Black Pound Day: The best books for National Share-a-Story Month

Black Pound Day: The best books for National Share-a-Story Month

05/06/2022

Did you know that May is officially National Share-a-Story month”? Well until recently, neither did we!

The initiative was founded in the 1960s by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups to encourage children to read and to celebrate storytelling and how powerful it can be. This year’s theme is myths, magic and mayhem!

Inspired by this, we decided to use this month’s Black Pound Day article to celebrate children’s books and black owned businesses you could support by purchasing them from them.

Black Pound Day was started by So Solid Crew member Swiss in June 2020. It’s a “solution-based, community-empowering campaign and motivating endeavour that will leave a better infrastructure for the next generation to walk into”.

It occurs on the first Saturday of each month, with a focus on supporting black owned enterprise.

It’s our mission to lead our followers to a wide range of UK black owned businesses and to shine a light on black British culture – check us out on @afro_leads.

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

This series, published by Merky Books, is a fictional series which describes an alternative history in which African people had gained a strategic, technological and organisational advantage over European people whom they had formerly enslaved.

The racial discrimination is stark and is an important mirror to hold up to racism. Recognising a problem is the first step to solving it. It has been adapted for TV and series 2 dropped on 26 April – all four episodes are available to binge!

Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength by Sophia Thakur

In 2021, Stormzy released his first ever children’s book (again through his Penguin imprint Merky Books) and it’s brilliant!

Superheroes: Inspiring Stories of Secret Strength celebrates 50 British figures from marginalised communities, with the hope to challenge the wider mainstream representation of these faces in children’s literature. Representation matters.

Written by poet and author Sophia Thakur this is a must read for children and adults alike! We love reading it over and over again – Britain is full of Black excellence!

New Beacon Books

Founded in 1966 by John La Rose and his partner Sarah White in London, this establishment is the last remaining independent black British publisher and bookshop.

Earlier this year, an impressive crowd-funding appeal managed to save the physical premises from closing its doors. This community action has been replicated along its journey – it’s ever more important to shop small and invest in and support independent enterprises

Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga

This book is the history book that we all need to read. David Olusoga does what he does best and educates us about Britain, explaining how the lives of Black and white Britons have been entwined for centuries.

This book provides the reader an opportunity to learn and develop a healthy more honest definition what it means to be Black and the full extent of Britain’s part in colonialism.

Look Up! and Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon

Look Up! was the debut book with illustrator Dapo Adeola, through which we were introduced to the delightful Rocket and her family. It has the important message to look up and celebrate the wonder of every moment!

Part of a 3 book deal- it was followed by Clean Up! when during a visit to see her grandparents, Rocket learns about plastic pollution and how collective efforts to clean up can make a difference! We are looking forward to the third instalment!

My Friend Jen by Jenica Leah

My Friend Jen is the award-winning series of children’s books about sickle cell. The series is written by Jenica Leah with the aim to promote sickle cell education and awareness.

You know we are all about representation, and what we love about this series is that it gives young children with sickle cell peace of mind and confidence about their condition.

We would also recommend the series as a tool for creating a better understanding of sickle cell for both children and adults alike.

Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye

Author, broadcaster, educator and occasional journalist Jeffrey Boakye is a former teacher. His Book Musical Truth is a musical history of modern Black Britain in 28 songs – a “dynamite” combination of music and words aimed at young readers, “ready to ignite classrooms, bookshelves and conversations”.

The Mega Hair Swap by Rochelle Hulmes

We are big fans of Rochelle Hulmes, and were not disappointed by her debut children’s book The Mega Hair Swap.

The story is about two young girls that admire each other’s very different hair. The story delves into an appreciation of different types of hair and allows the girls to appreciate their own individual hair types.

What a great book and wonderful lesson for all children!

My First Animal Moves by @fitnessexplorer AKA Darryl Edwards

Help your little one/s discover the joys of animal moves through this charming tale following Nathan and his rather lazy canine companion. A great way to make reading fun and interactive whilst developing strength, coordination, balance and promoting wellbeing.

My Mummy Has Many Jobs by Lutay B.C.

This book is a great little book about the many hats a mother wears.

This book is fabulous in so many ways. Not only is it narrated by a child who see their mummy in more ways than one… it really hits home how much love and motivation a mummy has for their child.

A brilliant bedtime read!

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