Black History Booklist
A selection of books chosen by library staff to celebrate Black History Month.
Cooke, Trish (illus by Sharon Wilson) - The Grandad Tree
Leigh and Vin have many happy memories of playing in the garden with their grandfather. When he dies they plant an apple seed as a reminder of the fun times they had together.
Daly, Niki - Jamela's Dress
Jamela can't resist the dress material her mama has bought for Thelma's wedding. The little girl enjoys wrapping herself in the material to become a beautiful queen and doesn't notice how dirty it becomes. When things go wrong her mama is unhappy but Jamela's friend, Archie saves the day.
Mollel, Tololwa, M (illus by Donna Perrone) - Shadow Dance
This story is set in modern Tanzania. When Salome rescues a trapped crocodile, instead of being grateful he wants to eat her. With the help of a pigeon she manages to trick the crocodile and escape.
Tadjo, Veronique - Talking drums
An anthology of African poems, traditional and modern for young people.
Agard, John and Nichols, G (eds) (illus by Sharon Wilson) - A Caribbean Dozen
A bright, attractive collection of poems by thirteen Caribbean poets. Not only does the book contain examples of their work but it also provides information about why they enjoy writing and their childhood.
Blackman, Malorie - Hacker
Malorie Blackman has written several books, some for younger children and some for teenagers. In this story, Vicky finds out that her father has been accused of stealing from the bank where he works. To prove his innocence she must hack into the bank computers and find the answer before the real thief finds her.
Harris, Carmen (illus Lis Toft) - Charlie's New School
Charlie is the only person who can see his friend Ben. When Charlie starts a new school and Ben starts playing tricks on the other children it is Charlie who gets into trouble.
Mitchell, Rita Phillips (illus Paul Howard) - One for Me, One for You
Four lively read aloud stories about Melanie and her younger sister, Flora who live in the Caribbean. Readers who enjoy Anne Cameron's 'Julian stories' will also enjoy these.
Lloyd, Errol - Many Rivers to Cross
Sandra has lived with her grandmother in Jamaica since her parents moved to England. After six years they send for her to go and live with them. When Sandra arrives in 1960's England she has to get learn about her new family and a new culture as well as face bullying in school. This is a moving story that illustrates Sandra's strength of character as she settles in her new environment.
Zephaniah, Benjamin - Face
This is the story of Martin Turner and his 'gang of three' and their reactions. When Martin has an accident, which destroys his face Martin has to learn to deal with other people's prejudices.
All of these books can be borrowed from Birmingham Libraries. You can reserve a copy on-line through the Birmingham Libraries Catalogue for free and pick it up from the library of your choice.
Black History Month: Recommended websites
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