BAME and diverse perspectives book lists

Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service and HEC Global Learning Centre have always placed racial justice at the heart of what we do. Black perspectives and the global dimension to the curriculum are at the core of our collection and balanced representation is at the core of our event planning.
We have published a dedicated BAME booklist for primary and secondary schools. In the addition, all of our THBA, Teen, TakeOff and Must Read booklists contain lots of new books by BAME and international authors featuring diverse themes and characters.

BAME Fiction

Teachers have a crucial role in educating children about the racial injustices of the past, and which continue to manifest in the present, enabling an understanding of the issues at stake and nurturing within all children a pride in their heritage.  One of the ways in which we can support this is by recommending high-quality fiction so that children can find themselves in books and stories as well as use story to learn about the experiences and lives of others.

These are a selection of 150 books suitable for children and teens in primary and secondary schools.  For more, or to discuss your requirements, please contact the Schools Library Service.

For a .pdf copy of the full BAME list, please complete the following form.

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Fighting Racism list

A quick suggestions list of fiction and non-fiction for teachers.

Black History Month

October is Black History Month, but where possible we will include black history resources into all history requests.
Our collection covers:
  • Geography
  • History and biography
  • Art
  • Religious Education
  • PSHE and human rights
  • Music
  • African Artefacts ( by country)


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