The year 2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Children’s Africana Book Awards. The Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) established the awards in 1992 in order to recognize and promote outstanding juvenile literature on Africa published in the United States.
The first award was presented at the ASA conference in Seattle, Washington to storyteller David Anderson and artist Kathleen Wilson. Kathleen would later design the CABA seal
The list of CABA winners now numbers sixty-seven, including this year’s winners.
The awards program also includes a teachers and librarians’ workshop sponsored by the DC Council on Humanities.It features past winner. Here we see, including 4 time winner E.B. Lewis, illustrator of Big Boy, My Rows and Piles of Coins, The New King and Only a Pigeon. Sylviane Diouf, author of The Kings and Queens of West Africa, Best Book in 2001, Nicole Tadgell, illustrator of last year’s winner, Fatuma’s New Cloth.
In recent years, CABA winners have received special kente strips woven by the incomparable Chapuchi Ag____
This year the CABA committee and external African Studies reviewers examined 52 titles. The committee chose two winners
and four Notable books. Each of you should have received a postcard highlighting these six books.
These books represent a wide range of countries, themes and genres. Stones for my Father is a work of historical fiction that explore various perspectives during the Anglo Boer war in South Africa.
Street Level takes the reader on an illustrated tour of the historic district of Dar es Salaam (aka Dar), Tanzania.
The picture book Akosua’s Gift is set in Ghana. Akosua’s older sister is getting married and Akosua wants to give her a very special gift.
Counting cars is a favorite pass time in the No 1 car Spotter a chapter book for young readers.
Can you shape your body like the number 1? It’s fun to try all 10 numbers in Let’s Play, Tucheze Numbody. This bi-lingual picture book in Swahili and English comes with an accompanying CD.
Songs from the Baobab includes 29 songs from ten Francophone countries in Central and West Africa. The songs, on the accompanying disk, are in eleven different languages.
Also by recommended by the CABA committee are the following books.
How the Leopard got its claws by Chinua Achebe was originally published in 1972. This is a newly illustrated version of the well known tale.
This picture book retelling of Aesop’s Fables by last CABA winner Beverley Naidoo is set in Southern Africa
Two teens, one British, one Fulani battle evil forces in this thriller set in Burkina Faso.
Khadija, a Somali refugee, becomes a model for a famous London fashion designer. She never imagined her new found fame would put her family in jeopardy back home.
This picture book explores the impact of the slave trade on those left behind in the country of Mali.
Nigerian author Atinuke never mentions the setting for her stories about Anna Hibiscus but it is clear that Anna lives in Nigeria in the big city of Lagos. Stories about children living in African cities are rare so this book is a good choice.
Beginning readers can follow Anna’s adventures in Good Luck Anna Hibiscus.
Pre-schoolers will enjoy exploring Omer’s favorite places in this book by former CABA winner Ifeoma Onyefulu.
To learn about other recommended books visit the CABA webpage on the Africa Access website.
E.B. Lewis Nicole Tadgell My Rows & Piles of Coins Yohannes Gebregeorgis Fatuma’s New Cloth Silly Mammo Penda & Baba WagueCatherine Stock Isaac Olaleye Ifeoma Onyefulu I Lost my Tooth in AfricaGalimoto Bikes for Rent Ikenna goes to Nigeria and Here Comes Our Bride