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A Mighty Girl 

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Celebrating British writers and illustrators of colour. This vital new resource – a catalogue profiling 104 British children’s writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers of colour – will help young people, teachers, librarians and literature promoters find out about some of the very best authors working in the UK today.

The Reader Teacher

Website set up by a primary school teacher to help children, parents, teachers and schools get to know books that will help children discover a love of reading whilst having choice, variety, promotion, representation and awareness in mind.

More Resources

Black Lives Matter: A Reading List for Young Adults (Skokie Library, Illinois)

Booksfortopics (45 books for kids 3-7, 7-9, 9-11 - includes biographies and non-fiction)

Seventeen (Best YA book by black authors to read about race & BLM)

National Literacy Trust (BLM book lists by age 0 to 16+)

Vogue (Essential anti-racist reading list)

Book Trust (book trust’s BLM list for kids and Black History Month list)

Montreal Library (BLM reading list)

Tuesday Bookclub Book Reviews (Googler run instagram account reviewing representative and inclusive children’s books)

List for non-English language resources

Glamour (German language books about racism for young adults)

Buchkind-Blog (Blog recommending German language picture books and children's books on anti-racism and tolerance)

Stockholms Stadsbibliotek - inclusive children's books recommended by libraries in Sweden. 

Independent Bookstores


Letterbox Library

London based not-for-profit social enterprise and a leading children's bookseller and education supplier, bringing teachers, librarians and parents the best in inclusive children's books. Letterbox Library specialises in books in which all children can see themselves and which reflect our world community in all of its diversity.

A New Chapter

A children's book shop specialising in diversity and inclusion. A New Chapter provides children's books to customers and schools across the UK. 

Round Table Books

An inclusion-led bookshop selling books for every reader, in the heart of Brixton, London. Round Table Books is an “inclusive” book store dedicated to children. It exists to celebrate underrepresented children’s books, writers and illustrators. It also curates and stocks books from the widest variety of UK and Irish publishers possible.

 

Category is Books

This LGBTQIA+ bookshop in Glasgow was started by wife and wife team to create a space for the community and their allies to learn about, be inspired by and share a love of queer history, culture, writing and storytelling. The pay-it-forward shelf has operated online throughout lockdown, so those who are low on funds can still order books to help them get through these trying times. The Category is Books Instagram page is also full of recommendations – from books written by queer black writers to queer sci-fi. 

 

The Gutter Bookshop

An independent book store based in Dublin who aim to provide something a bit different from the range you find in large chain bookshops. They have an online store as well. 

 

Book-ish

An independent bookseller in Wales, with over 5000 titles, which also has an online shop. Its stated philosophy is to connect people to books, help children to develop a lifelong love of reading and encourage imaginative play. 

 

Pages of Hackney

A small independent book store which has recently launched its “lockdown shop” to sell books online. They currently have almost 1,000 children’s books in stock. 

 

Five Leaves Bookshop

An independent book store known for its radical and literary roots, specialising in social history, politics, fiction, international writing, poetry and LGBTQ+ literature. During lockdown, Five Leaves is offering mail order from stock or to special order, posting books for free.

 

Drake The Bookshop

The main focus of this family run business was to create a community hub in Stockton for reading, writing, and all things books, with a particular emphasis on encouraging children to love novels too. As well as an online store, this bookshop also stocks an increasing number of dyslexia friendly titles. 

 

Max Minerva’s

An independent book store in Bristol. Founded on a love for the emotion, imagination and the way books make you think, Max Minerva’s is a community hub for kids and grown-ups, and not only provides marvellous books, it also hosts events, classes, school tours and more. You can order directly from the website, which offers a comprehensive selection of books, and there’s even the option to sign up for the reading subscription too. Throughout lockdown the team has hosted live storytimes for children via Instagram.

 

Hive

Hive is an online network of 360 independent bookstores nationwide. A per cent of the profits go back into your nearest independent bookshop every time you make a purchase, or you can select your “favourite” bookshop to benefit instead.

 

Wordery.com

Wordery is one of the fastest growing online bookshops and its mission is to provide an alternative haven to buy the books you love for the lowest prices. Wordery.com offers over 10 million books and provides free delivery to over 100 countries.

 

No Ordinary Bookshop

No Ordinary Book Shop is an online bookstore committed to selling books for and about black, mixed race, and dual heritage children; and to promote harmony and understanding to anyone who wants to learn about different cultures.

 

Bookshop.org

Bookshop.org is an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops. The site enables independent bookshops to easily create virtual storefronts and fulfil orders.

Bijlmer Bookstore

A black-owned bookstore in Amsterdam