Whose Stories? Reading List

This reading list, which has been designed to accompany Season 1 of Whose Stories?, is by no means intended to be exhaustive. Rather, it gives a sense of the wide range of books for children the authors involved with the podcast have created, and offers recommendations of critical works that engage with the question of whose stories are told in children’s literature, and why.

Errol Lloyd

Comic Stories (2005)

Many Rivers To Cross (1996)

Sasha and the Bicycle Thieves (1989)

Nini at Carnival (1978)

(illustrator) My Brother Sean (1973)

(illustrator) Letters for Lettie (1979)


Valerie Bloom

Stars With Flaming Tails (2021)

A Soh Life Goh (2008)

On Good Form: Poetry Made Simple (2006)

Surprising Joy (2003)

Hot Like Fire (2002)

Ackee, Breadfruit, Callaloo: An Edible Alphabet (1999)

Fruits: A Caribbean Counting Poem (1997)

Duppy Jamboree: And Other Jamaican Poems (1991)

Touch mi! Tell mi! (1983)


John Agard

Shona, the Word Detective (2018)

Goldilocks on CCTV (2011)

The Young Inferno (2009)

Tiger Dead! Tiger Dead!: Stories from the Caribbean (2008)

Wriggle Piggy Toes (2006)

We Brits (2006)

Half-Caste (2005), Hodder & Stoughton, 9-12yrs

Einstein, The Girl Who Hated Maths (2002)

We Animals Would Like a Word With You (1996)

A Caribbean Dozen (1994)

Granfather's Old Bruk-a-Down Car (1994)

No Hickory, No Dickory, No Dock (1991)

The Calypso Alphabet (1990)

Go Noah Go! (1990)

Letters for Lettie (1979)

Beverley Naidoo

Cinderella of the Nile (2019)

S is for South Africa (2010)

Burn My Heart (2007)

Web of Lies (2004)

Baba's Gift (2003)

The Other Side of Truth (2000)

Where is Zami? (1998)

Global Tales: Stories from Many Cultures (1997)

No Turning Back (1995)

Letang's New Friend (1994)

Through Whose Eyes?: Exploring Racism: Reader, Text and Context (1992)

Chain of Fire (1989)

Free as I Know (1987)

Censoring Reality: An Examination of Books on South Africa (1985)

Journey to Jo'burg (1985)


Holly Sterling

Happy Birthday, Trees! (2020)

Everybody Feels Shy! (2020)

Karate Kids (2020)

Everybody Feels Sad! (2017)

Everybody Feels Angry! (2017)

Hiccups! (2016)

15 Things Not to Do With a Baby (2016)


Elizabeth Hammill

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes (2015)


Critical List

Chetty, Darren.  “You Can’t Do That: Stories Have to be About White People!”  Media Diversified, 2013.

Chetty, Darrren and Karen Sands-O’Connor.  “Beyond the Secret Garden.”  Books for Keeps 2018-present (Darren and Karen write a regular column aimed at teachers and librarians wishing guidance and critical consideration of diverse children’s books in Britain.  Books for Keeps is online and freely accessible.)

King, Helen.  “‘Books that change your way of thinking’: political engagement with an anti-apartheid novel,” in Changing Childhoods, 27 October 2020, https://changingchildhoods.com/political-engagement-with-an-anti-apartheid-novel

King, Helen.  “Seeking Asylum, Speaking Silence: Speech, Silence and Psychosocial Trauma in Beverley Naidoo’s The Other Side of Truth.”  Barnboken 43 (2020).

Lawrance, Sarah.  Drawn from the Archive: Hidden Histories of Illustration.  Seven Stories, 2015.

Pearson, Lucy.  The Making of Modern Children’s Literature in Britain: Publishing and Criticism in the 1960s and 1970s.  Routledge, 2016.

Pearson, Lucy, Karen Sands-O'Connor and Aishwarya Subramanian.  “Prize Culture and Diversity in British Children’s Literature.”  International Research in Children’s Literature 12.1 (2019): 90-106.

Sands-O’Connor, Karen.  Children’s Publishing and Black Britain, 1965-2015.  Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Sands-O’Connor, Karen.  Soon Come Home to this Island: West Indians in British Children’s Literature.  Routledge, 2008.

Serroukh, Farrah.  “Reflecting Realities.”  Reports published 2018-2020 from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education; Darren Chetty, Fen Coles, and Karen Sands-O’Connor were part of the advisory board.