African (West)

Deep in the Sahara

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in African (West), Ages 04 and up, Mauritania, Mauritianian, Muslim, Theme: Cultural Identity, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Religious Faith | Comments Off on Deep in the Sahara

Deep in the Sahara

Deep in the Sahara   By Kelly Cunnane Illustrated by Hoda Hadadi Published by Schwartz & Wade “The warm, affirming portrait of Islam (“A malafa is for faith”) makes this a valuable resource for both Muslim audiences and a broader readership interested in potentially unfamiliar customs and observances of faith.” –Publisher’s Weekly Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to...

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Diamonds in the Shadow

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in African (West), Ages 12 and up, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Family Relationships, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Religious Faith, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow

Diamonds in the Shadow By Caroline Clooney Published by Random House Children’s Books “Cooney’s Connecticut church has sponsored war refugee families, and her stirring teen novel neither sensationalizes nor minimizes the brutality of their experiences.” –Hazel Rochman, Booklist “Although a work of fiction, it is the kind of story that will give readers pause to consider the world outside their neighborhood comfort zone” –Pat Trattles, Children’s Literature Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description Through their love for people, yet...

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The No. 1 Car Spotter

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in African (West), Ages 07 and up, Nigerian American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on The No. 1 Car Spotter

The No. 1 Car Spotter

The No. 1 Car Spotter By Atinuke Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell Published by Kane Miller Books “One of Atinuke’s gifts is her ability to tell her stories with humor while introducing serious topics to younger readers…A welcome addition to the very small selection of books — particularly early chapter books — about modern Africa.” –Robin Smith, Horn Book Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is Number 1. He’s the Number 1 car spotter in his village. The Number 1 car spotter in the world! The start of an...

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Anna Hibiscus

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in African (West), Ages 07 and up, Nigerian American, Theme: Community, Theme: Family Relationships | Comments Off on Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus By Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia Published by Kane Miller Books “Each of the four chapters tells a complete story and, while presenting clear cultural differences, explores themes that are universal and child-centered…Never didactic, the fluid storytelling is enhanced by Tobia’s charming illustrations.” –Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa with her mother, her father, her baby twin brothers, and lots and lots of her family. Join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a...

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The Bite of the Mango

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in African (West), Ages 13 and up, Sierra Leone, Theme: Family Death, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Survival, Theme: Trauma | Comments Off on The Bite of the Mango

The Bite of the Mango

The Bite of the Mango By Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland Published by Annick Press “As it aims to correct misperceptions about Sierra Leone and to raise awareness of the needs of child victims of war, this book will unsettle readers—and then inspire them with the evidence of Mariatu’s courage.” —Publisher’s Weekly “This haunting memoir adds an essential voice to the growing body of literature about Sierra Leone’s civil war” —Booklist Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N   Description As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone,...

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Son of a Gun

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in African (West), Ages 10 and up, Theme: Child Soldiers, Theme: Loss of Childhood, Theme: Survival | Comments Off on Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun By Anne de Graaf Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers “…this is a searing, graphically charged novel, told alternately by Nopi and Lucky, with several historical and pivotal stories incorporated into the narrative.” —Keisha M. Miller, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N       Description I was crazy. Crazy mad. That’s how I felt when I turned in my AK-47 rifle. The commanding officer’s growl still haunts me: “This gun is your god. You listen to the voice of your god and go where your gun...

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In the Small, Small Night

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in African (West), Ages 04 and up, Theme: Cultural Traditions, Theme: Immigration, Theme: Sibling Relationship | Comments Off on In the Small, Small Night

In the Small, Small Night

In The Small, Small Night By Jane Kurtz Illustrated by Rachel Isadora Published by HarperCollins Publishers “An affecting story about family love and finding the courage to face new situations” —Suzanne Myers Harold, School Library Journal Find a copy at Amazon | IndieBound | B&N Description In the middle of the night the world can seem huge and frightening, especially when you’ve just moved far from home. On Abena and Kofi’s first night in America, it is late and it is dark and they are up worrying. What if a giant lizard or a slender-snouted crocodile crawled...

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