Black and British | Happier Every Chapter
The start of Black History Month is only a few days away. As we mentioned last week, our theme for October is 'Celebrating Black History Month (with a hint of Halloween)'. We have chosen one book that encompasses the importance of Black History Month, and one that is on the witchier side (which we are keeping a secret for now. You'll have to subscribe to see!).
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga is our chosen book to help educate children our age about the history of being black whilst living in Britain in the years gone by. Something that we haven't featured in our boxes very much in the past is non-fiction. Black and British is informative and factual, but also written in a way that young people can easily understand and digest.
"In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello.
It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain's global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery. It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of the First World War. Black British history can be read in stately homes, street names, statues and memorials across Britain and is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation."
If you have an 8-14 year old in your life that you'd like to educate more on the world around them, then October's edition of Happier Every Chapter is perfect for them! A combination of fiction and non-fiction will keep your child entertained for hours!