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Missing Pages Library

A Teach First community library, full of recommendations for more diverse English literature lessons

At Teach First we believe the books taught in schools should reflect the many perspectives and backgrounds that make up our country’s diverse population.
This library is a collection of book recommendations from our community and the public, full of works by ethnic minority authors they wish they’d had a chance to study at school. We want to inspire teachers, school leaders and exam boards to diversify the English literature texts they celebrate.
This library follows the publication of Missing pages: increasing racial diversity in the literature we teach. The report explores why representation matters, and how four English teachers are celebrating racially diverse authors in their classrooms.
Is something missing? If you have a great idea for the library, tweet us @TeachFirst using #MissingPages, with a short sentence about why your book should be added.
Today a pupil can leave school without reading a single book by an ethnic minority author. Together we can change that.  

There is a high chance of studying

no Black authors

in UK schools

98% of all teachers

believe it's 'important' or 'very important' to study ethnic minority authors in secondary schools.

Contents

1. British Fiction

2. International Fiction

3. Non-fiction

British Fiction

Home-grown stories from some of the best ethnic minority writers in the UK.

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The Black Flamingo

Dean Atta
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GIrl, Woman, Other

Bernadine Evaristo
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The Long Song

Andrea Levy
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Small Island

Andrea Levy
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When We Speak of Nothing

Olumide Popoola
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(Un)arranged Marriage

Bali Rai
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The Lonely Londoners

Sam Sevlon
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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

Warsan Shire
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White Teeth

Zadie Smith
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International Fiction

Groundbreaking titles from some of the most influential writers from around the world.

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You Must Be Layla

Yasmin Abdul-Magied
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Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe
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Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Purple Hibiscus

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi
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The Sellout

Paul Beatty
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Kindred

Octavia Butler
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Nervous Conditions

Tsitsi Dangarembga
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Second Class Citizen

Buchi Emecheta
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A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansbury
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The Book of Night Women

Marlon James
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Sister, Outsider

Audrey Lorde
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Beloved

Toni Morrison
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Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami
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Under the Udala Trees

Chinelo Okparanta
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Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mildred D. Taylor
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The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas
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The Color Purple

Alice Walker
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The Piano Lesson

August Wilson
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Non-fiction

Essays and books exploring issues and experiences surrounding ethnic minority communities.

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Loud Black Girls

Various Authors (Edited by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené)
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Natives

Akala
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou
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I Am Not Your Baby Mother

Candice Brathwaite
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Between the World and Me

Ta-Neishi Coates
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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge
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Talking to Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell
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Brit(ish)

Afua Hirsch
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The Good Immigrant

Various Authors (Edited by Nikesh Shukla)
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Men We Reaped: A Memoir

Jesmyn Ward
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Further reading

Lots of organisations have resources which can help students, families, teachers and school leaders engage with more diverse literature. Here are just a few below:

Pearson

Pearson Edexcel have produced a number of coursework guides for teachers and students to use when considering their coursework text choice. The guides are designed to help widen the range of texts that students can engage with, and help them to read texts where they can encounter characters and themes that may resonant with their own identities, or challenge them to think beyond their own experiences.

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National Literacy Trust

To help young people of all ages, their families and teachers explore race, identity, family and community, the National Literacy Trust has developed a series of age-appropriate books by black authors and illustrators sharing diverse stories and voices.

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