Top Must-Read Black Books Recommended by our children

As we celebrate Black History Month, it’s essential to empower our children with stories that reflect the diversity and richness of Black experiences. Literature serves as a powerful tool for education and understanding, allowing young readers to explore different cultures, histories, and perspectives. In this curated list, we’ve handpicked a selection of must-read books categorised by age group and genre, each offering valuable insights and narratives that resonate with young minds.
Top Must-Read Early Years Black Books:
1. Look Up – reviewed by Nasara
2. Durotimi the Champion – reviewed by Phoebe
3. Hair Love – reviewed by Christabel
These captivating stories are perfect for introducing young children to themes of self-discovery, resilience, and the beauty of diversity. From tales of adventure to heartwarming stories of family and community, these books will inspire and delight young readers.
Top Must-Read Primary Years Black Books:
1. Africa, Amazing Africa Country by Country – reviewed by Okhare
2. Piecing Me Together – reviewed by Chisom
3. What Colour is My World – reviewed by Samuel
4. Noughts & Crosses – reviewed by Charles-Wesley
5. Henry’s Freedom Box – reviewed by Jeremiah
6. You Are A Champion – reviewed by Shemaiah
These engaging reads offer a diverse range of narratives, from educational journeys through the vibrant landscapes of Africa to thought-provoking tales of identity and courage. Through these stories, children will explore history, culture, and the power of imagination.
Top Must-Read Secondary Years Black Books:
1. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
3. Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
4. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
5. A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
6. Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
7. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
8. Tyrell by Coe Booth
For older teens, these books delve into complex themes such as social justice, identity, and empowerment. Through gripping narratives and diverse characters, these titles encourage critical thinking and foster empathy, making them essential reads for adolescents navigating their place in the world.
We hope this selection inspires meaningful conversations and sparks a lifelong love of reading in your family.
Happy reading!
Please note some of the teen books listed may have include some sexual or violent language or profanities as they are geared towards older teens or it is aimed at reflecting a realistic view of our society. Please watch the reviews beforehand and read commentaries before buying the book for your children.