Recent research shows that only 4% of children’s and young adult books that are published feature BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) characters. More so than ever, it’s crucial to find books that represent the diverse and varied experiences and cultures of all students.
To celebrate Academic Book Week, our team of librarians have put together a list of recommended titles by BAME authors, or featuring BAME characters that are suitable for secondary aged readers.
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master
Teacher’s Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah
Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence
Tender Earth by Sita Brahmachari
I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan
Ace of Spiders by Stefan Mohamed
Sofia Khan is not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
Bend it like Beckham by Narinder Dhami
Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
The Inquisition by Taran Matharu