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Picture Books Around the World - AFRICA SOUTH OF THE SAHARA     View List as Printable PDF

Benin

It takes a village

It takes a village
by Cowen-Fletcher, Jane
JEASY
Benin. On market day in a small village in Benin, Yemi tries to watch her little brother Kokou and finds that the entire village is watching out for him too.

 

Botswana

Bashi, elephant baby

Bashi, elephant baby
by Radcliffe, Theresa
JEASY
Bashi, a newborn elephant, becomes the target of a trio of lionesses when he becomes stuck in the mud at the watering hole, but his mother and other members of the herd move in quickly to keep him safe.

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rickie and Henri : a true story

Rickie and Henri : a true story
by Goodall, Jane
JEASY
When her human guardian goes on a business trip, Ricki, an orphaned chimpanzee infant, adopts Henri, a shaggy dog, as her "mother."

 

Ethiopia

Faraway home

Faraway home
by Kurtz, Jane
JEASY
Desta's father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him to grow up there.

 

Ghana

One hen : how one small loan made a big difference

One hen : how one small loan made a big difference
by Milway, Katie Smith
JEASY
Based on a true story, tells of how a poor Ghanaian boy buys a chicken through a community loan program, which eventually helps lift him, his mother, and his community out of poverty.

Sosu's call

Sosu's call
by Asare, Meshack
J PIC+
When a great storm threatens, Sosu, an African boy who is unable to walk, joins his dog Fusa in helping save their village.

 

Kenya

For you are a Kenyan child

For you are a Kenyan child
by Cunnane, Kelly
JEASY
From rooster crow to bedtime, a Kenyan boy plays and visits neighbors all through his village, even though he is supposed to be watching his grandfather's cows.

Lila and the Secret of Rain

Lila and the Secret of Rain
by Conway, David
JEASY
Lila, concerned about the effects of the unrelenting sun on her village, tries to coax some rain out of the sky by telling it sad stories.

Planting the trees of Kenya : the story of Wangari Maathai

Planting the trees of Kenya : the story of Wangari Maathai
by Nivola, Claire A.
J 333.7209 NIV
Relates the story of Wangari Maathai, a native Kenyan who taught the people living in the highlands how to plant trees and care for the land.

 

Malawi

Galimoto

Galimoto
by Williams, Karen Lynn.
JEASY
Walking through his village, a young African boy finds the materials to make a special toy.

 

Mali

My baby

My baby
by Winter, Jeanette
JEASY
As she waits for her baby to be born, a young African woman describes some of the sights and sounds of her Mali homeland as she creates a beautiful bogolan cloth for her child.

 

Mozambique

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Nigeria

Catch that goat!

Catch that goat!
by Alakija, Polly
JEASY
Ayoka is put in charge of the family goat, who promptly vanishes and runs through the town's market stalls taking whatever looks tasty.

 

Somalia

The color of home

The color of home
by Hoffman, Mary
JEASY
Hassan, newly-arrived in the United States and feeling homesick, paints a picture at school that shows his old home in Somalia as well as the reason his family had to leave.

 

South Africa

A South African night

A South African night
by Isadora, Rachel
JEASY
The inhabitants of South Africa divide their activities by day and night, as the animals in Kruger National Park go about their business while the people of Johannesburg sleep and then lie down in the shade as the people wake up.

Elsina's clouds

Elsina's clouds
by Winter, Jeanette
JEASY
In South Africa, a Basotho girl paints designs on her house as a prayer to the ancestors for rain.

Hey, frog!

Hey, frog!
by Grobler, Piet
JEASY
On a very hot day, the animals are roaring mad when a frog drinks up all of the water on the savannah, but each animal has an idea of how to get the water back.

Once upon a time

Once upon a time
by Daly, Niki
JEASY
Sarie struggles when she reads aloud in class in her South African school, but then she and her friend Auntie Anna find a book about Cinderella in Auntie Anna's old car and begin to read together.

What's cooking, Jamela?

What's cooking, Jamela?
by Daly, Niki
JEASY
Jamela is responsible for fattening up the chicken intended for Christmas dinner, but instead she gives it a name and makes it her friend.

 

Sudan

My great-grandmother's gourd

My great-grandmother's gourd
by Kessler, Cristina
JEASY
Residents of a Sudanese village rejoice when a traditional water storage method is replaced by modern technology, but Fatima's grandmother knows there is no substitute for the reliability of the baobab tree.

 

Tanzania

Elizabeti's School

Elizabeti's School
by Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie
JEASY
Although she enjoys her first day at school, Elizabeti misses her family and wonders if it wouldn't be better to stay home.

My rows and piles of coins

My rows and piles of coins
by Mollel, Tololwa M.
JEASY
A Tanzanian boy saves his coins to buy a bicycle so that he can help his parents carry goods to market, but then he discovers that in spite of all he has saved, he still does not have enough money.

 

Uganda

Beatrice's goat

Beatrice's goat
by McBrier, Page
JEASY
A young girl's dream of attending school in her small Ugandan village is fulfilled after her family is given an income-producing goat. Based on a true story about the work of Project Heifer.

 

Zimbabwe

Gugu's house

Gugu's house
by Stock, Catherine
JEASY
Kukamba loves helping her grandmother decorate her mud home in a dusty Zimbabwe village, but when the annual rains partially destroy all her art work, Kukamba learns to see the goodness of the rains.

 

Africa--Regional

Bintou's braids

Bintou's braids
by Diouf, Sylviane A.
JEASY
When Bintou, a little girl living in West Africa, finally gets her wish for braids, she discovers that what she dreamed for has been hers all along.

Imani's music

Imani's music
by Williams, Sheron
JEASY
Imani, an African grasshopper, brings music to the new world when he travels aboard a slave ship.

Jamari's drum

Jamari's drum
by Bynum, Eboni
JEASY
Little Jamari loves the sound of the great village drum and often sits at drummer Baba's feet. "Why do you play every day?" he asks. "The drum is the keeper of peace in the village," Baba replies.

Shining

Shining
by Lester, Julius
J PIC+
A young girl who has not uttered a sound since birth is shunned by the people in her village, until they realize how special she is.

The village that vanished

The village that vanished
by Grifalconi, Ann
J PIC+
In southeastern Africa, a young Yao girl and her mother find a way for their fellow villagers to escape approaching slave traders.