October half-term fun! There is an extensive programme of activities running in Haringey for children and young people during the half-term holiday.

Listen, Watch and Read


Explore a selection of books and films on black history and culture and by black authors and directors. 

Books for Adults

Enjoy a selection of black history books, or ones written by black authors. Selections have been made and book reviews have been written by library staff, book club attendees and community groups. 

If you would like to add your own review, please send it to libraries@haringey.gov.uk 

All titles below are available for loan from the online catalogue. You can also join the library online. 

We also have a selection of black history and culture themed eBooks available to download here (external link) 

Adult Fiction 

  • Another Country by James Baldwin
  • Ayiti by James Baldwin
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by James Marlon
  • Boy, Snow, Bird and Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez
  • Erasure by Percival Everett
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Flying Plantain by Zalika Reid - Benata
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
  • Harare North by Brian Chikwava
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Lot:Stories by Bryan Washington
  • Love in Colour by Bolu Babolola
  • Meridian by Alice Walker
  • Nightingale Point by Luan Goldie
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor
  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson
  • The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • The Book of Echoes by Rosanna Amaka
  • The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
  • The Lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon
  • The Opposite House and the Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila
  • The Returnees by Elizabeth Okah
  • The Traveler by Regina Porter
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zola Neale Hurston
  • Thinking with Trees by Jason Allen-Paisant
  • Well Read Black Girl by Glory Edim
  • What we Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Adult Non Fiction 

  • A Dutiful Boy by Mohsin Zaidi
  • An Uneasy Embrace: Africa, India and the Spectre of Race by Shobana Shankar
  • Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century by Kehinde Andrews
  • Bass Culture: When Reggae was King by Lloyd Bradley
  • Black Artists in British Art: A History from the 1950s to the Present by Eddie Chambers
  • Black Britain: A Photographic History by Paul Gilroy
  • Black British History: New Perspectives by Hakim Adi
  • Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
  • Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Everyone versus Racism: A Letter to my Children by Patrick Hutchinson
  • How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • How to Argue with a Racist by Adam Rutherford
  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World made for Whiteness by Austin-Channing Brown
  • London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined a City by Sukhdev Sandhu
  • Living While Black by Guilaine Kinouani
  • Maybe I Don't Belong Here By David Harewood
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • Natives: Race & Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
  • Never Again: Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League 1976-1982 by David Renton
  • Nice Racism by Robin J. Diangelo
  • Safe: 20 Ways to be a Black Man in Britain by Derek Owusu (Ed)
  • Self-portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race by Thomas Chatterton Williams
  • Sista Sister and I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite
  • Staying Power by Peter Fryer
  • Terraformed: Young Black Lives in the Inner City by Joy White
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • They Can't Kill us All by Wesley Lowery
  • The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
  • The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling Out Racist Stereotypes by Lawal Elijah
  • The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree by Nice Leng'Ete
  • The Heart of the Race: Black Women's Lives in Britain by Bryan Beverley, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe
  • The Interest by Michael Taylor
  • Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  • Voices of the Windrush Generation by David Matthews
  • Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge by Daniel Rachel
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Daniel Beverly Tatum
  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Download a PDF copy of the book list and read some reviews. 

Book List and Reviews for Adults (PDF, 103KB)

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African and Caribbean Book section in Haringey Libraries 

Haringey Libraries hold permanent African-Caribbean book collections at Wood Green, Marcus Garvey and Hornsey Libraries. Titles included in the collections are marked "A/C" on the spine and range from classic to contemporary fiction, biographies, history and much more. 

To find out more visit our find a library page or become a member of Haringey Libraries. 

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Books for Children and Young Adults

Enjoy a selection of black history and culture themed children's books, especially selected by Haringey Libraries. Titles are available to loan from the Haringey Libraries online catalogue

Picture Books 

  • Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke
  • Full Full Full of Love by Trish Cooke
  • Hair Love by Matthew Cherry
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Look Up by Nathan Bryon
  • My Hair by Hannah Lee 
  • So Much! by Trish Cooke
  • The Colour of Home by Mary Hoffman
  • When a Dragon Goes to School by Caryl Hart

