Build my library of books

Build my library of books

10th July 2020By nanhoodadminNo Comments

Growing up with every ‘ism’

I was brought up hearing my father speak ill of Black people, homosexuals and denigrating women. Whether in the factory, on TV or at home it was the same. My mother kept quiet. 

One day my  big brother came home with a Black Jamaican mate.  Afterwards my mother spoke of Black people not being all the things my Dad was saying. Now my Dad kept quiet. 

That was just the beginning of my unravelling the racism and prejudice I had been brought up with. My father was rigid. He held ill informed views of women, people of a different skin colour, dialect, ethnic origin, sexuality  and faith. 

I want life to be different for my grandsons just as it has been for my daughter. She agrees. 

Understanding the current world better

She and her boys live in a multiethnic area. Their school teachers come from a wealth of different communities. But the wider world the boys will gradually come to see is not like their school or the street they live on. 

If the boys see programmes with men dominating and succeeding while women adore and giggle we talk about it. Afterwards the programmes are dismissed. 

We avoid Princesses and Princes preferring to target stories where both genders and all races are able to discover, show talents, laugh and have impact on the world. 

Choosing inclusive books

They have books with characters who are clearly diverse. We want stories which enable them to think and talk about what they see and hear, at school and on the street. 

So I intend this to be an evolving article with books we have found helpful,adding new additions as I find them.  They will reflect the world the boys currently see, which explain the matter of difference, of racism or of gender inequality as well.  Share your ideas of good books with me  #nanhood or on Instagram @livingnanhood . 

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