Top Must-Read Primary Years Black Books Recommended by our children

In the world of kids’ books, it’s important for young readers to see characters who look like them and share their experiences. In this article, we’ll explore a collection of books by black authors, perfect for primary school children. These stories teach valuable lessons about friendship, courage, and diversity. By reading these books, kids can learn about different cultures and feel empowered. Let’s dive into these engaging tales and celebrate the beauty of representation in children’s literature!

Africa, Amazing Africa Country by Country

This book review offers a colourful and engaging journey through Africa’s diverse landscapes, cultures, and histories. It celebrates the continent’s richness while highlighting environmental concerns and social issues like racism and child labour. The reviewer appreciates the educational value and recommends it for its informative content. They express feeling more enlightened and motivated after reading.

Checkout Okhare’s review on YouTube:

Piecing Me Together

Piecing follows Jade, a young black girl navigating life after her parents’ divorce, facing challenges at St. Francis School. Authored by educator Renée Watson, it addresses issues of identity and belonging. Jade’s struggles to fit in resonate with the reviewer, who appreciates the story’s relatability and its message of empowerment and choice.

Checkout Chisom’s review on YouTube:

What Colour Is My World

“Ella and Herbie” centres on siblings adjusting to a new home with the help of Mr Mital, who shares African-American contributions in science and medicine. Recommended for grades 4-6, it’s suitable for ages 8-12, appealing to older children who enjoy accessible yet engaging narratives. The reviewer admires Mr Mital’s intelligence and stealth, finding him relatable.

Checkout Samuel’s review on YouTube:

Noughts & Crosses Book

Noughts & Crosses depicts a dystopian society divided by skin colour, inspired by real events. The story revolves around Callum and Sephy, nought and cross respectively, navigating forbidden love amidst societal divides and terrorism. It underscores the impact of discrimination and the importance of unity. Recommended for ages 12 and up, it blends romance, drama, and action with valuable life lessons.

Checkout Charles-Wesley’s review on YouTube:

Henry’s Freedom Box

The book, set in the 18th century, follows Henry, a slave, separated from his family. Despite hardship, he finds solace in his mother’s wisdom and dreams of freedom. The storyline depicts his struggles under a strict master and eventual escape, celebrating resilience and familial bonds. Lessons learnt include kindness, family unity, and resilience.

Checkout Jeremiah’s review on YouTube:

You Are A Champion

Marcus Rashford’s inspiring book shares his journey to success, urging readers to strive for their best. He recounts his early life, football idols, and the importance of perseverance. As a black football enthusiast, I find his story relatable and motivating. I recommend this book to all, as it inspires excellence.

Checkout Shemaiah’s review on YouTube:

Ghost Boys

As part of APG’s Black History Month reading challenge, I chose ‘Ghost Boys’ by Jewell Parker Rhodes. The book delves into the aftermath of 12-year-old Jerome’s unjust shooting by a police officer, highlighting themes of police brutality and racism. It echoes real-life tragedies like Tamir Rice’s death. I appreciated the perspective shifts, including the officer’s daughter’s feelings. Meeting Emmett Till’s ghost adds historical depth. Suitable for ages 9-12, it’s a valuable introduction to these issues, earning it 4 stars.