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This blog was created for Black History Month as part of Black Gold Arts Festival

Last year Maia co-curated free event I Read Me: More Black Authors in Schools. This was inspired by a letter she wrote to her head teacher asking for her school to include more ‘Black books by Black authors’ in their reading lists and on the curriculum. Find out more here

Now Maia is back with a list of her favourite Black Authors! 

Are you bored of reading the same book? Are you looking for excitement, plot twists or adventures? Most important, are you looking for new authors this Black History Month? Well, you’ve come to the right place! These are the must-read authors you should be reading this month!

High Rise Mystery! This book has everything! From adventure to plot twists. You’ll never be able to put it down.

Author: Sharna Jackson

Book cover of boy and girl looking up to a high rise building

High Rise Mystery – Sharna Jackson

Ways to grow love! This book is lovely and although it might not be as exciting it is very funny and has things that will make you smile.

Author: Renee Watson

Read Maia’s Review here.

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Ways to Grow Love – Renee Watson

The boy at the back of the class! This is a MUST read! It’s about how not to give up on someone and has a lot of culture in it.

Author: Onjali Q Rauf

Illustration of back of boy with big orange backpack

The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Q Rauf

Pig heart boy! This may be a sad story but also has some adventure and happiness in it and is a story about friendship and family. You should read it.

Author: Malorie Blackman

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Pig Heart Boy – Malorie Blackman

Amber undercover! This is another edge of chair book that I could not put down it’s a spy thriller about finding what makes us unique.

Author: Em Norry

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Amber Undercover – Em Norry

Two sisters: A story of freedom! This book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It has tons of plot twists and adventure AND excitement in it and is inspired by real events. I like that it is historical.

Author: Kereen Getten

Read Maia’s review here.

Book cover: two girls facing away from one another

Two Sisters: A story of Freedom – Kereen Getten

I hope you enjoy all these books and let me know what you are reading.

This blog was created for Black History Month as part of Black Gold Arts Festival. Check out our full lineup of live performances, exhibitions, talks and events here.