These 25 picture books about Africa were our favorites out of the nearly 100 picture books we've read. Our children were most drawn to true stories about children just like them that face hardship with resilience. Our family will come away from our Africa study with feelings of gratitude for clean water and reliable sources of food (not a given in many African nations) and a deep admiration for the strength and resourcefulness of the African people. We've met a lot of heroes through these books.
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African Picture Books by Country
We also read a few chapter books we'd love to recommend:
The Anna Hibiscus series
- These chapter books are suited for a younger audience (our 3-year-old even loves listening in!) and chronicle the life of Anna Hibiscus and her large extended family who live in Africa. The stories are engaging and the perfect introduction to a new culture. Start with the first one, but you'll probably want the whole series.
A Long Walk to Water
by Linda Sue Park - This is the profoundly thought-provoking story of two Sudanese children and how their lives ultimately intertwine. Salva Dut was a "Lost Boy of Sudan," a refugee who walked across the African continent on foot seeking refuge. This book is recommended for ages 10 and up due to some intense content (encounters with armed rebels, killer lions and crocodiles, famine, drought). The story left me speechless. This is a must-read for any family studying Africa (or just for the mom, if you have younger kids).