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Read Black, Read British - Children's Authors

Read Black, Read British - Children's Authors

In celebration of Black History Month, Birmingham Libraries recommends this fantastic selection of writers for children and young people. Ask staff in yourlocal libraryto help you find books by these authors or order them online through theLibrary Catalogue.

Picture Books

  • John Agard
  • Valerie Bloom
  • Trish Cooke
  • Farrukh Dhondy
  • Errol Lloyd
  • Rita Phillips Mitchell
  • Ifeoma Onyefuk
  • Pauline Stewart
  • Verna Allette Wilkins


Story Books

  • Yinka Adebayo
  • James Berry
  • Malorie Blackman
  • Trish Cooke
  • Narinda Dhami
  • Jamila Gavin
  • Jacqueline Roy
  • Salman Rushdie


Teenage

  • Yinka Adebayo
  • James Berry
  • Malorie Blackman
  • Narinda Dhami
  • Farrukh Dhondy
  • Jamila Gavin
  • Errol Lloyd
  • Millie Murray
  • Courttia Newland
  • Bali Rai
  • Jacqueline Roy
  • Alex Wheatle
  • Benjamin Zephaniah


Miscellaneous

  • Faustin Charles (non fiction)
  • Madhur Jaffrey (folk tales)
  • Nadya Kassam (non fiction)
  • Grace Nichols (poetry)
  • Lemn Sessay (poetry)
  • Pauline Stewart (poetry)


Bali Rai book cover used by permission of The Random House Group Limited. www.randomhouse.co.uk

Other covers used by permission of Puffin Books:
Hue Boy by Rita Phillips Mitchell. Text copyright Rita Phillips Mitchell, 1992. Cover illustration by Caroline Birch, 1992. First publishd in Puffin Books, 1997.
Forbidden Game by Malorie Blackman. Text copyright Malorie Blackman, 1999. Cover illustration by Ron Tiner, 1999. First published in Puffin Books, 1999.
Seasons of Splendor: Tales, Myth and Legends of India, by Madhur Jaffrey. Text copyright Madhur Jaffrey, 1985. Cover illustration by Michael Foreman, 1985. First published in Puffin Books, 1987.