Every year, the Children’s Africana Book Award is given to outstanding authors and illustrators of children’s books about Africa published in the United States. The Center for African Studies, as part of the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association, is pleased to be part of this program.
Past awards and outstanding resources on Africa can be found at: Africa Access.
Honoring 2009 Winners Best Book for Young Children 2009
One Hen: How One Loan Made a Big Difference
Katie Smith Milway
Eugenie Fernandes (illus.)
(Kids Can Press, 2008)
Honor Books for Young Children 2009
The Butter Man
Elizabeth and Ali Alalou Julie Klear Essakalli (illus.)
(Charlesbridge Publishing, 2008)
Planting The Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
Claire A. Nivola
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008)
Planting the Trees of Kenya introduces young children to the life and work of Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Author-illustrator Claire Nivola aptly captures the rolling hills of the Kenyan highlands and the emotional drama surrounding the creation of Maathai's Green Belt movement. Her book can educate and inspire young and old alike to take action to reclaim environmental abundance.
Honoring 2008 Winners
Best Book for Young Children 2008
Ikenna Goes to Nigeria
(Frances Lincoln, 2007)
In stunning photographs and bright, informative prose, award-winning author Ifeoma Onyefulu recounts an unusual and rewarding journey. Young Ikenna living in London takes a trip far away to his ancestral home in sunny Nigeria. In Lagos he plays with his cousins, attends the Oshun Festival, and sees age-old ceremonies and colorful traditions. This photographic book shows young readers the pleasures that await in other countries and cultures.
Best Book for Older Readers 2008
Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie
(Drawn & Quarterly, 2007)
The graphic novel Aya tells the story of its 19-year old heroine, the studious and clear-sighted Aya, her easy-going friends Adjoua and Bintou, and their meddling relatives and neighbors. It's a breezy and wryly funny account of the desire for joy and freedom, and of the simple pleasures and private troubles of everyday life in Yop City, a suburb of Abidjan in Ivory Coast.