Learning About Africa: 2 Reads

English 5+ African Culture & Identity Historical Figures African Countries summary Can you recall what you learned about Africa when you were in school? I can. We learned all of the countries and then had a test where we had to fill in a map in 7th grade. That’s it. We didn’t learn about historical…

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 that some children are playing on.  Agu has just moved to where the tree is…

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 walk a long way to get water.  One day when making the journey, Akeer falls…

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 while the ethnicity of her mother is not specifically mentioned,  she appears to be of…

grandpa cacao: a tale of chocolate, from farm to family

summary:¬† This story follows tangential plot-lines of a little girl making her favorite chocolate birthday cake recipe for herself, and also learning about her grandfather who is a farmer, owning a cacao farm. ¬†The book is set up to show the parallels between the main character and her grandfather, because they have never met. ¬†As…

Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George

Written by: Lesa Cline-Ransome Illustrated by: James E. Ransome For ages: 5-9 years Language: English Topics Covered: Enslavement, Music, POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figure, Historic Events, Musician, Activism, Abolition, Racism, Trailblazer.   Summary: This is an interesting and historic tale of a gifted musician, which begins on a West Indies sugar plantation in 1739.  The plantation owner Guillame-Pierre is awaiting the birth of…

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 and his family flee into the night with only what they can carry. ¬†Deo can’t…

Introducing: Colours of Us

  Happy Saturday! ¬†Today we are featuring Colours of Us, a beautiful website run by Svenja. ¬†This website is a catch-all for insightful blog posts, multicultural books, toys, and clothing. ¬†After you finish reading our interview with Svenja, hop on over to her website and explore all that she has to offer! ¬†   TTA:…

Introducing: Aminata Jalloh of Readers Inspired!

Hello everyone! ¬†We hope you have been enjoying this series as much as we have, it’s been great to connect with others in the children’s literature community. ¬†This week, Readers Inspired! ¬†Aminata’s answers are so thoughtful, and we hope you head over to the links to her website and social media below to check out…