Books about Black joy for 8+

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Enjoy this selection of joyous books by Black authors, all starring Black characters having adventures. We've included some inspiring non-fiction titles as well.

 

  • Joyful Joyful

    Author: Various curated by Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Joyful Joyful

    Author: Various curated by Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 12-14

    Reading age: 11+

    A joyous collection of stories and poems celebrating Black voices, with universal appeal. The perfect gift for any child ready to …

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  • Happy Here

    Author: Various authors with an introduction by Sharna Jackson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Happy Here

    Author: Various authors with an introduction by Sharna Jackson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    In this important anthology, ten illustrated short stories from present day black authors and illustrators thrill readers with the…

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  • Stuntboy: In the Meantime

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Raul the Third

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Stuntboy: In the Meantime

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Raul the Third

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 9+

    In his imagination, Portico Reeves is Stunt Boy, saving other superheroes from disaster.  But when his parents plan to divorc…

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  • One Chance Dance

    Author: Efua Traoré

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • One Chance Dance

    Author: Efua Traoré

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    A stunning, joyful, coming-of-age story, set in Nigeria, that vibrates with the same energy as the city of Lagos itself.

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  • Under the Moon and Over the Sea

    Author: John Agard and Grace Nichols Illustrator: Cathie Felstead Jane Ray Christopher Corr Sara Fanelli and Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Under the Moon and Over the Sea

    Author: John Agard and Grace Nichols Illustrator: Cathie Felstead Jane Ray Christopher Corr Sara Fanelli and Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 6+

    This joyful collection of more than 50 poems superbly conjures the sights, sounds and rhythms of the Caribbean. 

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  • The Storm Swimmer

    Author: Clare Weze

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Storm Swimmer

    Author: Clare Weze

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    When Ginika meets a boy who lives in the sea, they strike up a secret friendship - but what will happen when he gets ill? A v…

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  • The Good Turn

    Author: Sharna Jackson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8-9

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  • The Good Turn

    Author: Sharna Jackson

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8-9

    Can Josephine and her friends solve a local mystery, and help someone? A pacy mystery with true heart. 

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  • The Day we Saved the Future

    Author: Ashley Banjo and Jordan Banjo with Alexandra Sheppard Illustrator: Brittney Bond

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Day we Saved the Future

    Author: Ashley Banjo and Jordan Banjo with Alexandra Sheppard Illustrator: Brittney Bond

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    When Earth is threatened by a terrifying supervillain, brothers Micah and Cass travel back in time to stop him. An exciting sci-fi…

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  • The Boy With Wings

    Author: Lenny Henry Illustrator: Keenon Ferrell and Mark Buckingham

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Boy With Wings

    Author: Lenny Henry Illustrator: Keenon Ferrell and Mark Buckingham

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    A funny and exciting school story that turns into a wild fantasy adventure when Tunde dicovers he can sprout giant wings and his d…

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  • Star Switch

    Author: Alesha Dixon

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Star Switch

    Author: Alesha Dixon

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9+

    Naomi may be a famous popstar at just fifteen years old, but every minute of her life is micromanaged by her manager-slash-mum. Sh…

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  • Mia and the Lightcasters

    Author: By Janelle McCurdy Illustrator: Ana Latese

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9-11

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  • Mia and the Lightcasters

    Author: By Janelle McCurdy Illustrator: Ana Latese

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9-11

    12 year-old Mia lives with her young brother Lucas and mum and dad in the city of Nubis, under the light of the forever moon and p…

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  • The Infinite

    Author: Patience Agbabi

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 11+

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  • The Infinite

    Author: Patience Agbabi

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 11+

    Only a very few Leaplings (born on 29th February) have ‘The Gift’: the ability to leap backwards or forwards through time. Elle Bi…

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  • Fablehouse

    Author: EL Norry

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Fablehouse

    Author: EL Norry

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 9+

    This is a wonderful book, full of hope and magic. Heather and her friends don’t feel special, they don’t feel like the ‘chosen one…

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