Diversity & Inclusion: Discover these 10 BAME titles on Yoto
Diversity and inclusion are very important to us at Yoto. October is Black History Month here in the U.K., and we are proud to host titles from diverse authors and narrators, as well as fictional and non-fictional diverse stories, which reflect the multicultural world around us.
We believe that the best way to introduce your child to the wider world is through the art of wondrous storytelling! By feeding their curiosity and enriching their imaginations, and by listening to tales from the furthest reaches of our globe.
Whether you’re looking for an amazing account of brilliant Black leaders or want to follow along on a hilarious school-based adventure, be sure to check out this eclectic list of titles that will tickle your child’s curiosity and have them cackling with laughter and gasping for more!
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (5-8 and 8-12 years)
Discover the extraordinary women who changed the world. The free-thinkers, rule-breakers, the hidden geniuses who made milestones in black history in this volume of the Little Leaders series. Featuring 40 trailblazing black women in the world's history, this card educates and inspires as it relates true stories of women who broke boundaries and exceeded all expectations.
Debut author Vashti Harrison tells the stories of both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history—from nurse Mary Seacole to politician Diane Abbott, mathematician Katherine Johnson, and singer Shirley Bassey.
Among these biographies listeners will find heroes, role models and everyday women who did extraordinary things.
Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World (5-8 and 8-12 years+)
Meet Cookie! She's got it all, girl power galore and STEM smarts in bucketloads! When her best friend in the whole world moves to Solihull, Cookie begs her parents for a pet to fill the void. Never one to accept the word no, she sets her heart on the most adorable kitten in the world.
Just one problem.
The most annoying boy she's ever met in her entire nine years moves in next door, joins her class, and buys her pet before she can! Join Cookie in this hilarious tale of wayward friendships, chaotic families, and madcap science projects! A brilliant series written and narrated by BBC Blue Peter's Konnie Huq.
Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths (8-12)
Art-mad Danny Chung’s world is turned upside down when his ex-maths-champion grandmother from China comes to stay! Nai Nai speaks no English, takes over Danny’s room, ruins all his school holiday plans, but just when he thinks they couldn’t be worlds apart…he realises they have more in common than meets the eye.
This is a beautiful tale about the bonds of family, how love transcends all languages and cultures, written by Maisie Chan.
My Monster and Me and Other Stories (3-5)
We all know what it’s like to be bogged down with anxiety and nerves. Take a break with your child with this perfect 15-minute card. Tune out of your worries and settle down to this trio of heartfelt tales about the importance of self-worth, courage, and kindness.
Having suffered with anxiety herself, The Great British Bake Off’s Nadiya Hussain has written and narrated this heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety, to ensure that no child suffers in silence.
The Planet Omar Collection (5-8 and 8-12 years+)
Welcome, listeners, to the magnificent mind of Omar! Join him on three hilarious, fun-filled adventures as he navigates a new school, raises money to save his mosque and launches an incredible extra-terrestrial rescue mission.
Perfect for fans of Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this brilliant award-winning series by Zanib Mian will keep you and your little ones giggling and engrossed for over six hours as you struggle to keep up with Omar, a little Muslim boy with a HUGE imagination!
Ladybird Stories for Eid (0-5, 3-5, and 5-8)
Share the joy of Eid with these 5 uplifting stories, perfect for celebrating and learning different traditions.
Settle in for over an hour and share the joy in this heart-rendering collection of uplifting stories celebrating the magic of Eid by Sidra Ansari! Join the festivities and discover the joy of giving, sharing, and spreading happiness in five new adventures!
This card will teach you all about different Eid traditions, perfect for family listening, learning and the development of young minds.
Sulwe (5-8 years)
Written and narrated by award-winning actress, Lupita Nyongo, Sulwe tells the story of a little girl who feels very different from everyone around her, not just at school with her peers, but with her family too. Sulwe highlights the impact of colourism on self-esteem but is also a whimsical and magical story. In just 13 minutes listeners will know, as Sulwe learns, how beautiful she is – inside and out.
The Extraordinary Life of Rosa Parks (5-8 and 8-12 years)
Discover the remarkable journey of one of the most prominent female activists in history, the legendary Rosa Parks. This educational card certainly captivates all its listeners as it recants her early life in Alabama, from refusing to give up her seat on the bus to the end of her extraordinary life.
This addition to the Extraordinary Lives series by British astronomer Dr Sheila Kanani is a bold, inclusive biography shining light on Rosa Parks and her contribution to the Civil Rights Movement that changed the world forever!
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