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Book suggestions with sensory story tips for Black History Month

As Black History Month approaches I wanted to highlight two brilliant picture books: Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush and Hey You.

I created sensory story resources to accompany both of these books for The Edinburgh International Book Festival – these are available free to download on the book festival website:

Download your Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush resources here

Download you Hey You resource here

Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush (written by Patrice Lawrence and illustrated by Camilla Sucre) is about arriving in Britain on the Empire Windrush. It’s suitable for a wide range of ages.

Image of the cover of the picture book Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush showing the Empire Windrush ship and a young black woman in the foreground.

If you are looking for a Black History Month resource suitable for younger children take a look at the sensory suggestions for Hey You by Dapo Adeola. This book is an empowering celebration of growing up black.

Cover image of picture book Hey You showing a black-skinned baby being held by four adult black-skinned hands.