Children's Fiction

  • Amari and the Night Brother by BB. Alston
  • Clean up and Look Up by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola
  • Diver's Daughter by Patrice Lawrence
  • Empire's End by Leila Rasheed
  • Freedom by Catherine Johnson
  • Handa's Surprise by Eileen Brown
  • High Rise Mystery & Mic Drop by Sharma Jackson
  • How Anansi Got His Stories by Trish Cooke
  • Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
  • Malu Kangaroo by Judith Morecroft and Bronwyn Bancroft
  • My Dad is a Grizzly Bear by Swapna Haddow and Dapo Adeloa
  • My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin
  • Race to the Frozen North by Catherine Johnson
  • Sing to the Moon by Nansubuaa Nagadya Isdahl
  • Something I Said by Ben Bailey Smith
  • Son of the Circus by E.L.Norry
  • Space Detectives by Mark Powers and Dapo Adeola
  • The Infinite by Patience Agbabi
  • The Lightning Thief by Clare Weze
  • We're Going to Find the Monster by Malorie Blackman and Dapo Adeola
  • Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

Children's Non Fiction

  • A Life Story...Katherine Johnson by Leila Rasheed
  • Aretha Franklin by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
  • Black History Matters by Robin Walker
  • Hidden Figures: The Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race (children's edition) by Margot Shetterly
  • I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer
  • I am Martin Luther King Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer
  • Little People, Big Dreams - a series of books by various authors on inspirational leaders such as Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr, and many more.
  • Little Leaders: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison
  • Little Leaders: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison
  • Queen of Freedom: Defending Jamaica by Catherine Johnson
  • The Place For Me: Stories about the Windrush by K.N.Chimbiri
  • The Story of the Windrush by K.N. Chimbiri
  • The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett by Melinda Mangal
  • You Are a Champion: How To Be The Best You Can Be by Marcus Rashford
  • Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from the Past & Present by Jamia Wilson

Young Adult Fiction

  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe
  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Lyimide
  • Booked by Kwame Alexander
  • Children of the Quick Sands by Efua Traore
  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Crongton Knights and Home Girl by Alex Wheatle 
  • End Game by Malorie Blackman
  • Indigo Donut, Orangeboy and Rose Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence
  • Legondborn by Tracy Deonn
  • Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander
  • Splinters of Sunshine by Patrice Lawrence 
  • The Noughts & Crosses series by Malorie Blackman
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  • The Hate U Give and On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • The Upper World by Femi Fadugba
  • Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo


  • The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Download a PDF copy of the book list.

Book List for Children and Young Adults (PDF, 136KB) 

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New Beacon Books 

New Beacon Books was founded in 1966 by John La Rose and his partner Sarah White. The shop based in Stroud Green Road was the UK's first black publisher, specialist bookshop and international book distributor. 

Find out more about New Beacon Books (external link) and discover more books to explore. 

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Music Playlist

To celebrate Black History Month, the Haringey library team have compiled an audio journey, a playlist on Spotify, providing a walk through the history of modern Black music from Gospel, Jazz, Blues & Soul, Calypso, Soca, Ska, Reggae, R'n'B, Hip-Hop, House, Garage and Grime.

Enjoy music by artists such as Lord Kitchener, The Might Sparrow, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Fela Kuti, Jimmy Cliff, The Jacksons, The Wailers, Aswad, Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Missy Elliott, Omar, Jay-Z, Tupac, Kanye, Kano, Kendrick, Akala, Steel Pulse, Craig David, Sade, Stormzy and more!

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Listen to the Playlist on Spotify (external link)

Parental discretion is advised when listening. 

You can help us grow our playlist by sending us your recommendations to HaringeyLibrariesEvents@Haringey.gov.uk.

(Please note this mailbox is not monitored for general enquiries). 

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Film List 

Enjoy a selection of black history and culture themed films and documentaries, or ones made by black filmmakers. Selections and reviews have been made by library staff and readers.

Film List 

  • Babymother (1998) Cert. 12a
  • Bad Hair (2020) unrated
  • Black Joy (1977) Cert. 15
  • Blue Story (2019) Cert. 15
  • Burning an Illusion (1981) Cert. 15
  • Do the Right Thing (1989) Cert. 15
  • Everything: The Real Thing Story (2020) Cert. 15
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) Cert. U
  • In the Heat of the Night (1967) Cert. A
  • Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Cert.15
  • Mississippi Burning (1988) Cert. 18
  • Queen & Slim (2019) Cert. 15.
  • Small Axe (2020)
  • The Butler (2013) Cert. 12A
  • The Color Purple (1985) Cert. 15
  • The Hate U Give (2018) Cert. 12A
  • The Help (2011) Cert. 12A
  • The Last Tree (2019) Cert. 15 
  • To Sir with Love (1967) Cert. A 
  • The Story of Lovers Rock (2011)

Download a PDF copy of the film list and read the film reviews. 

Film List and Reviews (PDF, 269KB)

You can find more information, film collections and archives by following the below links.

BFI (External Link)
Smoking Dogs Films (External Link)
Haringey independent Cinema (External Link)
London Screen Archives (External Link)

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September 21, 2021

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