Here you can find our podcast, learning resource packs,
a Black Stories Matter booklist and more.
This is a short animation made by Rufaro Faith Mazarura and Lily Mae Kroese
exploring the themes of the exhibition and Rufaro's experiences growing up reading.
Interested in researching more about Black Britain and children’s literature?
Click here to find resources to help you learn more about this fascinating history!
Whose Stories? is a podcast about children’s books, diversity, and the role of archives, brought to you by Newcastle University and Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books. In the first season of our podcast, we’re exploring the story of children’s books and Black Britain. You’ll hear from authors, illustrators, and changemakers in the world of children’s literature, including the multi-award-winning writers John Agard, Valerie Bloom, and Beverley Naidoo. You’ll be introduced to Seven Stories’ unique collection of archival material and learn about why building a truly representative national archive of children’s books is so critical, and we’ll draw on the expertise of researchers at Newcastle University to put a spotlight on issues of diversity and representation in children’s literature and its history within these contexts. Ultimately, we’ll show you what we can gain from making children’s books more inclusive – and what’s lost when the UK’s children don’t find themselves reflected in the words (and worlds) they find on the page. Subscribe and stay tuned.
Professor Karen Sands O'Connor speaks about nursery rhymes in Black British children's literature,
as part of the exhibition 'Listen to this Story! From History to Our Story'.
Professor Karen Sands O'Connor speaks about Una Marson (poet, playwright, editor, activist and broadcaster)
To celebrate diversity in children's fiction, here are some of our favourite books for children of all ages by Black authors and illustrators and about incredible Black people in history.
This resource pack highlights the contributions of Caribbean and British Caribbean writers to British children’s literature and the ways they have transformed and deepened our understanding of history, culture and the story of the Windrush. It is developed to be an inspiration and a guide for young people, with a particular focus on those of Caribbean heritage, so that they can imagine and see themselves as the writers of the future.