We support #blacklivesmatter and are committed to doing more. We are committed to embedding equalities thoroughly, to educating ourselves and making changes. We understand it is more important to do the work, than make a statement. We know our actions must speak louder than these words. We know that this must be an ongoing process.
We will use our platform to support and amplify anti-racist voices, black readers and writers and organisations fighting for equality. We will use our resources and materials to educate and inform.
Here is some of our existing work that explores and supports anti-racism, which may be helpful at this time.
If you would like to deepen your understanding of the UK context, here is our 2018 Book Week Scotland Akala event (requires Facebook account - part 1 from 27:00, part 2 ), co-programmed by @Lighthousebks and @edincarib .
If you’re looking for resources to support secondary school aged children, please see below:
Show Racism the Red Card ScotlandThe Undefeated, a poem and picture book about black history. Other Authors Live events which explore racism include events featuring Nikesh Shukla , Bessora and Sarah Ardizzone, and our Unheard voices panel with Alex Wheatle, Anni Cameron and Dave Hook.partnered with Scottish Book Trust to produce a learning resource on challenging racism in secondary school . This resource can be used in conjunction with Scottish Book Trust’s Authors Live events, for example Authors Live: Kwame Alexander , which includes a reading from
Our Malorie Blackman learning activitiesNoughts and Crosses and the civil rights movement, originally created to support our Authors Live event with Malorie.explore
And for younger children:
We recommend picture books from the Little People, Big Dreams series as a way into conversations about #blacklivesmatter and anti-racism for very young children, particularly the titles that cover the lives of Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr and Harriet Tubman. These books are also available in board format with simpler language.
Other titles that may be useful for families include Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara.
These books lists offer further suggested reading for children and teens: