I was delighted to be asked by The Magic Storybox to review one of their amazing book gift boxes. I chose to review one of their ‘anti-racist book boxes’ but their website also have options to build a box for someone based on your own selections, or to purchase a monthly book subscription packed with carefully-selected titles, activities and other goodies!
It is never too early to start learning about how to treat people equally and fairly regardless of their race or their beliefs. Books are vital in providing windows into worlds other than our own and in allowing readers to develop empathy for others.
‘Each box has been created to offer a range of genres andage-appropriate reading experiences. Some books deal directly with issues of racism, politics and social movements, or chart incredible true-life stories. Others have been selected from the best diverse children’s fiction available, including picture books, early readers, books to share together and thrilling adventures for older readers.
Each box is filled with real-life experiences, famous figures from history, incredible achievements, aspiration, laughter, fantasy, adventures and incredible reads that all families and children can enjoy, while understanding such valuable lessons.’
I was very impressed by the selection of titles offered in the box I was sent. They are current, engaging and varied in style.
‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ is defined to become a modern classic and is used in classrooms across the country. It tells the story of Ahmet, a nine year old refugee who has fled his home country to escape war. He never talks or smiles but his classmates come up with a plan to change that. 9+
‘Black and British’ is written by award-winning historian and broadcaster, David Olusoga. Spanning back over 1800 years, this text is an essential guide to Black British history. From Black Tudors to the black soldiers who fought at the Battle of Trafalgar and in the trenches of World War One – all take their rightful place in history. 9+
‘Asha and the Spirit Bird’ is a highly acclaimed magical adventure set in the foothills of the Himalayas. When Asha’s father stops sending money home from the city, their house is ransacked. Asha and he friend make a pact to make a dangerous journey to find her father and make things right.
‘This Book is Anti-Racist’ provides 20 short lessons on how children can become empowered to take action against racism and stand up to the adults in their lives. It encourages readers to have conversations about their own identities and beliefs. 10+
The Anti-Racist Book Box aged 9-12 can be found HERE, alongside details of their anti-racist boxes for younger readers. As well as being an excellent first for young readers, it would also be a perfect present for a teacher or school at the end of the year.
Thank you again to The Magic Storybox for sending me this box to review.