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Black History Month

Black History Month

Diversity in children’s book is something we are passionate about at Toppsta. For children to be inspired and excited by the books they read, they need to see themselves and imagine the great things they can achieve. 

An essential part of this is recognising the wonderful but often overlooked achievements of black people and communities throughout history. Which is why we love Black History Month!

Black History Month is every October in the UK and is gaining prominence every year. And what is the best way to celebrate? By sitting down with your child and sharing a book about black history together - whatever your own background. 

Check out our selection of non-fiction and fiction books to fascinate and inspire kids everywhere, as well as our recommended picture books for younger ones. You might even learn something too!

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Find Out About: Standing Up to Racism: A lift-the-flap board book about standing together

An introduction to standing up to racism for young children and their families, with flaps to lift

It's never too early to teach children to be antiracist, and this lift-the-flap book is a great toolkit for young children and their families alike. It is all about recognising and celebrating the differences that make people who they are, and explains in age-appropriate language what racism is and how to help stand up to it.

Find Out About: Racism helps curious preschoolers understand how other children live and the different challenges everyone faces, which is key for developing empathy. With flaps to lift, this is an excellent, interactive book for children and their parents and carers to share together.

A free parent guide to talking about racism with young children is available to download separately.

Also available: Feelings, Kindness, Saving Our Planet, Families, Making Friends

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Black Stories Matter: Brave Leaders and Activists

A celebration of the lives and achievements of inspirational black people through history who made a difference

Brave Leaders & Activists hails courageous black people through time who have stood up for what they believe in, from slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman to South African president Nelson Mandela, and from powerful peacemaker Kofi Annan to Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian politician.

Black Stories Matter
is a powerful illustrated collection of stories of inspiring black personalities through history. Perfect for readers aged 9 and above.

Contents:
Main biographies
Harriet Tubman
Martin Luther King
Nelson Mandela
Kofi Annan
Rosa Parks
Stuart Hall
Umra Omar
Barack Obama
Lowitja O'Donoghue
Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors (founders of Black Lives Matter)
Mini biographies
Paul Stephenson
Akon
Claudia Jones
Diane Abbott
Neville Bonner
Saran Kaba-Jones
Kimberley Bryant
Craig Watkins

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Black Brother, Black Brother

Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, he feels as if he is constantly swimming in whiteness. Most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbed the "Black Brother," Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter skinned brother, Trey. Quiet, obedient.

When an incident with "King" Alan leads to Donte's arrest and suspension, he knows the only way to get even is to beat the king of the school at his own game: fencing. With the help of a former Olympic fencer, Donte embarks on a journey to carve out a spot on Middlefield Prep's fencing team and maybe learn something about himself along the way.

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500 Words: Black Lives Matter

Almost 6,000 children, aged between 5-13, submitted stories expressing their personal experiences, tales of empathy, learning and respect, building on the international conversation around Black Lives Matter. Originally devised by Chris Evans, the 500 Words competition has a rich 10-year heritage, giving children of all ethnicities and backgrounds a platform to express their imaginations and creativity through storytelling. The illustrious judging panel, chaired by Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood, also included Malorie Blackman OBE, Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. All royalties will be matched by the publisher and donated to children's charities dedicated to ensuring young people of all backgrounds are given the best opportunities in life.

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26th September 2019

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Our Sister, Again
Our Sister, Again

BOOK OF THE MONTH - Our Sister, Again is a heartfelt exploration of what makes us 'us' and tackles themes of grief, hope and loss. For ages 9+

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