AROUND THE WORLD: AFRICA BOOKS

Topic Books about Africa for Children KS1 & KS2

The Princess and the Pea 

by Rachel Isadora

When a prince sets out to find a princess, he soon discovers it is not so simple. There is no shortage of princesses, but how can he tell whether they are what they claim to be? Then one night, there comes a knock on the palace gate - and the prince's life is never the same again.

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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

When a terrible drought hits the beautiful Kapiti Plain and the animals leave, young herd boy Ki-pat must find a way to end the drought and save the wildlife on the plain. A delightful rhyming story full of bright and vivid illustrations.

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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 Akeyo will like best, 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?

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.

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Mama Panya's Pancakes 

by Richard Chamberlin

Mama Panya is alarmed when her son Adika invites all of their friends to come over for pancakes. However will she feed them all? This clever and heart-warming story about village life teaches children the benefits of sharing as well as introducing simple Swahili phrases.

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All Aboard For The Bobo Road

by Steven Davies

All aboard! Help count on bikes, sacks of rice and even chickens as the bus travels all the way to the city of Bobo. With the authentic setting in Burkina Faso drawn from the author's own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to an amazing culture.

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African Tales 

by Gcina Mhlophe

This anthology includes eight traditional tales from all over Africa. Sumptuous hand-sewn collage artwork decorated with African beads adorns these unforgettable tales of bravery, wisdom, wit and heroic deeds.

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One Plastic Bag

by Miranda Paul

The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community. An excellent resource for discussing environmental issues, the power of one individual, or life in Africa.

One Day on Our Blue Planet: In The Savannah by Ella Bailey

A new series of children's books focused on the way our young animal friends spend a day begins with a curious lion cub. This little lion can't help chasing trouble and fun as he explores the little corner of that big blue planet he shares with us.

African Savannah

by Simon Chapman

Simon is documenting his journey as he travels through Africa, and there's one animal that he particularly wants to see more than any other: a black rhino. Taken from Simon's real-life diaries, is written in a narrative non-fiction style and illustrated by Simon's own field sketches and expedition photos. 

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We All Went on Safari

by Laurie Krebs

Join Arusha, Mosi and Tumpe as they set out on a counting journey through the grasslands of Tanzania. The lively, rhyming text is accompanied by an illustrated guide to counting in Swahili, a map, notes about each of the animals they see, and interesting facts about Tanzania and the Maasai people.

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Sunny the Meerkat lives with his family in the Kalahari desert. They are all very close...so 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. 

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The Elephant

by Jenni Desmond

Join a young boy as he learns about elephants. From Africa to Asia, the elephant makes its home. Did you know that despite their great weight, these magnificent creatures appear light and graceful because they’re always walking on their tip-toes? 

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The Leopard's Drum

by Jessica Souhami 

Osebo the Leopard has a magnificent drum. All the animals want it, but he won't let anyone else have a go, not even Nyame the Sky-God. So, when Nyame offers a big reward to the animal that brings him the drum all of them try. Can a very small tortoise succeed in outwitting the boastful leopard? 

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Where Zebras Go

by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Where Zebras Go will lead you leads you on a magical, poetic journey across the savannah, into fairytale realms, back into the playground and through the seasons, introducing a whole host of animals along the way. An exciting introduction to Poetry.

The Fastest Boy in the World

by Elizabeth Laird

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird is the inspiring story of a small Ethiopian runner with a very big heart. 

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Africa is Not a Country

by Mark Melnicove 

Enter into the daily life of children in the many countries of modern Africa. Countering stereotypes, Africa Is Not a Country celebrates the extraordinary diversity of this vibrant continent as experienced by children at home, at school, at work, and at play.

Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke

The book divides Africa into five sections: South, East, West, Central and North, each with its own introduction. This is followed by a page per country, containing a delightful mix of friendly, informative text and colourful illustrations. 

Grandad Mandela

by Ambassador Zindzi Mandela 

Nelson Mandela’s two great-grandchildren ask their grandmother, Mandela’s youngest daughter, 15 questions about their grandad.  Seen through a child’s perspective, this amazing story is told as never before to celebrate what would have been Nelson's Mandela 100th birthday.

Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom by Chris Van Wyk 

The amazing story of a true hero of our times; his famous biography has been specially adapted for children in a beautiful illustrated picture book format. Discover how a little boy grew up to become South Africa's first black president and campaign for freedom and justice throughout the world.

The White Giraffe

by Lauren St John

The first of Lauren St John's heartwarming White Giraffe series, featuring the adventures of a young orphan girl and a magical white giraffe in exotic Africa. 

Journey to Jo'Burg

by Beverley Naidoo

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. A thought-provoking, captivating story for children aged 7+.

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