We’ve heard of people asking why it is important to read African history books, since we’re a few weeks away from Black history month here’s why? Precolonial African history is not well shown in the media, even present-day culture and vast lands of Africa hasn’t been well shown in the media. Africa has a long history of over 180 kingdoms which has been reduced to 54 countries, over 10,000 languages that have been reduced to commonly spoken 5. We had so many stories, so many significant people the world hasn’t heard of and they need to hear of them. This is why it is important that we tell their stories, our stories, our history of the adventurous life before colonization.
“Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country” by Atinuke
Atinuke’s first non-fiction title is a major publishing event: a celebration of all 55 countries on the African continent!
Her beautifully-written text captures Africa’s unique mix of the modern and the traditional, as she explores its geography, its peoples, its animals, its history, its resources, and its cultural diversity.
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 colorful illustrations.
The richest king, the tallest sand dunes, and the biggest waterfall on the planet are all here, alongside drummers, cocoa growers, inventors, balancing stones, salt lakes, high-tech cities, and nomads who use GPS!
This is non-fiction at its most exciting, exhilarating, and energetic, illustrated with passion and commitment by great new talent, Mouni Feddag.
Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A
You’re invited to meet ancient Egyptian rulers, brilliant scientists, legendary musicians, and civil rights activists―all in the same book! Black Heroes introduces you to 51 black leaders and role models from both history and modern times. This black history book for kids features inspirational biographies of trailblazers from the United States, Egypt, Britain, and more.
Discover where in the world they lived, and what their lives were like growing up.
Learn about the obstacles they faced on the way to making ground-breaking accomplishments. You’ll find out how these inspirational figures created lasting change―and paved the way for future generations.
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something—and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans . . .
This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.
The Water Princess by Susan Verde
With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.
Inspired by the childhood of African–born model Georgie Badiel, acclaimed author Susan Verde and award-winning author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds have come together to tell this moving story. As a child in Burkina Faso, Georgie and the other girls in her village had to walk for miles each day to collect water. This vibrant, engaging picture book sheds light on this struggle that continues all over the world today, instilling hope for a future when all children will have access to clean drinking water.
Idia of the Benin Kingdom by Ekuiwa Aire
Idia of the Benin Kingdom takes readers on a beautifully illustrated journey to the 1500s in ancient Africa. Readers are captivated as they watch Idia transform herself from the young and curious daughter of a village warrior to becoming the Queen of the Kingdom of Benin.
This book teaches about perseverance, hard work, devotion, kindness, generosity, and love, it speaks to how we can be inspired to strive for our goals as long as we believe in them. Idia of the Benin Kingdom is a precious storybook that empowers a young girl to create a vision of who she wants to be as she creates limitless possibilities for her future.
This book is a rare jewel among children’s illustrated storybooks. Each page is enhanced with beautiful and vibrant drawings that bring the story to life and retell ancient African history in a whole new light!