Best Children's African History Fiction Books

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

Author: by Linda Sue Park
128 pages

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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. Heart of Darkness

Author: by Joseph Conrad
106 pages

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A new edition of Heart of Darkness, the 1899 masterpiece by Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad about a voyage up the Congo River into the Heart of Africa. The story is narrated by Charles Marlow, recalling his obsessive quest to locate the ivory trader Kurtz, who has become ensconced deep in the jungle managing a remote outpost.

As he ventures further and further down the Congo, Marlow finds himself and his surroundings become increasingly untethered. Heart of Darkness has been widely re-published and translated into many languages. It provided the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness 67th on their list of the 100 best novels in English of the twentieth century. Literary critic Harold Bloom wrote that Heart of Darkness had been analysed more than any other work of literature that is studied in universities and colleges, which he attributed to Conrad’s unique propensity for ambiguity.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a Polish-British writer, regarded by many as one of the finest English-language novelists of the 20th century. An early modernist, his narrative style, anti-heroic characters, and focus on the psychological lives of his protagonists were extremely influential on other authors.

3. The Secret Explorers and the Tomb Robbers

Author: by SJ King
DK Children
128 pages

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Join The Secret Explorers as they go up against pyramid thieves in the third installment of this action-packed, fact-filled chapter book series for kids ages 79. Take your little archaeologist on an educational adventure to ancient Egypt in this action-packed third instalment of DK Books’ new fiction series for children.

Meet the Secret Explorers – a band of brainiac kids from all around the world. Everyone in this diverse group of young experts has a speciality, from outer space to dinosaurs, and each story follows a character who gets chosen for a secret exploration.

In this children’s educational book, we follow history expert Gustavo on a thrilling journey to the west bank of the River Nile, also known as the land of the dead. Joined by engineering expert Kiki, they set out on a mission to stop the Cairo Museum from closing down.

Along the way, they find themselves in tense situations that will have kids on the edge of their seats! They break into pyramids, go up against tomb robbers and stop them from stealing all the ancient treasures in The Great Pyramid of Giza built for Pharaoh Khufu.

4. The Red Pencil

Author: by Andrea Davis Pinkney
368 pages

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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.

5. Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba (Our Ancestories)

Author: by Ekiuwa Aire
Our Ancestories
June 2, 2021

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Once upon a time, in a jungle deep in the heart of Africa, along the tributaries of the Zambezi River, there lived four woodchuck friends: Woody, Chucky, Cheezy, and Pastrami. Even at their young age, they somehow knew that their special bond would last a lifetime.

It was a magical time, and a magical village. A Moral Tail: The Life and Times of Woodchuck Village chronicles the lives of four woodchucks as they journey through the years and each discover their true calling. This book is written by Robert Paul Schilit and published posthumously by his daughters.

7. Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time

Author: by Linda Sue Park
Clarion Books
32 pages

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In this picture book companion to the bestseller A Long Walk to Water, a young South Sudanese girl goes on a journey that requires determination, persistence, and compassion. Young Nya takes little sister Akeer along on the two-hour walk to fetch water for the family.

But Akeer becomes too ill to walk, and Nya faces the impossible: her sister and the full water vessel together are too heavy to carry. As she struggles, she discovers that if she manages to take one step, then another, she can reach home and Mama’s care.

Bold, impressionistic paintings by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Brian Pinkney evoke the dry, barren landscape and the tenderness between the two sisters. An afterword discusses the process of providing clean water in South Sudan to reduce waterborne illness.

8. Idia of the Benin Kingdom (Our Ancestories)

Author: by Ekiuwa Aire
39 pages

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“She became a queen, a warrior, the first woman to fight for the kingdom, and the first Iyoba (Queen Mother) of Benin.”What do you know about African History? African history spans thousands of years, has been molded by many intelligent artists, scientists, and thinkers, and is bound to fascinate you.

Explore the history of Africa in a way that will be more memorable and enjoyable than what you get from traditional textbooks. Idia of the Benin Kingdom is an empowering children’s picture book (loved by kids ages 4-12) that takes readers on a beautifully illustrated journey to the 1500s in ancient Africa.

Readers are captivated as they watch Idia transform herself from the young and curious daughter of a village warrior to becoming the Queen of the Kingdom of Benin. Idia was an actual queen who helped rule the ancient kingdom of Benin with her wisdom, charisma, and prowess.

Much has been written about her bravery, and artifacts in her image are treasured in museums all over the world. This book imagines what her childhood may have been like, and shares the story of this well-loved and successful African queen in a way that is relatable to young readers.

9. Listening for Lions

Author: by Gloria Whelan
208 pages

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A critically acclaimed historical novel that roars (Kliatt), from the author of the National Book Award-winning novel Homeless Bird. Africa is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known. But when her missionary parents are struck with influenza, she is left vulnerable to her family’s malicious neighbors.

