There is still time for Families to celebrate Black History month with a book or two!


Black history month – a time for families to celebrate diversity.

The Black Lives Matter movement has had a profound effect across the globe on families of all colours and cultures.  Here at the Institute of Family Therapy we see black history month as a golden opportunity to celebrate diversity at all levels of family life.  There is something for everyone. Of course, your reading does not have to be limited to October!  There is plenty to carry you through the year, well beyond this month. Plentiful ideas for holiday reading and presents for friends and families.

In the links that follow you will find wonderful resources for young children, teenagers and adults. The books for young children can be read together to enliven and enlarge family understanding of all our history.  Here is a chance to share stories of lives that may be well known, such as Black Heroes by David Olusoga. along side those less well known somewhat hidden, such as Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson.  How to begin discussing issues with children in your family is the focus of Bringing Up Race: how to raise a kind child in a prejudiced world, by Uju Asika a resource for families and anyone else raising children in today’s society.

There is also a wealth of black fiction addressing issues across the age range and exploring many specific subjects some of which have received little attention. In this list there is something for all families.

We found these links and a useful and informative article in the Evening Standard   We are happy to provide the link to the original article.  We hope you find it informative.  Here is the list.

Little People, Big Dreams by Various Authors
£9.99 | Waterstones

Young, Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson
£7.78 | Blackwell’s *On sale from £9.99

This Book Is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
£6.29 | Amazon

Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
Bold Women in Black History: £6.50 | Amazon

Exceptional Men in Black History: £9.56 | Amazon

Coming To England by Floella Benjamin
£9.38 | Blackwell’s *On sale from £12.99

Black and British by David Olusgo
£6.99 | Waterstones

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
£6.55 | WHSmith *On sale from £7.99

My Body, Your Body – Skin by John Wood
£9.62 | Amazon

Pride In – Change by Emilie Dufresne
£12.99 | Amazon

My Hair by Hannah Lee
£4.99 | Scholastic *On sale from £7.99

Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
£11.70 | Amazon

Bringing Up Race by Uju Asika
£12.99 | Amazon

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