The Boy at the Back of the Class is the perfect book for encouraging inclusion and empathy. Following the outbreak of war and Nazi occupation they support the French Resistance. 3. Anna’s mum has just given birth to twins and Anna is going to have to share her family with her baby brothers. It’s not long before Louisa, Ellen and young flight lieutenant Jamie step-up their war efforts, as their story builds to an impeccably conducted, pulse-quickening crescendo. | Witty and warm-hearted, this is a delightful family story spiced with adventure. A fast, fresh and very funny read. As Lovey opens Matt’s world and heart, they discover that they’re also bonded by a tragic moment that shaped both their lives. Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2019. Bright, bold and with plenty for little ones to giggle over as they get involved, this is the very best kind of board book – the kind that toddlers will request over-and-over (and over!) Once again, the children let their imaginations run wild, so that everyday primary school life becomes a thing of delight and wonder: could the pet rabbits in the playground be attack bunnies? For little ones who can express themselves verbally, books are a great way to explore and discuss diversity together. 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. Crossfire, Author: Sita Brahmachari She makes a mistake when she takes jewels from the queen’s bedroom though, triggering a series of events that leads to Chaya and two friends, villager Neel and merchant’s daughter Nour, fleeing into the rainforest on the king’s elephant. Gripping, moving and informative, this is a wonderfully warm read, and Scoob’s perspective is spot-on for the age-group. 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. Overflowing with truths of the heart, and truths about inequalities that need to be broken, while also addressing the complexities of what it means to be of a place, I can’t praise this highly enough. A deceptively simple story –it is in the illustrations that we see the development of the garden as the pictures move from a dark rocky palette, to a more organised series of garden terraces, with colour gradually growing in each spread as we progress through the book – until at last we have a wonderful explosion of plants and animals for all the birds, bees and humans to share. 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. Among the fifty-two figures we meet are household names from contemporary culture (Michelle and Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé, for example), and hugely important historical heroes and heroines. Illuminating, compassionate and beautifully written, this remarkable fact-based debut tells the story of eleven-year-old Ella, who lives in small town South Carolina with her cousin Henry and orphan Myrna, all three of them cared for by Granny and Poppy while Ella’s jazz singing mama works in Boston. This endearing character-driven treasure from the award-winning author of Dear Martin is a race-against-time romance replete with real-life hardship, class conflict and hope. Misunderstanding and prejudice impacts them almost as much as deception and treachery. Reflecting Realities, by CLPE, was the first UK study to look at diversity in children's literature, looking at published work from 2017 and 2018 and analysing the number of black or ethnic minority characters featured. The journey taken by that young ballerina to make that entrance is particularly inspiring however: she is Michaela DePrince, and the book describes simply and without embellishment how she came from an orphanage in Sierra Leone to become one of the world’s best dancers. But jewellery and heels are so uncomfortable . It’s a story that makes you doubt humanity, while also celebrating individual courage and resilience. “I believe that all of creation is one whole. The writing is crisp, clever and dazzlingly compact, with a whole family history and personally-charged societal issues conveyed with powerful precision. If you found this diverse books for children blog post helpful, please consider sharing it with your friends and colleagues. So how come, when you help a friend in need, you’re man-handled by the police and arrested? Xiomara’s descriptions of their burgeoning relationship are stunning, evoking first love and passion in all its visceral beauty. Enrolling on a culinary arts class makes Emoni even more determined to accomplish her gastronomic career goals, and also brings her heatedly close to new boy Malachi. Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. It also contains a timeline taking us from 1947 – Pakistan’s independence – right through to 2018. 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. Author Todd Parr always fills his books with whimsical characters, and It’s Okay to Be Different is no exception. The first of a must have series for the early years. Boundlessly energetic Layla is over the moon when she’s offered a scholarship to a fancy school, but this exciting new chapter of her life gets off to the worst possible start when she stands up to a bully, who happens to be the son of a Very Important Person. Read a special Q&A with Bali Rai on his book, Game On. Lucy Maud Montgomery Interfaith.” As such, “Others look at me and try to shove me into their own narrative to define who and what I am. Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018. Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/02/2020. Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2020. Rico is a high school senior who works at Gas ‘n’ Go after class to keep her family afloat and then races home to look after her little brother so her mom can pick up extra shifts. – will also enjoy Costa Book Award winner Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan. Overall, this is a super-charged detective story that fizzes with a whole lot of quick-witted, ping-ponging exchanges between Nik and Norva, with a sensational revelatory showdown to round things off. 