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The (incomplete) Lit in Colour book list

We have created The (incomplete) Lit in Colour book list in response to one of the key findings in the research commissioned with our partner The Runnymede Trust, which found that teachers often struggle finding books by writers of colour.

The lists for primary and secondary school each have over 100 titles of Penguin books as well as some from our fellow publishers to try and make the work of writers of colour more visible. We’re calling our book list incomplete, because we know it will never manage to be exhaustive or definitive, and we plan to update it annually bringing even more new and classic titles to the list.

Download The (incomplete) Lit in Colour book lists

Covers of Little Badman, Funky Chickens, Kiki's Delivery Service and Tall Story

Lit in Colour book lists

Primary book list

Reading lists for years 3 to 6.

Covers of Exit West, Who Are We, Girl Woman Other and How to Change It, on a yellow background

Lit in Colour book lists

Secondary book list

Reading lists for years 7 to 13.


Explore by year group

The lists are designed primarily to support school teachers who want to bring exciting texts into their classrooms, but also offer support to their pupils with great book ideas and suggestions for independent reading. We have listed suitable titles offered by year group, and have done our best to have a variety of books to support different reading abilities. By drawing together a range of books on different genres and subject matters, we hope to show some of the scope of what is currently available.

Primary School reading lists

Secondary School reading lists

Sixth form reading list

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