The Storyteller

Title: The Storyteller Author: Evan Turk Genre: Picture Book / Fiction Publisher: Atheneum Release Date: 2017 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN: 978-1-48143-518-5 “From Ezra Jack Keats 2015 New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author-illustrator: an original folktale that celebrates the power of stories and storytelling. Long, long ago, like a pearl…

Obatala’s Daughter Discovers True Friends

Title: Obatala's Daughter Discovers True Friends Series: The Yoruba Orisa Children's Series: Book Two Author: Dr. Winmilawe Genre: Picture Book / Folklore Publisher: Gazing In Release Date: 2015 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN: 978-0-9839318-9-8, 978-0-98393118-8-1 In his article “Yoruba Traditional Education System: A Veritable Tool for Salvaging the Crisis Laden System in Nigeria,” (Journal of Interdisciplinary…

Noko and the Kool Kats

Title: Noko and the Kool Kats Author: Moodie, Fiona Genre: Folklore / Picture book / Primary Publisher: Tafelberg/NB Publishers Release Date: 2014 Pages: 31 pp. Source: ISBN 9780624067801 Village animals are surprised when The Kool Kats’ large bus gets stuck in the sand near their village, and the supposedly sophisticated rock stars (Lion, Miss Leopard, Cheetah,…

A is for Àdìre! Yoruba Cultural Dictionary

Title: A is for Àdìre! Yoruba Cultural Dictionary Author: Ayobooks Genre: Picture book / Primary Publisher: Ayobooks Release Date: 2015 Format: Paperback Pages: Unpaged Source: 978-0-9910174-1-6 Ayobooks’ A is for Àdìre! Yoruba Cultural Dictionary introduces young readers and their families to the language and culture of the Yoruba. This glossy, easy-to-hold–and-use Yoruba dictionary targets children…

Nana and Me

Title: Nana and Me Author: Kathy Knowles and Edmund Opare (illus.) Publisher: Children’s Library Fund Release Date: 2015 Source: ISBN 978 1 928093 02 One hundred children from three libraries sponsored by the Osu Children’s Library Fund in Ghana, West Africa, wrote about their grandmothers, Kathy Knowles created Nana and Me from their words.  Edmund…

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

Title: Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees Author: Franck Prévot ; Aurélia Fronty (illus,) Genre: Picture book, Biography, Elementary Publisher: Charlesbridge Release Date: 2015 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN 9781580896269 A picture book biography of Kenyan environmentalist and political activist Wangari Maathai.   Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by…

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets

Title: Ashley Bryan's Puppets: Making Something from Everything Author: Ashley Bryan Genre: Non fiction / Elementary / Middle school Publisher: Atheneum / Simon and Schuster Release Date: 2014 Pages: Unpaged Source: 978-1-44248-728-4   Puppetry in its many forms – string-operated, hand, finger, shadow – are used to animate and communicate in a fantastically interactive way,…

Zeraffa Giraffa

Title: Zeraffa Giraffa Author: Hofmeyr, Dianne ; Jane Ray (illus.) Genre: Historical Fiction, Picture Book, Elementary Publisher: Frances Lincoln Release Date: 2014 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN: 9781847803443 Dianne Hofmeyr recounts the true story about a giraffe that was given from the ruler of Egypt to “my friend, the King of France,” in 1827. The giraffe’s…