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Black History Month UK: Black Owned Kids Businesses

Since 1987, the UK has celebrated Black History Month every October. And whilst it’s so important for schools and other institutions to have this as a focus every autumn, learning about the subject of Black history and the many ways in which Black people have shaped life in this country should be reflected upon year-round. Check out our Founder’s note on talking about racism with your kids here for more thoughts.

In Banjo’s series of Black History Month blogs, we started off with our suggestions for great kids’ books to read with the little ones and then we spoke about moments in history to talk to your little one about. You can find these blogs here. Next in Banjo’s series of Black History Month blogs, we’ve rounded up our top five black-owned businesses making products that your little ones will love. Check them out below:

Muffin Sisters: Run by sisters Kady and Lafia, this brand is bringing you gorgeous toys and clothing for babies and children made with African wax print. We love their snuggly elephant toys and nifty adjustable bed organisers.

Lela & Mosi This East London brand is bringing diversity into kids’ school supplies with beautifully illustrated clothes, bags and cards. Our favourite products are the awesome lunch bags

Thimble & Doll If you’re after a lovely handmade doll, look no further than this great brand. The diverse selection of bespoke dolls are made to order – and they do customisable bunting too! 

Sheni and Teni is all about creating games and other products which celebrate different African cultures. Your kids will love these illustrated playing cards

New Beacon Books, Founded in 1966 in Stroud Green, Londo,n and now also selling online, this bookshop which specialises in Caribbean and African literature has a brilliant selection of titles for children of all ages (and for the grown-ups too). Have a browse of their fantastic picture book selection here

Happy shopping!


Lots of love, Banjo HQ x

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