Y = books recommended for younger readers; O = books recommended for older readers
Brett, Jan     (Y)
Honey-- honey-- lion! : a story from Africa
After working together to obtain honey, the African honey badger always shares it with his partner, the honeyguide bird, until one day when the honey badger becomes greedy and his feathered friend decides to teach him a lesson.

Cave, Kathryn     (Y)
One child, one seed : a South African counting book
Count from one to ten with Nothando as she plants a pumpkin seed that will provide pumpkin stew for her rural South African family.

Graber, Janet     (Y)
Muktar and the camels
Muktar, an eleven-year-old refugee living in a Kenyan orphanage, dreams of tending camels again, as he did with his nomadic family in Somalia, and has a chance to prove himself when a traveling librarian with an injured camel arrives at his school.

Harley, Avis     (Y)
African acrostics: a word in edgeways
Acrostic poems spell out the names and personalities of African animals, illustrated with photographs.

Houston, Dick     (O)
Bulu, African wonder dog
When Anna and Steve move from England to Zambia to found a wildlife education center, they adopt a dog named Bulu in spite of the dangers he would face, and come to value his company and his way with the animals at the center.

Ichikawa, Satomi     (Y)
My father's shop
"Come visit Mustafa in his favorite place in all of Morocco--his father's shop. Here amongst the beauriful rugs, is an entire world of colors, textiles, and languages..."-- Jacket.

Krebs, Laurie     (Y)
We all went on safari : a counting journey through Tanzania
Meet the Maasai people, spot African animals, and learn to count in Swahili while on a book safari through Tanzania.

Krebs, Laurie     (Y)
We're sailing down the Nile : a journey through Egypt
As the riverboat sails down the Nile River, remnants of Egypt's long history and aspects of its present culture are revealed on its banks. Includes end notes with additional information about ancient Egyptian culture.

McCall, Smith Alexander     (O)
Akimbo and the elephants
On the African game preserve where his father works, Akimbo devises a dangerous plan to capture a ring of elephant poachers.

Scaletta, Kurtis     (O)
Mamba Point
After moving with his family to Liberia, twelve-year-old Linus discovers that he has a mystical connection with the black mamba, one of the deadliest snakes in Africa, which he is told will give him some of the snake's characteristics.

St. John , Lauren     (O)
The white giraffe
After a fire kills her parents, eleven-year-old Martine must leave England to live with her grandmother on a wildlife game reserve in South Africa, where she befriends a mythical white giraffe.

Unobagha, Uzoamaka Chinyelu     (Y)
Off to the sweet shores of Africa and other talking drum rhymes
A collection of poems featuring the animals, people, and cultures of Africa.

  Summer 2011