Top five book picks this World Book Day from our friends at Mirror Me Write

It is World Book Day – which is always a date we love to celebrate in the Media Cubs newsroom! 

Our friends at Mirror Me Write have once again shared with us, their top five books from the past year – and we want them all!
Ayesha Choudhury founded the Manchester-based indie bookshop, to bring relatable, diverse, and inclusive literature for children and young adults into homes and schools across the UK – driving social change through beautiful stories that are longing to be heard.
Ayesha said: “As an educator myself, I have been able to work directly with schools and teachers to effect change in their curriculum, through recommendations and sourcing book titles.
“It is important to us that all children, particularly from marginalised communities, should see themselves in stories.
“This will allow them to feel valued in the way that they deserve. We are passionate about driving this inclusivity from our base in the North.
“For us, ‘Representation is not a privilege, it’s a right’ and we are glad to be part of this movement.”
We could not agree more Ayesha!
Here are Mirror Me Write’s top five recommendations for you to enjoy:

 1. Children of the Quicksands

Winner of the 2019 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition, Children of the Quicksands is a richly imagined magical realist adventure set in West Africa by a new voice in children’s writing, Efua Traoré.

  1. Rumaysa by Radiya Hafiza

By Radiya Hafiza. Step into a Once Upon a Time where anything is possible . . . Radiya Hafiza’s enchanting and funny debut weaves together three stories, spinning the classic fairytale to show that anyone can be a hero. 

  1. Torn Apart

It’s October 1947 and two young boys find themselves thrown together during the dramatic changes of Partition. As the new India and Pakistan are born, can the friendship between these two children rise above the tensions between the two countries?

  1. Like A Charm by Elle McNicoll

Like a Charm is a beautifully written, compelling magical fantasy with McNicoll’s trademark compassion and celebration of difference. McNicoll’s debut novel, A Kind of Spark, won the Blue Peter Book Award and the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and is currently being adapted for TV.

  1. Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Based on Yang’s own childhood experiences, Front Desk is an irresistibly charming novel from the author of Parachutes that spotlights issues key to the immigrant experience through the engaging story of Mia and her motel-based family.It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, and go for her dreams?

If you like the look of these books  and/or you are an educator that wants to make books in schools more diverse – contact Ayesha and browse the shelves here: