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.
1. South Asian Heritage Month
2. British Fiction
3. International Fiction
South Asian Heritage Month
South Asian Heritage Month (18 July to 17 August) is an annual event dedicated to celebrating South Asian history and culture. We’re marking it by celebrating the work of South Asian authors. Here's a list of book recommendations from our community for you to explore during this month and beyond.
Maps for Lost Lovers
The Girl Who Stole an Elephant
Rumaysa: A Fairytale
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Kite Runner
Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
A Fine Balance
Anisha, Accidental Detective
The Boy at the Back of the Class
Billy and the Beast
Malala's Magic Pencil
Home-grown stories from some of the best ethnic minority writers in the UK.
The Black Flamingo
GIrl, Woman, Other
The Long Song
When We Speak of Nothing
The Lonely Londoners
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
Groundbreaking titles from some of the most influential writers from around the world.
You Must Be Layla
Things Fall Apart
Children of Blood and Bone
Second Class Citizen
A Raisin in the Sun
The Book of Night Women
Under the Udala Trees
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
The Hate U Give
The Color Purple
The Piano Lesson
Essays and books exploring issues and experiences surrounding ethnic minority communities.
Loud Black Girls
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Am Not Your Baby Mother
Between the World and Me
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
Talking to Strangers
The Good Immigrant
Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Lots of other organisations have fantastic resources which can help students, families, teachers and school leaders engage with more diverse literature. Take a look below at some of the resources we've found and loved:
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