Read This: Children’s Books About Africa

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott

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This book was a gift from a friend of mine, a retired public school teacher, who had an amazing library of children’s books.  She has been the source of many excellent book recommendations, but there’s something special about Anansi the Spider.

Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky

by Elphinstone Dayrell, illustrated by Blair Lent

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I loved Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories and this book is familiar as it tries to explain how the moon and the sun (a married couple) decided to leave the earth to live in the sky.  But the subtext is an interesting observation about hospitality.  To what lengths would you go to welcome a guest to your home?  In most parts of the United States, not too far.  But in Africa, it’s a different story.  It’s a great opportunity to talk about how we treat others, particularly immigrants to our country.  I also love the illustrations.

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