Surrounded by greed and lies, Rachel is entangled in a criminal scheme and sent to England, where she’s forced into a life of deception. Like the lion, she must be patient and strong, awaiting the moment when she can take control of her own fateand find her way home again at last.

Named one of New York Public Library’s One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing, this tale of a strong young heroine in the tradition of Frances Hodgson Burnett (School Library Journal), by award-winning master of historical fiction Gloria Whelan, is a perfect read for schools and classrooms, as well as for fans of A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.

10. The 5,000-Year-Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt

Author: by Claudia Logan
48 pages

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Search for the secrets of a hidden tombIt is 1924, two years after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Readers are invited to join a young boy, Will Hunt, as he and his family become part of an archaeological team led by world-famous Egyptologist Dr. George Reisner.

Based on actual records of Reisner’s history-making dig, Giza 7000X, this strikingly original picture book uses journal entries, funny postcards, and quirky cartoons to pull readers into an ancient unsolved mystery. Luminous paintings of the pyramids, informative sidebars and inventive collages, including authentic documents and archival photographs, help provide information and clues.

When a secret tomb is uncovered, readers, along with Will, put together clues to discover: Whose tomb is this?Why was it hidden? And how can a mummy be missing from a sealed tomb? This illuminating book invites readers to participate in the process of archaeology as it provides a rare glimpse into the true stories that exist behind the objects in museums.

11. A Place in the Sun

Author: by Jill Rubalcaba
April 14, 1997

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When Senmut, a young stone sculptor, is exiled for life to the gold mines of Nubia, he must count on all his skills in order to survive. A novel of bristling intrigue, set against the dramatic historical backdrop of 13th century b.C.Egypt.

12. Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 B.C. (The Royal Diaries)

Author: by Kristiana Gregory
Scholastic Inc.

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Written in a diary-style format, this work presents the experiences and feelings of the young queen-to-be while providing informative facts about her homelife, family and royal enviroment. 90,000 first printing.

13. The Eye of Ra

Author: by Ben Gartner
279 pages

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Gold Recipient, Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Silver Medal in Children’s Adventure, 2020 International Readers’ Favorite Awards Award-winning Finalist, Next Generation Book Awards 1st Place in both Children’s Adventure AND Grades 4th-6th, 2020 TopShelf Awards Grand Prize Winner, Colorado Author Project 1st Place, Gertrude Warner Middle Grade Fiction AwardExploring a mysterious cave in the mountains behind their house, John and his sister Sarah are shocked to discover they’ve time traveled to ancient Egypt!

Now they must work together to find a way back home from an ancient civilization of golden desert sand and a towering new pyramid, without parents to save them. The adventures aboundcobras, scorpions, a tomb robber, and more! The two kids have to trust each other, make friends who can help, and survive the challenges thrown at them …

Or be stuck in ancient Egypt forever. For readers graduating from the Magic Tree House series and ready for intense action, dive into this middle grade novel rich with meticulous historical detail. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYINGI LOVE this! A fun adventure story …Exciting …Hilarious …

14. Sundiata: Lion King of Mali

Author: by David Wisniewski
32 pages

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In the thirteenth century, Sundiata overcame physical handicaps, social disgrace, and strong opposition to rule the West African trading empire of Mali.

15. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books)

Author: by Ashley Bryan
56 pages

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Newbery Honor Book Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a person with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair.Less than an ox.Less than a dress. Maybe about the same asa lantern. This gentle yet deeply powerful way goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that can’t be bought or sold: dreams.

Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his workers, the author has created collages around that document, and others like it. Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry, he imagines and interprets each person’s life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing abouttheir dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an overseer or madam ever would guess.

16. Mystery of the Egyptian Amulet: Adventure Books For Kids Age 9-12 (Kid Detective Zet)

Author: by Scott Peters
144 pages

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You, who have dug deep and sifted hard for a story to read, have unearthed an ancient treasure: a mystery from the dusty ages, when a kid could be a hero and fight for the good of all … From the creator of over 300 museum and science center exhibits worldwide comes an exciting adventure for kids age 8-12.

12-year-old Zet is on the trail of his latest mystery: valuable scarab amulets are disappearing all over ancient Egypt’s city of Thebes. No one can figure out where they’ve gone. To make matters worse, Zet’s best friend is trapped in a secretive jewelry apprentice school and visitors aren’t allowed!

Armed with curiosity-and a brainy sister who can read and write hieroglyphics-Zet sets out in search of clues. Only by uncovering the criminals nefarious plan can they hope to save their friend. Along the way, the siblings hunt through a world of ancient Egyptian gods and amulets in a land rich with ancient mythology.

But when their backs are against the wall, Zet and Kat rely on the one thing they know best: each other. Because when you’re family, you stick together. The Zet Mysteries are stand-alone adventures set in the golden age of ancient Egypt, a place of pyramids and tombs, mummies and the Sphinx, Cleopatra, King Tut, and a pantheon of fascinating gods.