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Keeping with the Black History Month theme and Black Lives Matter, my choices deal with diversity.

 

Migrants by Issa Watanabe

 

This is a startling, haunting book. With forceful simplicity, this wordless book narrates its tale of loss. The migrants must leave the leafless forest. Borders are crossed, sacrifices made, loved ones are lost. It takes such courage to reach the end. At last, the journey is over and the migrants arrive. This is the new place.

 

Watanabe takes extraordinary care to show the individuality and humanity of each migrant--through the detailed patterns on their clothing, their care of each other as they set up camp, the symbol of the blue ibis showing the connection between past and future, life and death.

 

Wordless, but with an amazing narrative. I was so moved by this book. Perfect to explain why migrants and refugees seek sanctuary in a new place. 

 

The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad

 

Asiya's hijab is like the ocean and the sky, no line between them, saying hello with a loud wave. It’s Faizah’s first day of school, and her older sister Asiya’s first day of wearing a hijab – made of beautiful blue fabric. But not everyone sees the hijab as beautiful. In the face of hurtful, confusing words, will Faizah find new ways to be strong?

 

This is an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond shared by siblings, and of being proud of who you are, from Olympic medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad who was the first American athlete to wear a hijab when competing.

 

Black and British by David Olusoga

 

How shallow am I? David's study on Zoom Breakfast time interviews during the Black Lives Matter protests and during lockdown gave me serious room envy!!!! Probably not the focus I should have! However, this updated introduction to Black British history, adapted for children,  is very readable and interesting.

 

A short, essential introduction to Black British history for readers of 12+ by award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga.

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.

This new children's version of the bestseller Black and British: A Forgotten History is Illustrated with maps, photos and portraits. Macmillan Children's Books will donate 50p from every copy sold to The Black Curriculum.

 


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