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Black History Month

Black History Month was created to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK through history. It now focusses more broadly on black people in general and is an opportunity for schools to think about how that can teach black history and culture, not just in October, but all year round. For guidance and inspiration this October and beyond try the following:

Creating a diverse book collection

There is an increasing number of titles being published that feature BAME characters or are written by BAME authors. Review your resources and ensure that your book corners and school library include a diverse range of titles and that all children can see themselves represented in a book. Use the following suggestions to get you started:

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan by Sufiya Ahmed

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan by Sufiya Ahmed.

Based on the true story of British-Indian World War Two heroine, Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan. Could be used as part of a World War 2 topic.

Marie Curious, girl genius : saves the world by Chris Edison

Marie Curious, girl genius saves the world by Chris Edison.

An appealing read with a strong female protagonist, robots, gadgets and intrigue.

Superhero Gran by Timothy Knapman

Superhero Gran by Timothy Knapman.

Humorous rhyming picture book about two children who list all the reasons why their gran is a superhero.

Incredible Rescue Mission (Planet Omar) by Zanib Mian

Incredible Rescue Mission (Planet Omar) by Zanib Mian.

Funny story which will appeal to Wimpy Kid fans.

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds.

Featured on the Empathy Lab 2020 Primary List and UKLA Book Awards Longlist 2020. A boy from a rough background is given a chance to turn his life around when the Run Club coach recognises his talent for running.

High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson

High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson.

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020, Best Book for Younger Readers, this is an engaging crime-solving story suitable for upper KS2 readers.

Mira's curly hair by Maryam Al Serkal

Mira’s curly hair by Maryam Al Serkal.

A little girl wishes her curly hair was as straight as her mother’s until she discovers that her mother’s hair is just as curly when they get caught in the rain. Colourful picture book perfect to start discussions.

Structure and Organise Useful Active Reading Comprehension Sessions.

Designed by our librarians alongside expert teaching and learning advisers, our ‘Reading Comprehension Question Cards’ focus on age-appropriate titles and include example questions with discussion points to ensure each session is structured and effective.

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Sally Harrison

Sally Harrison

Sally is the Education Resources Service Manager for Juniper Education. She has worked in primary school and public libraries for 17 years and as a children’s book reviewer. She is a chartered librarian, a member of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians and has been a board member of the School Library Association.