All ages: New books by Black authors and illustrators

Author Nathan Bryon celebrates his role as Puffin World of Stories Ambassador by bringing together a brilliant selection of children's books, written and illustrated by new Black authors and illustrators, from publishers across the children's book industry.

We’re Going to Find the Monster by Malorie Blackman, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)

Join two intrepid adventurers as their imaginations transform their house into a wild wonderland - and their big brother becomes a mighty monster. A joy to read-aloud with its cumulative refrain, and full of funny, relatable characters, this is a contemporary celebration of creativity, fantasy and family.

Hey You! by Dapo Adeola, Various (Illustrators)

This groundbreaking picture book is a lyrical, inspirational exploration of growing up Black. The book addresses - honestly, yet hopefully - the experiences Black children face growing up with systemic racism, as well as providing hope for the future, delivering a powerful message to a new generation of dreamers. It's a message that is both urgent and timeless - and offers a rich and rewarding reading experience for every child.

My Skin, Your Skin: An Early Introduction to Race and Racism by Laura Henry-Allain MBE (author), Onyinye Iwu (illustrator)

Aziza's Secret Fairy Door by Lola Morayo, Cory Reid (illustrator)

Aziza's Secret Fairy Door is the first title in a new, young magical adventure series from debut author Lola Morayo, featuring a little girl, Aziza, who loves fairies and lives with her mum, dad and older brother in a city flat. This magical story is inspired by fairies from world mythology and is gorgeously illustrated in black and white throughout.

Never Teach a Stegosaurus to Do Sums by Rashmi Sirdeshpande Diane Ewen (Illustrator)

A laugh-out-loud 'what if . . .?' adventure that celebrates maths being fun in this riotous read. If a Stegosaurus knew how to do sums - well, what would happen? Maybe she'd learn to code, to invent, to fly to the moon!

Happy Here by Various

With an introduction from bestselling author Sharna Jackson, Happy Here features stories and poems by 10 Black British authors for readers aged 7+. Exploring themes of joy, home and family through a wide range of genres and styles, each author has been paired with a different illustrator to spotlight Black British artistic talent.

You Are A Champion by Marcus Rashford, Carl Anka

No matter who you are and no matter where you come from, every single person in the world has the potential to be a champion. In You Are a Champion, the nation’s favourite footballer gives you the tools you need to reach your full potential, showing you how to be the very BEST version of yourself you can be.

The Dream Team: Jaz Santos vs. the World by Priscilla Mante

A relatable, inclusive story about families, unlikely friendships and girl power. Perfect for fans of Ella on the Outside and Jacqueline Wilson.

Black Boy Joy by Various, Kwame Mbalia (Editor)

Black boy joy is… Picking out a fresh first-day-of-school outfit. Saving the universe in an epic intergalactic race.
Finding your voice—and your rhymes—during tough times. Flying on your skateboard like nobody’s watching.
And more! From seventeen acclaimed Black male and non-binary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories, comics, and poems about the power of joy and the wonders of Black boyhood.

Nubia: Real One by L. L. McKinney, Robyn Smith (Illustrator)

Can you be a hero…if society doesn’t see you as a person? Nubia has always been a little bit…different. As a baby she showcased Amazonian strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbour’s cat. But, despite Nubia’s similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she’s no Wonder Woman. Every time she comes to the rescue, she's reminded of how people see her: as a threat. When Nubia’s best friend, Quisha, is threatened by a boy who thinks he owns the town, Nubia will risk it allher safety, her home, and her crush on that cute kid in English classto become the hero society tells her she isn’t.

 

Black Joy by Various Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (Edited by)

Joy can be found in many places. Bringing together the most exciting Black British voices today, Black Joy is an extraordinary anthology that celebrates everything that is brilliant and beautiful about being Black British.

The Upper World by Femi Fadugba

The story of two teenagers a generation apart, connected across time by one bullet about to devastate both of their lives. Everything changes when Esso gains access to a mysterious world where he can see glimpses of the past and future, and when Rhia starts understanding the physics of it. The two must work together to master the secrets of the Upper World and seize control of their own destinies before it's too late.

How To Save It: Fix Your Finances by Bola Sol

Introducing the new 'How To...' series from #Merky Books: unlock your potential with these short, practical pocket-sized guides. This indispensable guide will help you confront the awkwardness of having conversations about your money and what to do with it.