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Racism can be a difficult topic to know how to approach with children - but with the #BlackLivesMatter movement fighting against the injustice faced by Black people across the world, it's more vital than ever to begin those discussions to ensure a fairer future for all. Here's our pick of the top books that examine the structural oppression experienced by the Black community, aimed at inspiring and empowering young children to talk about anti-racism.

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  • Baby Ruby Bawled

    Author: Malaika Rose Stanley Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Baby Ruby Bawled

    Author: Malaika Rose Stanley Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 2+

    Reading age: 7+

    Theo loves his baby sister Ruby who is happy as long as she is awake and being entertained. But Ruby simply will not sleep: not at…

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  • My Hair

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • My Hair

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This joyful celebration of black hair demonstrates a range of styles and will inspire children to experiment with their own look.

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  • King of the Classroom

    Author: Derrick Barnes Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • King of the Classroom

    Author: Derrick Barnes Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Interest level: 3-5

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    This wonderfully empowering picture book for little ones not only assuages their possible fears about starting school or nursery b…

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  • Look Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Look Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola’s charming picture book gifts us with a gorgeous character in Rocket, a girl whose passion for all th…

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  • Sulwe

    Author: Lupita Nyong’o Illustrator: Vashti Harrison

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Sulwe

    Author: Lupita Nyong’o Illustrator: Vashti Harrison

    Interest level: 4-8

    Reading age: 5+

    Sulwe is anxious: why is her skin so dark, and why is she bullied? But a visit from a star reassures her that she is beautiful exa…

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  • Queer Heroes

    Author: Arabelle Sicardi Illustrator: Sarah Tanat-Jones

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Queer Heroes

    Author: Arabelle Sicardi Illustrator: Sarah Tanat-Jones

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 7+

    This wonderful celebration of a wide range of LGBTQ+ heroes - both famous and less well-known - is a beautiful book and highlights…

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  • The Undefeated

    Author: Kwame Alexander Illustrator: Kadir Nelson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Undefeated

    Author: Kwame Alexander Illustrator: Kadir Nelson

    Interest level: 6-11

    Reading age: 8+

    An illustrated poem filled with stunning painted portraits, written to commemorate the birth of Alexander’s daughter and the inaug…

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  • Clean Getaway

    Author: Nic Stone

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Clean Getaway

    Author: Nic Stone

    Interest level: 9-11

    Reading age: 8+

    One day, Scoob's Grandma turns up at his house and invites him on a road trip - retracing the steps of a trip she took with his la…

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  • How High the Moon

    Author: Karyn Parsons

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • How High the Moon

    Author: Karyn Parsons

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

    Inspired by the tragic true story of the youngest American ever to be executed, this ambitious novel weaves together family drama …

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  • High-Rise Mystery

    Author: Sharna Jackson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • High-Rise Mystery

    Author: Sharna Jackson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    High-Rise Mystery is the perfect ‘whodunnit’. As the two girls sift through red herrings and reveal a series of tower block secret…

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  • Ghost

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Selom Sunu

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Ghost

    Author: Jason Reynolds Illustrator: Selom Sunu

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    Three years ago Ghost’s dad chased him and his mum down the road with a gun. His dad got ten years in prison, and Ghost learned ho…

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  • Funky Chickens

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Funky Chickens

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah

    Interest level: 8-11

    Reading age: 9+

    A funny, thought-provoking collection of poems for older children from Britain’s best-loved rap poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, which co…

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  • Peace Maker

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Matthew Griffin

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Peace Maker

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Matthew Griffin

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    In Michela's world, aggression is forbidden - but sometimes fighting is the only way to keep the peace. This is a well-paced and i…

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  • Noughts and Crosses

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Noughts and Crosses

    Author: Malorie Blackman

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Callum is a Nought but his best friend Sephy is a Cross - the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.

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