Tuesday, July 26, 2022

9+ great Africa picture books

Amazing Animals series... There are tons of books in this series but our African favorites are Cheetahs // Elephants // Giraffes // Gorillas // Lions // Zebras 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Malawi) ... I love William Kamkwamba's powerful story of inventiveness and perseverance. I like the middle grade version even more! 

Elizabeti's Doll (Tanzania)... This was a sweet look at the fact that we're all different and allthe same. Elizabeti is sweet and nurturing to her beloved doll... Which happens to be a rock! 

Honey Honey Lion. (African savannah) ... We have never met a Jan Brett book we didn't love so this is a fun one! Lessons on friendship and honesty told through African animals. 

I Just Want to Say Goodnight (African Plains)... This fun book, about a little girl who procrastinates going to bed by saying goodnight to all-the-things, really delights my little girls. 

Mama Panya's Pancakes (Kenya)... This is a fun story about Mama Panya's plans to make pancakes for two turning into quite the pancake party. 

A Passion for Elephants (Kenya) ... This one is a bit different from the others on the list in that it's actually a biography of Cynthia Ross. We read it because elephants are my favorite animal and we've come back to it many times. 

Wangari's Trees of Peace (Kenya)... When Wangari returned home to Kenya she was shocked to see how vastly different it looked due to deforestation. She encouraged many women to replant the trees and changed their lives. 

We All Went on Safari (Tanzania)... This simple counting book is full of rich African culture and wildlife for even little ones. 


  1. Oh, Sarah, I love books about Africa! A cycle of stories about mma Ramotswe, books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and many others - I read them with such pleasure! And recently I bought myself a collection of African poetry. How much pain in these verses! I also have a collection of African fairy tales, they are very peculiar, but my son and I read them with curiosity. I even bought myself African Rooibos tea, it is very, very healthy! Thank you for your recommendations!๐Ÿ’๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฏ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

    1. I have tried African rooibos tea too! I liked it.

      Another adult/teen book I love is Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis. Have you read this one?

    2. No, I didn't read it. But now I will definitely try to find and read.๐Ÿ™‚


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