In June 2020, it came to my attention that our primary schools are in great need of books which can help our children read about race. This sadly, in the most part is due to lack of funding.
Initially, together with the help of a teacher friend of mine, we collated an example bundle of books that ANY primary school library would be proud of having.
Over the past year, that bundle of books has been fine-tuned and with the help of distributors, doubled in size!
49 books for each school at a cost of £295.
I promised two primary schools that I would help them receive these books, one of which I would cover the cost of myself. As of today we can help 80 schools. Let's keep going!
PLEASE HELP ME.
REPRESENTATION MATTERS- As shown beautifully by the letter I received below by a little Muslim girl, finally seeing her family represented in one of our books.
JoJo & Gran Gran: Visit the Farm New - Pat-a-Cake (author)
Billy and the dragon - Nadia Shireen and Nadia Shireen (Illustrator)
Baby goes to market - Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank (Illustrator)
The Mega Magic Teacher Swap - Rochelle Humes (author) and Rachel Suzanne (illustrator)
So much - Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
Ellie and the cat - Malorie Blackman and Matt Robertson (Illustrator)
Zoom! - Trish Cooke and Alex Ayliffe (Illustrator)
Look up! - Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
My hair - Hannah Lee and Allen Fatimaharan (Illustrator)
If all the world were... - Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)
Dave and the tooth fairy - Verna Wilkins and Carl Pearce (Illustrator)
Hair love - Matthew A Cherry and Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
Antiracist Baby New - Ibram X. Kendi (author) and Ashley Lukashevsky (illustrator)
Coming to England - by Dame Floella Benjamin (author) and Diane Ewen (illustrator)
Books Make Good Pets - John Agard (author) and Momobo Abe (illustrator)
My Dad is a Grizzly Bear - Swapna Haddow (author) and Dapo Adeola (illustrator)
The Proudest Blue - S.K. Ali (author), Ibtihaj Muhammad (author), and Hatem Aly (illustrator)
We're going to find a Monster! - Malorie Blackman and Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
Clean Up! - Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
Hey You! - Dapo Adeola
The Undefeated - Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Little Badman and the invasion of the killer aunties - Henry White, Humza Arshad and Aleksei Bitskoff (Illustrator)
A dangerous game - Malorie Blackman and Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
Anisha accidental detective - Serena Patel and Emma McCann (Illustrator)
The girl who stole an elephant - Nizrana Farook
Blackberry Blue and other fairy tales - Jamila Gavin and Richard Collingridge (Illustrator)
Varjak Paw - S F Said and Dave McKean (Illustrator)
Accidental trouble magnet - Zanib Mian and Nasaya Mafaridik (Illustrator)
Little leaders: bold women in black history - Vashti Harrison and Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
Counting on Katherine - Helaine Becker (author) and Dow Phumiruk (illustrator)
Grandad Mandela - Ambassador Zindzi Mandela (author) and Sean Qualls (illustrator)
Space Detectives - Mark Powers (author) and Dapo Adeola (illustrator)
Freedom - Catherine Johnson (author)
Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History - Vashti Harrison (author)
Asha & the spirit bird - Jasbinder Bilan
Boy in the tower - Polly Ho-Yen
Where the river runs gold - Sita Brahmachari and Evan Hollingdale (Illustrator)
The night bus hero - Onjali Q Rauf and Pippa Curnick (Illustrator)
Lalani of the distant sea - Erin Entrada Kelly and Lian Cho (Illustrator)
Thief! - Malorie Blackman
The girl of ink & stars - Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I am Malala - Patricia McCormick and Malala Yousafzai
The Boy at the Back of the Class - Onjali Q. Rauf (author)
Voices #1: Now or Never - Bali Rai
Voices #2: Diver's daughter - Patrice Lawrence
Voices #3: Son of the Circus - E.L. Norry
Voices #4: Empire's End - Leila Rasheed
Voices #5: Windrush Child - Benjamin Zephaniah (author)
Voices #6: Two Sisters: A Story of Freedom - Kereen Getten (author)
Fly High Crew: The Green Glow - Ashley Banjo (author) and Jordan Banjo (author)
Shout Out: Use Your Voice, Save the Day - Vick Hope (author), Roman Kemp (author), and Jason Cockcroft (illustrator)