What’s the story?

This groundbreaking picture book is a lyrical, inspirational exploration of growing up Black, written by award-winning illustrator Dapo Adeola, and brought to life by some of the most exciting Black illustration talents working today.  This 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. To mirror the rich variety of the Black diaspora, this book showcases artwork from Dapo and 18 incredible Black illustrators in one beautiful, powerful, and cohesive reading experience.

This resource pack includes:

Activities to encourage discussions about race and friendship with young readers, ideal for supporting learning in PSHE. The PowerPoint includes extracts from the book and a focus on vocabulary and will encourage children to develop empathy and kindness.

Activity One – You are loved

An activity to discuss the meaning of love and belonging by reading the text together, then breaking it down to discuss the effect on the reader.

Activity Two – You are wonderful

An activity to discuss the idea of self-worth and self-esteem using the spread provided as a starting point.

Activity Three – Love your beautiful skin

An activity to facilitate a discussion on diversity and equality using the spread provided as a starting point.