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. Is the special visitor sitting at the back of the classroom and making Miss Riley so nervous really a TV talent scout? The contrast of the two main protagonists makes the novel totally compelling and the writing style is both original and superbly paced. Author: Devika Jina But the identities of the victim and the predator are still unknown and Jam and Redemption have to face what their society fails to acknowledge: that monsters exist and hide in plain sight- that evil still resides in humanity. Winner for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019 | Highly Commended in the UKLA Book Awards 2019 | Winner of the 2018 National Book Award | Xiomara Batista is a Harlem teenager whose parents moved to the US from the Dominican Republic. 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. It’s not easy being a teenage mom while also studying, working and dealing with Babygirl’s judgmental paternal grandmother, but somehow Emoni keeps it all going, finding soulful solace in the kitchen: “I’m happier in the kitchen than anywhere else in the world…my food doesn’t just taste good, it is good – straight up bottled goodness that warms you and makes you feel better about your life”. 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. It’s not easy, and she needs all her courage to enter City Hall and put her ideas to the grown-ups in charge. Mother Teresa In Camino’s words: “I am from a playground place…Our land, lush and green, is bought and sold to foreign powers so they can build luxury hotels...Even the women, girls like me, our mothers and tias, our bodies are branded jungle gyms…Who reaps? Welcome back to our author Q&As! 1. Cookie being Cookie, it all works out in the end and everyone, the reader included, has lots of fun along the way. Author: Tanya Landman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2020. Hear from the unsung voices at the Dunkirk evacuation, in Tudor London, in Victorian times and from Roman Britain in these gripping adventure stories. Biracial. From celebrated author and illustrator Ashley Bryan comes a deeply moving picture book memoir about serving in the segregated army during World War II, and how love and the pursuit of art sustained him. Today we’re thrilled to be welcoming Tracey Mathias to talk about her YA novel Silence is Also a Lie! But we’ve got resilience running through these veins.”Empathetically charting Serenity’s grief, first romance and growing up (what Serenity does to save Maria from an unsafe situation shows strength and wisdom way beyond her years), this huge-hearted novel comes highly recommended for its honesty, depth and engaging readability, along with Watson’s Piecing Me Together and Watch Us Rise (the latter co-authored with Ellen Hagan). Against tough competition, this exceptional novel might be his finest yet. Take away the pulse-quickening time travel element and you’d still have a novel heated by much heart and humour. Boldly honest and bathed in empathy, Matt’s all-consuming, touching tale possesses a rare power to leave a lasting imprint. His sensitive building of relationships with the Inuit community plays a strong part in his success and in his ultimate and extraordinary achievement: to be the first man to reach the North Pole. You’re an honors student with a top university in your sights. Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019. The books in our selection include a diverse cast, some actively teach about diversity and inclusion and others celebrate role models and historical figures in non-fiction titles. Everything is distinctly not normal in Ramzi’s house. Jason Reynolds is the master of giving voice to children and teenagers who exist - and often struggle - on the margins of society. She understands it will be very different to Beavertown, Oregon, the small town she’s grown up in, but can’t wait to explore the big city and get to know her family properly. Double Cross Amelia Earhart Author: Samira Ahmed 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.” Author: Catherine Johnson It’s also powerful on themes of racism, making amends, and complex family dynamics. June 2020 Debut of the Month | This book takes a poetic look at what it means to be alive. And there’s a cruel conflict between self-preservation (shutting up and putting up to avoid being wrongly locked up, or worse) in a racist society, and the heightened need to speak out precisely because of this situation. Emezi Jam speaks aloud in quotation marks and sign language is indicated with italics and when Jam and Pet speak telepathically, Emezi uses no punctuation marks whatsoever. Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Safiya is obsessed with gaming and Studio Ghibli, feels guilty for choosing to live with her father after her parent’s amicable divorce and feels her ambitious high achieving mother would prefer the more sophisticated and worldly girls at her school. Not us. Slickly blending stirring verse-form storytelling with ingenious jump-off-the-page comic strip illustrations, this is a poignant, powerful page-turner that will find fans among a broad range of reading levels in the 12+ age group. As Khayyam’s findings hot up, so too does her love life. . This is a joyous parade of poetry that packs incredible emotional depth. Author: Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed Our next recommendation is a joyous tribute to Black activists, pioneers and heroes throughout history. 