Topic Books about Africa and Safari Animals for children in Early Years and KS1

We're Going on a Lion Hunt 

by David Axtell

Through the long grass, the swamp and the lake, two girls decide to go and hunt a lion - they're not scared! We're Going on a Lion Hunt is an African retelling of the classic story. Full of magnificent animals, this fun and engaging rhythmical story is perfect for little adventurers!


The Selfish Crocodile

by Faustin Charles

Every morning a large and snappy crocodile shouts this selfish message: 'Stay away from my river! If you come in my river, I'll eat you all!' One day, the animals are woken by a groaning crocodile in a lot of pain. Can the smallest of them all, a little mouse, finds a way to solve their snappy dilemma?


Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Sunny the Meerkat lives with his family in the Kalahari desert. They are all very close that one day Sunny decides it's just too crowded and leaves for an adventure. There's so much to enjoy, from the newspaper cuttings, postcards and wittily accurate information about each mongoose species Sunny visits on his journey. 

The Lion Who Wanted to Love

by Giles Andreae

Leo isn't like other lion cubs. Instead of chasing zebras, he wants to make friends with them. But can a lion who's so different ever fit in with the rest of his pride? Learn how Leo's kindness brings happiness to the jungle in this colourful picture book story.


Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne

Handa decides to take seven pieces of fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Handa wonders which fruit to take, a series of sneaky animals steal a piece from Handa's basket. When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend?

The Big Ceremony

by Ozi Okaro 

In this lighthearted and fun book,  join six-year-old Cheta as she attends a wedding. Delighted to wear her own stunning dress, she can hardly contain her excitement as she witnesses the captivating festivities and rituals that are part her families’ African heritage.


Lila and the Secret of Rain 

by David Conway

For months the sun has shone down on Lila's Kenyan village. Without rain the well will run dry and the crops will fail. Lila is so worried that when her grandfather whispers to her the secret of rain, she decides to go and talk to the sky herself.