At Beards & Books, we thought it would be a great idea to compile a list of some of our favourite readings and podcasts so that you can discover some new educational pieces for your children, but also for yourself.
Whether your children or yourselves want a bit of extra help, whether its advice or someone to answer your more personal lifestyle questions, hopefully you will find these resources useful for you and your families! We hope that you find some interesting reads and podcasts that aren’t just relatable, but are informative and resourceful.
For Children ...
Bookshops, libraries and books for multicultural reading
- 19 empowering books with black characters – https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/children/2019/jun/childrens-books-with-black-characters.html
- Book Depository: “B is for baby” – https://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781406390872
- Children and teenagers books on personal and social issues – https://www.waterstones.com/category/childrens-teenage/personal-and-social-issues/facet/497 –
- Letterbox library: a children’s box seller celebrating equality &diversity – https://www.letterboxlibrary.com/index.html
- Blackwells childrens books – https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/category/_childrens?offset=0
- Tiny Owl: “tiny books for everyone” – https://tinyowl.co.uk/
- Lee & Low Books: The largest multicultural children’s publisher in the US – https://www.leeandlow.com/
The UK’s first black girl magazine ~ https://www.cocoagirl.com/
Bedtime stories for kids, written by kids ~ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02tkm27/episodes/downloads
Fairytale podcast about the extraordinary women who inspire us ~ https://www.rebelgirls.com/pages/podcast
For adults and teenagers...
- 100 years of black british theatre and screen ~ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06phflx/episodes/player
- The History of literature: The trial of Phillis Wheatley ~ https://historyofliterature.com/216-the-trials-of-phillis-wheatley/
- Interviews with people who were there at the key moments in black and civil rights history ~ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01h9dl0/episodes/downloads
- “Mixed Up” – a podcast for mixed race people everywhere ~ https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/mixed-up/id1520677219
- These podcasts review films of black lead actors and discuss them in the context of Hollywood’s race problem ~ http://blackmenpodcast.com/
- american origin stories: black history (un)told ~ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/american-origin-stories-black-history-un-told/id1498377748
- African Literature blogs ~ https://blog.feedspot.com/african_literature_blogs/
- African writing and literacy culture ~ https://brittlepaper.com/
- Babes about Town, a multiple award-nominated family, lifestyle and travel blog aimed at parents with young kids in London and beyond ~ http://babesabouttown.com/
- This blog rests on writing commissions as well poetry, which tends to focus on origins and identity, often through the lens of motherhood and migration ~ https://www.adelejarrettkerr.com/
- “Circus mums” by Tinuke, find her new website at: TinukeBernard.com as well as loads of her previous posts here: https://circusmums.com/
- Motherhood blog ~ https://www.ellasmamaa.co.uk/
- A rep for black, british motherhood ~ http://heyisthatme.co.uk/
- “Because motherhood keeps me up at night ~ https://mumsomnia.blog/
- Fatherhood blog~ http://musicfootballfatherhood.com/
- For Independent Mothers ~ https://www.theresilientmum.com/home2341
- Family, lifestyle and travel blog ~ https://thetigertales.co.uk/