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. New bully. Complex, gripping, stirring and so, so important – I can’t recommend this remarkable debut enough. For the chorus of kids whose lives play out on these impeccably-written pages, the walk home from school represents a rare time of freedom; a period of limbo between being under the watchful eyes of teachers and parents. A son who loved his mum” is shatteringly powerful. Mum writes diverse children’s books so her daughter can read about little girls who look like her. Pip Jones’ rhyming text and Sara Ogilvie’s action-packed illustrations match each other for wit and energy. Anisha, Accidental Detective Anne Frank The struggle is my life. The situations used as examples, in Poppy’s story attending a big occasion with her parents and in Matteo’s story attending a friend’s birthday party, are instantly familiar. Or alternatively you can click on the book COVER if you want to look at the book on Amazon. The Branford Boase judges said :  ‘brilliant comedy’; ‘great fun, with a unique voice’; ‘full of heart – I’ve recommended it left, right and centre’; ‘the friendship between the two boys is so well drawn’. Like you could shatter into a million pieces if someone gently blew in your direction”. There’s a painful falling out with “tight since womb days” friend Malik. Somehow, Xiomara pulls herself free from a mire of obstacles. Rosa Parks The non-profit group also has a useful section on its page that houses links to other online sources that post about diverse children’s literature. Check them out below. We have white, mixed race, Asian and Afro Caribbean best friends each humorously riffing on the foibles of their families’ culture and expectations. 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. Author: Pamela Butchart Author: Pip Jones When reports come of Captain Firebird doing damage to Monkey Skull Island, Molly Rogers enlists all of her best animal and bird friends – including Kracken the octopus – to chase down Captain Firebird and to make sure he never does anything so dastardly again. Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018. . If you’re searching for children’s books about diversity for toddlers, this is a must-have. Anti-Bullying Week - 16 - 20 November 2020. They want her to be a dutiful daughter who wears gold jewellery and high heels and trains to be a doctor. Sephy is a privileged Cross: daughter of a powerful politician. Plus, as the publisher points out, it provides a positive way of encouraging discussion around migrants and refugees – as Mrs Noah and her family build a new home in a foreign land. But as her hip-hop reputation is on the rise, so other aspects of her life take a downturn. A selection of 42 children's books, covering EYFS to Year 6, selected to support primary schools to develop a curriculum response to the Equality Act 2010. Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021 | Smart, incisive, brimming with the breath of human experience and written with engaging age-appropriate verve, this clever concept (“a tale told in ten blocks”) is perfectly executed. Cultural Diversity in Children’s Books August 7, 2018 – Posted in: Book News It was reported recently that diversity in children’s publishing is still sadly lacking. We’re happy to accept all these propositions, at least until the truth is revealed, and the stories make irresistible reading. Mama must be very strong! Agatha Christie WINNER OF THE YA BOOK PRIZE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2018 | Not only exciting, consistently good short stories on the theme of change but authored by established  and debut BAME authors, allowing every  young adult to see themselves as writers. 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. As a result, Alexander wanted his daughters “to know how we got to this historic moment”, which is exactly what this stirring book does. Readers will recognise Ruby’s problems and see their own lives reflected in hers. I’m always looking to add more books to my library, and I hope that this list of diverse books for children is helpful for you. Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019. Jane Goodall Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2019. It’s also excellent for prompting discussions around WWII and broader ethical issues - betrayal, trust and what it is to do the right (and wrong) thing. A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2018 | | Catherine Johnson celebrates a hero of Arctic discovery whose story had been forgotten for many years largely because of the colour of his skin in this exciting telling of an important true story. October 2020 Book of the Month | Written with luminous, crackling style, Cane Warriors is an unforgettable account of Jamaican and British history that must be known, with an unforgettable narrator at its heart. When she happens to run into a cute Parisian boy, who happens to be a descendent of bi-racial French writer Alexandre Dumas, Khayyam and said cute boy (also called Alexandre) embark on an intellectual voyage that leads them to Leila, a nineteenth-century Muslim woman connected to Dumas and Byron. “Running isn’t anything I ever had to practice. When labeled a terrorist by a classmate in her new school, “Guy Candy” Arif sticks up for her, and it’s not long before they strike up a friendship, and more. An essential purchase for schools. Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021 | June 2020 Book of the Month | Teeming with drama and compelling code-cracking action, this WWII thriller is driven by the lives of three young people determined to make their mark on the war effort, and by the life-affirming relationship between fifteen-year-old Louisa and the elderly woman she’s employed to look after. A wonderful celebration of the joys of planting and growing, I can see it being used to seed discussions around how you might create a garden – in school or at home. Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2021 Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2020. No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf. 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