Best Children's Africa Books

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1. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

Author: by Linda Sue Park
English
128 pages
0547577311

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Cherished by millions of readers, this #1 New York Times best-selling novel is a powerful tale of perseverance and hope. Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park interweaves the stories of two Sudanese children who overcome mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others.

A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day.

The boy, Salva, becomes one of the lost boys of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

Includes an afterword by author Linda Sue Park and the real-life Salva Dut, on whom the novel is based, and who went on to found Water for South Sudan.


2. When Stars Are Scattered

Author: by Victoria Jamieson
Dial Books
English
264 pages

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A National Book Award Finalist, this remarkable graphic novel is about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a former Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl. Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya.

Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future …

But it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day. Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings.

It’s an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told to New York Times Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.


3. Home of the Brave

Author: by Katherine Applegate
0312535635
Square Fish
English

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Bestselling author Katherine Applegate presents Home of the Brave, a beautifully wrought middle grade novel about an immigrant’s journey from hardship to hope. Kek comes from Africa. In America he sees snow for the first time, and feels its sting.

He’s never walked on ice, and he falls. He wonders if the people in this new place will be like the winter cold and unkind. In Africa, Kek lived with his mother, father, and brother. But only he and his mother have survived, and now she’s missing.Kek is on his own.

Slowly, he makes friends: a girl who is in foster care; an old woman who owns a rundown farm, and a cow whose name means “family” in Kek’s native language. As Kek awaits word of his mother’s fate, he weathers the tough Minnesota winter by finding warmth in his new friendships, strength in his memories, and belief in his new country.

Home of the Brave is a 2008 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.


4. The Egypt Game

Author: by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
English
240 pages
1416990518

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The first time Melanie Ross meets April Hall, she’s not sure they have anything in common. But she soon discovers that they both love anything to do with ancient Egypt. When they stumble upon a deserted storage yard, Melanie and April decide it’s the perfect spot for the Egypt Game.

Before long there are six Egyptians, and they all meet to wear costumes, hold ceremonies, and work on their secret code. Everyone thinks it’s just a game until strange things start happening. Has the Egypt Game gone too far?


5. Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Author: by Laurie Ann Thompson
Schwartz & Wade
English
40 pages

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Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah’s inspiring true storywhich was turned into a film, Emmanuel’s Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfreyis nothing short of remarkable. Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most peoplebut not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams.

As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability.

Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled. Thompson’s lyrical prose and Qualls’s bold collage illustrations offer a powerful celebration of triumphing over adversity. Includes an author’s note with more information about Emmanuel’s charity.


6. The Lion King (Little Golden Book)

Author: by Disney
0736420959
Golden/Disney
English

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The exciting tale of Simba, a young cub who earns his place in the Circle of Life, is retold in the classic Little Golden Book format. Children ages 2-5 will roar with excitement as they read this retelling of Disney’s The Lion King.


7. Where Are the Great Pyramids? (Where Is?)

Author: by Dorothy Hoobler
Penguin Workshop
English
112 pages

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The Great Pyramids of Egypt-all kids over the age of five recognize them instantly. These massive tombs were built thousands of years ago, and still no one knows exactly how the ancient Egyptians did it! In this informative account, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler tell the story of the powerful pharaohs who commissioned the pyramids at Giza and offer a fascinating look at the culture of the afterlife in ancient Egypt, explaining exactly how mummies were made.

Easy to read and scrupulously researched, this explores the mysteries that have attracted countless visitors to the pyramids for centuries.


9. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition

Author: by William Kamkwamba
English
32 pages
0803735111

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When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone’s crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library … And figured out how to bring electricity to his village.

Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind. Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how – even in the worst of times – a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.

10. The Red Pencil

Author: by Andrea Davis Pinkney
English
368 pages
0316247820

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The powerful story of one girl’s triumphant journey, inspired by true tales of life in Sudan – now in paperback. Life in Amira’s peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when Janjaweed attackers arrive, unleashing unspeakable horrors. After losing nearly everything, Amira needs to find the strength to make the long journey on foot to safety at a refugee camp.

She begins to lose hope, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind – and all kinds of possibilities.

11. Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba (Our Ancestories)

Author: by Ekiuwa Aire
B096K2284S
Our Ancestories
June 2, 2021

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Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba is the true story of a girl who had a difficult birth but went on to become the Queen of two ancient African kingdoms. Revered for her wisdom, courage, and strength, Njinga became a dominant political figure in Angola in the 1600s.

This richly illustrated children’s book tells her story and the challenges she faced from the day she was born. Njinga must overcome the jealousy of her brother, the loss of her father, and the encroachment of the Portuguese at the dawn of a time of great trial for the African continent.

This is the story of hope and courage that shows every young girl is capable of greatness. The Story of an Actual Legendary QueenQueen Njinga is remembered for defying the odds and standing up for herself and her people. A Narrative That Empowers and MotivatesNjinga’s story is inspiring because she is an outstanding example of female governance in the history of Africa.

An Author with Passion for African HistoryBorn and raised in Nigeria, Ekiuwa Aire hopes that her books on African history will instill pride and acceptance in young minds about diverse cultures. Beautiful, Vibrant IllustrationsNatalia Popova studied at Moscow State University where her interest in visual arts and illustration was born.

12. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Reading Rainbow Books)

Author: by John Steptoe
Lothrop Lee & Shepard

English
32 pages

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A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe. Inspired by a traditional African folktale, this is the story of Mufaro, who is proud of his two beautiful daughters.

Nyasha is kind and considerate, but everyoneexcept Mufaroknows that Manyara is selfish and bad-tempered. When the Great King decides to take a wife and invites the most worthy and beautiful daughters in the land to appear before him, Mufaro brings both of his daughtersbut only one can be queen.

Who will the king choose? Award-winning artist John Steptoe’s rich cultural imagery of Africa earned him the Coretta Scott King Award for Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. The book also went on to win the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. This stunning story is a timeless treasure that readers will enjoy for generations.

Coretta Scott King Award for IllustrationCaledcott HonorReading Rainbow BookBoston Globe-Horn Book

13. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition

Author: by William Kamkwamba
Dial Books
English
304 pages

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Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village. When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba’s tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season’s crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell.

William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family’s life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William’s windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.

Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy’s brilliant idea can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William’s story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.

14. We're Going on a Lion Hunt

Author: by David Axtell
B016VJAZUI
Square Fish
December 1, 2015

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This charming version of a well-known chant takes place on the African savannaIn this beautifully illustrated rendition of a well-known children’s chant, two sisters are looking not for a bear but for a liona lion that lives on the African savanna, where the girls go through swishy-swashy long grass, a splishy-splashy lake, and a Big Dark Cave.

When they finally meet their lion, they have to run, run, run through it all again to get back home. Young readers will enjoy the playful language and beautiful paintings that reset a familiar story in a far-off part of the world.

15. Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

Author: by Gerald McDermott
Henry Holt and Company
English
48 pages

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Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes. In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey.

Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his sons should Anansi reward? Calling upon Nyame, the God of All Things, Anansi solves his predicament in a touching and highly resourceful fashion.

In adapting this popular folktale, Gerald McDermott merges the old with the new, combining bold, rich color with traditional African design motifs and authentic Ashanti language rhythms. Anansi the Spider is a 1973 Caldecott Honor Book.