Watch videos to mark Black History Month


Black History Month falls in October each year and is a great time to learn about and celebrate Black heritage. However, Black history can, and should, be recognised all year round.

Our Connecting Stories campaign marked the occasion with a series of videos featuring brilliant Black authors.

Watch the videos

Connecting Stories with the authors of Blackout: Dhonielle Clayton, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, Ages 13

Soon to be a film and Netflix series, and supported by the Obama’s, hear all about Blackout. This hilarious session digs deep into the importance of celebrating black love, friendship and adventures around New York.

Connecting Stories live with Natalie A Carter and Melissa Cummings-Quarry, Ages 14+

Join Black Girls Book Club duo Natalie A Carter and Melissa Cummings Quarry for an early preview of Grown: A Black Girls Guide to Glowing Up, hosted by Samantha Williams. Hear their sage advice on all things glowing up, as well as some stellar music and book recommendations.

Connecting Stories live with Clare Weze and B.B. Alston, hosted by Abiola Bello, Ages 7-13

Join award-winning authors B.B. Alston and Clare Weze to hear all about the adventures of Amari and Alfie and the importance of inclusion in the world of magic and fantasy.

For more Black History Month resources, including a calendar to highlight key dates to honour Black heroes, a Black British Book Map and more, check out our Black History Month page.

If you work in a school or public library and are keen to understand how to ensure your library collection and reading experience is as diverse and inclusive as possible, then sign up for our Diverse Libraries webinar series.