For anyone who is interested in children’s picture books highlighting African children and African cultures, here are three of our favorites which might be available at a local library. Our elementary school-aged kids particularly like these books, all of which are based on true stories, and all of which have fantastic illustrations.
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference - by Katie Smith Milway – a fun look at micro loan enterprises through the story of a young boy in Ghana who gets a chicken and an idea.
I Lost my Tooth in Africa – by Penda Diakité - the experiences of a girl visiting Mali, West Africa, with themes of losing a tooth, raising a chicken, experiencing a different culture, and traveling to and from Africa.
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind – by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer - a true story of a boy from Malawi whose ambitious ingenuity helps him overcome obstacles.