5 books to read your children on World Book Day

It’s world book day this Thursday, in light if that, I’ve adapted my post this week to talk more about reading and less about me. Here are my 5 recommendations for awesome books to read to your children.

1. The Lion Inside

An inspirational story that shows we all have a lion inside of us.

2. Look Up

A story that teaches us the importance of paying attention and sometimes all we need to do to experience something wonderful is ‘Look Up’.

3. The Lost Happy Endings

Beautiful poetic imagery in this book in which our happy endings are rescued.

4. The Spiderwick Chronicles

A series of books filled with magic and mischief.

5. Noughts & Crosses

A teen read that explores slavery, racism and love in dangerous times.

I have read all of the above books and there are so many more I could list but these are a great place to start.

You can also go to this page to download a digital library. Check it out!

Embrace the Fro

I don’t know about you but embracing my afro was a real journey. I used to beg my mum to hot comb my hair and for those of you who have been through the experience, you’ll know that having your hair hot-combed is a mild form of torture. Those burns to the scalp and ears were well worth the pain just to flick my hair like the white girls in movies.

This is where representation is important, if you don’t see yourself on the television, in the classrooms, in the business world and in books what you aspire to becomes something that is so far detached from you that in your mind it is virtually unobtainable.

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I’ve been so enthused to see a rise of representation in the media of black and ethnic minority people and my only hope is that this doesn’t just fizzle out as a fad but instead becomes our new normal.

I was very privileged to have been sent a copy of the book ‘Lily and the magic Comb‘ by singer songwriter VV Brown. The book is a great addition to any little girls collection. It’s a great book for teaching rhyme in the early years and inspires little black girls to harness their imaginations and dream big.

I’ll be running a competition over on my Instagram to win your own copy of Lily and the magic Comb so head on over and enter.