Another exciting Book Week with children and teachers dressing up as their favourite characters. I have been asked a few times if I have a few Children’s African books I can recommend. Here are a few favourites:
THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND by Kamkwamba William.
The film has just been released of this true story of a 13-year-old boy is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. Using an old book in the library he teaches himself how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine.
EMMANUELS DREAM: An uplifting true story about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people–but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. Truly inspirational.
TREES OF PEACE: 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. In memory of the inspirational founder of The Green Belt movement in Kenya.
African Adventure by Willard Price For the adventure, and because Willard Price books were so much enjoyed by my son and apparently highly recommended by Anthony Horowitz.
JOURNEY TO JOBURG This is the story of love and the human spirit against the background of South Africa’s apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid.
ONE PLASTIC BIRDS The inspiring true story of how one African woman, Isatou Ceesay began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community in Gambia.
NELSON MANDELAS AFRICAN FOLKTALES Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Laureate for Peace, gathers Africa’s most cherished folktales, with the specific hope that Africa’s oldest stories, as well as a few new ones, will be appreciated by children throughout the world.