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.


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.


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.


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.