What is Happy Here?

Bring inclusive and representative stories into your classroom

Happy Here is an exciting new book for primary school aged children featuring inspiring stories from emerging and established black British authors and illustrators. The book is part of a partnership between BookTrust and CLPE to support teachers to shift teaching practice by bringing representation and inclusive stories into the classroom.

BookTrust and CLPE are sending every primary school in England a free copy of Happy Here in September, as well as a beautiful poster designed by Anjan Sarkar to put up in your school - they will all be automatically sent to your school's headteacher. We are also offering all schools the opportunity to register to join a free online author event for years 5, 6 and 7.

Find out more about the Happy Here anthology

Joseph Coelho

What is your school doing this Black History Month?

Why not join us and one of the featured authors in the book, award winning poet, Joseph Coelho, on 13 October 2021 at 9:30am as part of your Black History Month celebration?

It’s so easy to take part - register today and your school will also have the chance to receive 50 free copies of Happy Here.

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Happy Here cover

CPD and teaching resources

We believe representation and inclusion in books is important for all children, not just children of colour, because it can affect how children see themselves and make sense of the world around them. That’s why BookTrust and CLPE have put together a teaching sequence and CPD packed full of ideas and resources to embed the Happy Here book into your KS2 literacy curriculum. Register now to receive these later in the year.

The Happy Here video library

Authors and illustrators share their stories

BookTrust Represents

Our project promotes and supports children’s authors and illustrators of colour, so young readers find the books that represent them.

Learn more about BookTrust Represents