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Luke & Sara's Book Club for Black History Month

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Not only is it Black History month in the UK but yesterday it was National Teacher's

Day too. So it felt only right that we handed over the controls of our marvellous ship to the best teachers we know, Luke and Sara from Maggie & Rose.

Although we have included buy it now links for convenience as we know how buy you are, if you have the time, please consider ordering them from your local bookshop to support independent shops this year.

Little Leaders, Bold women in Black History

by Vashti Harrison


Age suitability 5 - 7

A little book which can inspire big dreams, this Dream Big, Little Leader book features 18, black women who have stood out in American history. From everyday women who did extraordinary things to famous faces and heroes, children will love learning about these special ladies and maybe even aspire to be like them too. It's a small book which will have future generations of little ladies (and gentleman) dreaming big dreams.

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Luna loves art

by Joseph Coelho

Age suitability 4 - 6

At the gallery, Luna is transfixed by the famous art, but her classmate Finn doesn't seem to want to be there at all. Finn's family doesn't look like the one in Henry Moore's 'Family Group' sculpture, but then neither does Luna's. Maybe all Finn needs is a friend.

Created by award-winning poet Joseph Coelho, this book follows Luna Loves Library Day as an introduction to different types of family. Featuring artwork from: Damian Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Jackson Pollock, and many more.

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Tales from the Caribbean 

by Trish Cooke

Age suitability 9 - 12

A collection of favourite tales gathered from the many different islands of the Caribbean, one of the world's richest sources of traditional storytelling. From the very first Kingfisher to Anansi the Spider Man, these lively re-tellings full of humour and pathos, are beautifully retold by Trish Cooke. The book includes end notes with a glossary, additional information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories further.

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Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon

by Elaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

Age suitability 5 - 7

Katherine Johnson is the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible and made sure that Apollo 13 returned home safely when the mission was in critical danger. As a child, Katherine loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about maths, about the universe .

This is the true story of a groundbreaking African-American woman who went above and beyond what was expected of her in the 1960s, saving lives and making enormous contributions to history. Featuring Dow Phumiruk's gorgeous full-colour illustrations throughout.

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The Undefeated

by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Age suitability 5 - 7

From New York Times bestselling-author Kwame Alexander comes this powerful and important ode to black history: the strength and bravery of everyday people and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest artists, athletes, and activists. With references to lyrics and lines originally shared by our most celebrated heroes, this poem digs into the not-so-distant past to underline the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.

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Young, Gifted and Black

by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins

Age suitability 7 - 10

Meet 52 icons of colour from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement - a collection of stories about change makers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of change makers.

Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins' colourful and celebratory illustrations. Written in the spirit of Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black," this vibrant book is a perfect introduction to both historic and present-day icons and heroes.

Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and athletes like Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. All children deserve to see themselves represented positively in the books they read. Highlighting the talent and contributions of black leaders and change makers from around the world, readers of all backgrounds will be empowered to discover what they too can achieve.

Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream... whatever it may be.

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Grandad Mandela

by Ambassador Zindzi Mandela, Zazi Mandela and Ziwelene Mandela

Age suitability 4 - 6

Zazi and Ziwelene's great-grandad is called Nelson Mandela.

One day, they ask their grandmother 15 questions about him and his life.

As their conversation unfolds, Zazi and Ziwelene learn that Nelson Mandela was a freedom fighter, a President and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, and that they can carry on his work today.

Seen through a child's perspective, authored jointly by Nelson Mandela's great-grandchildren and daughter, and published in collaboration with Mandela Legacy Media, this book brings Nelson Mandela's incredible story alive for a new generation of children.

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