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40 Children's Books Celebrating Black History & Culture

October marks Black History Month in the UK. The event was officially recognised by the US government in 1976, and first celebrated in the UK in 1987.

People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. However, campaigners believe their value and contribution to society is often overlooked, ignored or distorted.

Most schools still teach a history curriculum which focuses on traditional events and the achievements of white figures. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.

The event is intended to recognise the contribution and achievements of those with African or Caribbean heritage. It's also an opportunity for people to learn more about the effects of racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes.

Here, we mark Black History with a selection of books that explore and celebrate Black history and culture all year round, not just for Black History Month.

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You can find many more fiction and non-fiction titles that celebrate diversity in Diverse Voices - 80 Children's Books that Celebrate Difference.

In Key Stage 3 & 4 pupils learn more about Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition. Our sister site, LoveReading4Schools has a dedicated section on this topic, The Slave Trade.

And Julia Eccleshare, our editor-at-large and expert reviewer, explores the Importance of Diversity in Children's Literature. 

Visit blackhistorymonth.org.uk for more information.

Follow @BhmUK for more details on events across the UK

A Nest of Vipers

A Nest of Vipers

11+ readers

Author: Catherine Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2008

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.  The youngest member of a collective of pick pockets and con-artists in 18 Century London, Cato Hopkins appears at risk of paying penance with his life...

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