this celebration of black history.

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Hey you! : An Uplifting Celebration of Growth in Black, £ 6.99




This picture book brings together 18 different black illustrators to create a beautiful and lyrical exploration of growth in black.

Waterstone’s says, “This book addresses – honestly, but hopefully – the experiences black children face growing up with systemic racism, while offering hope for the future, delivering a powerful message to a new one. generation of dreamers. It’s a message that is both urgent and timeless – and provides a rich and fulfilling reading experience for every child. ”

The book is written by award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola.

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The bench, £ 9.99




This first image written by The Dutchess of Sussex tells the heartwarming story of the bond between fathers and sons.

The Duchess’s children’s book gives readers a glimpse of the love shared between a diverse group of fathers and sons. You will see them share moments of peace, of trust and belief, of discovery and learning, of comfort and of education.

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Michelle Obama: Volume 62 – Little People, Big Dreams, £ 9.99




This illustrated entry from the Little People series, Big Dreams follows the inspirational first lady’s life story told for younger readers.

Discover the incredible life of Michelle Obama, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to the iconic First Lady of the United States, lawyer, lawyer and bestselling author.

The book, which has a reading age guide of 5 and up, features original artwork and additional facts on the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the woman’s life. inspiring.

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Dreams of My Father (suitable for young adults): A History of Race and Inheritance, £ 12.99




This biography follows the life of a young Barack Obama, long before he became the first black president of the United States.

The son of a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, Obama examines his relationship with his family, the complicated truth of his father’s life and legacy and comes to embrace his own.

Waterstones says the book, which has been adapted for young adult readers, is “a revealing portrayal of a young black man asking questions about self-discovery and belonging – long before he became one. of the most important voices in America “.

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Felix Forever, £ 6.99




“Felix Ever After” is an inclusive love story that follows the story of Felix, a transgender man who finds himself in an unlikely love triangle after suffering transphobic abuse from an anonymous source.

This Kacen Callender teenage / YA novel is a journey of self-discovery, self-love, and recognizing the love you deserve.

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Endgame, £ 14.99




It’s been 20 years since Malorie Blackman’s groundbreaking series began with ‘Noughts & Crosses’, which mapped out the deeply forbidden romance between Sephy (a cross) and Callum (a zero) – a love affair that has impacted their families for generations.

Endgame is the dramatic conclusion to this set of topical dystopian love stories, making it an ideal read for teens and young adults now, and for those who have read the first in the series ago. at 20 years.

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Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: 100 Real Tales Of Black Girl Magic, £25.00




From Ida B. Wells to Naomi Osaka, “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” highlights hundreds of black women and girls from around the world and through the centuries, telling their inspiring stories for a young audience.

The book is the latest from Rebel Girls, a global, cross-platform empowerment brand dedicated to helping raise the world’s most inspired and confident generation of girls through content, experiences, products and community.

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First Questions & Answers: What is Racism ?, £ 9.99




These “lift and look” books are perfect for ages 0-5. With bright and colorful illustrations, this volume is the perfect introduction to anti-racism for toddlers.

It helps children (and adults) understand the language and sensitivity they need to talk about the topic, and gently explains what racism is and how it occurs.

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