The Tiny Activist

Category: African Culture and Identity


The Pirate Tree

Written by: Brigita Orel Illustrated by: Jennie Poh For ages: 3 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Friendship, Social-Emotional Learning, Immigration, Imagination, African Culture & Identity, Girls Outdoors, Global Community. Summary:  This is a sweet book about friendship told from the perspective of a tree…

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Wherever I Go

Written by: Mary Wagley Copp Illustrated by: Munir D. Mohammed  For ages: 6-9 years Language:  English Topics Covered: Refugees, Resettlement, Lived Experiences, Family, African Culture & Identity, Friendship, Growing Up, Social-Emotional Learning. Summary:  Abia has declared herself queen of the refugee camp she lives…

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Nya’s Long Walk

Written by: Linda Sue Park Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney For ages: 4-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: Global Community, Africa, African Culture, Sudan, Sudanese Life, Water, Medicine, Family, Siblings, Love, Lived Experiences, POC-Centric Narratives.  Summary:  Nya and her sister Akeer live in Sudan and must…

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Maisie’s Scrapbook

Written by: Samuel Narh Illustrated by: Jo Loring-Fisher For ages: 3-7 years Language: English and some Ghanian  Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Biracial Family, Love, Imagination.  Summary: This is a really cute story about a young girl named Maisie and her parents.  Her father is African, and…

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Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library

Written by: Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez For ages: 8-12 years old, or a confident reading level. Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Fiction, Historic Figures, Literacy, Trailblazers, Afro-Puerto Rican Figures, Professional Life, Schomburg Library.  Summary: This book was sent to us by Candlewick…

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Freedom over me; Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life

Written & Illustrated by: Ashley Bryan For ages: 10-12 years (grades 4-6) Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Enslavement, Enslaved People, Historical Figures, Historical Events, Poetry, Historic Narratives, Narratives of Enslavement.  Summary: This book is comprised of poems telling the stories of 11 enslaved people.  Records…

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Henry’s Freedom Box, A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Written by: Ellen Levine Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson For ages: 7 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Enslavement, Underground Railroad, Historical  Figures, Historical Fiction, Family, Friendship, Abolition.  Summary: This book is heart wrenching.  Very little happens in this story that is positive besides gaining freedom,…

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Grandpa Cacao

Written & Illustrated by: Elizabeth Zunon For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, African Culture & Traditions, Love, Farming, Agriculture, Chocolate, Community, Cooking. Summary: This story follows tangential plot-lines of a little girl making her favorite chocolate birthday cake recipe…

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The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World

Written by: Katie Smith Milway Illustrated by: Shane Evans For ages: 8 years and up Language: English & Kirundi Topics Covered: Refugee Narratives, POC-Centric Narratives, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Empowerment, Global Community, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Historical Figure. Summary: Deo is a young boy when his village is attacked.  He…

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Poetry? Oh Noetry! (I’ll show myself out)

We’ve made it to Day 14, and we’re excited to take a break from prose to explore the wonders of some #poetry books that are #smashingstereotypes! Poetry is just as important as prose, and it is so essential to educate…

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