Children's books for all ages which celebrate Black History Month this October

By Georgia Meadows

Black History Month runs through the entirety of October, and there's plenty of ways that you can celebrate and use the event as a teaching experience for children.

No matter how old your little one, it's never too soon for them to start learning about the importance of Black History Month, and one fantastic way to do that is through books, and there's plenty to choose from which cover all ages.

Here are our recommendations:

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, £7.99

(Penguin Books)

A New York Times bestseller, this book follows 40 trailblazing black women throughout history. From nurse Mary Seacole, to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson and singer Shirley Bassey, these true stories reveal how these brave women defied expectations, broke boundaries and achieved greatness in their respective fields.

The book is beautifully illustrated written by Vashti Harrison, and has a reading guideline of 8 - 11 years old.

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Black History - My First Heroes, £6.99

(Penguin Books)

This board book is designed with preschoolers in mind, with pull and slide scenes and bold, bright colours.

Children can discover information about black men and women pioneers from all over the world, and be inspired by their achievements. The book, which is written by Campbell Books and illustrated by Jayri Gomez, has been recommended as part of Dr Amanda Gummer's 'Good Play Guide'.

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Poet Maya Angelou, rapper Stormzy and activist Rosa Parks will all be making a appearance in this celebration of black history.

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Hey You!: An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black, £6.99

(Penguin Books)

This picture book brings together 18 different black illustrators to create a beautiful and lyrical exploration of growing up Black.

Waterstone's says: "This book addresses - honestly, yet hopefully - the experiences Black children face growing up with systemic racism, as well as providing hope for the future, delivering a powerful message to a new generation of dreamers. It's a message that is both urgent and timeless - and offers a rich and rewarding reading experience for every child."

The book is written by award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola.

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The Bench, £9.99

(Penguin Books)

This debut picture written by The Dutchess of Sussex tells the heart-warming story of the bond between fathers and sons.

The Duchess’s children’s book gives readers a glimpse into the love shared between a diverse group of fathers and sons. You'll witness them share moments of peace, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and comfort and nurture.

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Michelle Obama: Volume 62 - Little People, Big Dreams, £9.99

(The Quarto Group)

This illustrated entry to the Little People, Big Dreams series follows the life story of the inspirational first lady retold for younger readers.

Discover the incredible life of Michelle Obama, from her childhood in the South Side of Chicago to iconic first lady of the USA, advocate, lawyer and best-selling author.

The book, which is has a reading age guide of 5+, features quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the inspiring woman's life.

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Dreams from My Father (Adapted for Young Adults): A Story of Race and Inheritance, £12.99

(1995, 2004 Barack Obama)

This biography follows the life of a young Barack Obama, long before he came to be the first Black president of the United States.

The son of a white American mother and a Black Kenyan father, Obama examines the relationship he has with his family, the complicated truth of his father's life and legacy and comes to embrace his own.

Waterstones says the book, which has been adapted for young adult readers, is "a revealing portrait of a young Black man asking questions about self-discovery and belonging - long before he became one of the most important voices in America."

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Felix Ever After, £6.99

(Faber & Faber)

'Felix Ever After' is a inclusive love story which follows the story of Felix, a transgender man who finds himself in an unlikely love triangle after he receives transphobic abuse from an anonymous source.

This teenage/YA novel from Kacen Callender is a journey of self-discovery, self-love and recognising the love that you deserve.

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Endgame, £14.99

(Penguin Books)

It's been 20 year's since Malorie Blackman's ground breaking series began with 'Noughts & Crosses', which charted the deeply forbidden romance between Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a nought) - a love affair which had repercussions for their families for generations.

Endgame is the dramatic conclusion to this topical, dystopian love story set, making it a ideal read for teenagers and young adults now, and those who read the first in the series 20 years ago.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic, £ 25.00

(Rebel Girls Inc)

From Ida B. Wells to Naomi Osaka, 'Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls' spotlights one hundred Black women and girls from around the world and across the centuries, retelling their inspiring stories for a young audience.

The book is the latest from Rebel Girls, a global, multi-platform empowerment brand dedicated to helping raise the most inspired and confident global generation of girls through content, experiences, products, and community.

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First Questions and Answers: What Is Racism?, £9.99

(Usborne Pushlishing Ltd)

These 'lift and look' books are perfect for children aged 0-5. With bright, colourful illustrations, this volume is the perfect introduction to anti-racism for little ones.

It helps children (and adults) understand the language and sensitivity they ned to talk about the topic, and gently explains what racism is, and how it happens.

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