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February 8, 2021

A booklist inspired by every African country

Cecilia Herrera currently serves as an AmeriCorps senior distance tutoring coordinator for Reading Partners Seattle. While attending a full-day training on race, diversity, equity, and inclusion, Cecilia became particularly inspired by one of the speakers, Anita Koyier-Mwamba, who encouraged her and other educators to teach students from the highest heights of students’ culture and not their deepest despairs.

Emboldened by the speaker and a year of learning about the race equity, diversity, and inclusion work at Reading Partners, Cecilia felt compelled to take action. She took the initiative to expand her knowledge about the world and embarked on the Africa Research Project with fellow distance tutoring coordinator, Maiya Mosteller, and Reading Partners intern, Sarah Miller.

The group’s final Africa Research Project culminated in a 500+ slide deck outlining each African country and facts about the region. They also chose a book for each country that is either set in that country, about that country, or written by an author who is from that country.

Cecilia, Maiya, and Sarah walked away from the project with a renewed sense of curiosity about the world and cultures around them, and realizing that there was so much they would have never known about the diverse and beautiful continent and its inhabitants had they not taken the time to learn.

Featured below is the complete booklist from the Africa Research Project, alphabetized by country.

54 books representing 54 African countries

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ALGERIA

Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade ​by Assia Djebar

My Father’s Shop ​by Satomi Ichikawa

ANGOLA

Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 ​by Patricia McKissack

BENIN

The Adventures of Obi and Titi: The Great Walls of Benin ​by O.T. Begho

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BOTSWANA

Ostrich and Lark ​by Marilyn Nelson

BURKINA FASO

The Water Princess ​by Susan Verde

BURUNDI

Bisha of Burundi b​y Mary Louise Clifford

CABO VERDEafrica research project

Seaside Dream ​by Janet Costa Bates

CAMEROON

Snow Flower and the Panther ​by Fleurie Leclerco

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Stories from the Central African Republic ​by Philomene Koya

CHAD

Calabash Cat and His Amazing Journey ​by James Rumford

COMOROSafrica research project

Country Jumper in Comoros ​by Claudia Dobson-Largie

CÔTE D’IVOIRE

Akissi: Tales of Mischief b​y Marguerite Abouet

THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Traveling to Tondo: A Tale of the Nkundo of Zaire ​by Verna Aardema

DJIBOUTI

Country Jumper in Djibouti ​by Claudia Dobson Largie

EGYPTafrica research project

What’s the Matter, Habibi? ​By Betsy Lewin

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Moon Over Bioko: Sea Turtles of Bioko Island b​y Hedid Rader

ERITREA

Trouble ​by Jane Kurtz

ESWATINI

All the King’s Animals: Return of Endangered Wildlife to Swaziland ​by Cristina Kessler

ETHIOPIAafrica research project

The Perfect Orange: A Tale from Ethiopia ​by Frank P. Araujo

GABON

Young Artists of the World: Gabon ​by Jacquilline Touba

THE GAMBIA

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia ​by Miranda Paul

GHANA

The Ghanaian Goldilocks b​y Dr. Tamara Pizzoli

GUINEAafrica research project

The Three Little Birds ​by Saran Kaba

GUINEA-BISSAU

Welcome to Guinea-Bissau: Kids Travel Journal

KENYA

Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya ​by Mary and Rich Chamberlin

LESOTHO

One Round Moon and a Star for Me b​y Ingrid Mennen

LIBERIAafrica research project

Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia b​y Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert

LIBYA

The Shadows of Ghadames b​y Joelle Stolz

MADAGASCAR

Under the Baobab Tree by Julie Stiegemeyer

MALAWI

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

MALIafrica research project

I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakité

MAURITANIA

The Children of Mauritania: Days in the Desert and by the River Shore (The World’s Children) ​by Lauren Goodsmith

MAURITIUS

In Dodoland by Alexandra Schaub and Pascale Siew

MOROCCO

Naseem’s Journey by Anjuli Farmay

MOZAMBIQUEafrica research project

Freeda the Cheetah by JTK Belle

NAMIBIA

The 3 Little Dassies ​by Jan Brett

NIGER

Niger: Enchantment of the World ​by Barbara A. Somervill

NIGERIA

Chicken in the Kitchen ​by Nnedi Okorafor

REPUBLIC OF THE CONGOafrica research project

Monkey Sunday: A Story from a Congolese Village ​by Sanna Stanley

RWANDA

Banna and Bree: Blown to Rwanda ​by Karen Cross

SÃO TOMÉ AND PRĺNCIPE

A Cage Without Bars ​by Anne Dublin

SENEGAL

Sofie and the City by Karima Grant

SEYCHELLESafrica research project

Save Mango! by Agnes Karlsson and Gilla Holmberg

SIERRA LEONE

The Bite of the Mango ​by Mariatu Kamara

SOMALIA

The Lion’s Share by Said Salah Ahmed

When I Get Older: The Story Behind “Wavin’ Flag”​ by K’Naan

SOUTH AFRICA

Somewhere in Africa by Ingrid Mennen and Niki Daly

SOUTH SUDANafrica research project

Just Add Water by Robin Hill and Charles O Hall

SUDAN

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan ​by Mary Williams

TANZANIA

My Rows and Piles of Coins ​by Tololwa M. Mollel

TOGO

The Cow-Tail Switch and other West African Stories ​by Harold Courlander and George Herzog

TUNISIAafrica research project

Arafat: A Child of Tunisia ​by Alain Gioanni

UGANDA

A Good Trade by Alma Fullerton

ZAMBIA

Beautiful Blackbird ​by Ashley Bryan

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ZIMBABWE

Kuenda Kumusha b​y Sydney Zifodya

 

 

Thank you to Cecilia Herrera, Maiya Mosteller, and Sarah Miller for their incredible work on the Africa Research Project. 

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