The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Title: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Author: Kamkwamba, William and Mealer, Bryan; Zunon, Elizabeth (illus.) Genre: Picture book, CABA Winner, Elementary Publisher: Dial Books for Young Children Release Date: 2012 Pages: Unpaged Source: ISBN 9780803735118 / 0803735111 When 14 year-old William Kamkwamba’s Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone’s crops began to fail.…

Ostrich and Lark

Title: Ostrich and Lark Author: Nelson, Marilyn; Kuru Art Project (illus.) Genre: Botswana / Southern Africa / Fiction / CABA Winner Publisher: Boyds Mills Press Release Date: 2012 Source: ISBN 978-1-59078-702-1 Ostrich and Lark spend their days on the grasslands of southern Africa surrounded by a chorus of birdsong. From his perch in a tree…

Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books

Title: Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books Author: Roth, Susan and Karen Leggett Abouraya ; Roth, Susan (illus.) Genre: North Africa / Egypt / Libraries / CABA Winner Publisher: Dial Release Date: 2012 Source: ISBN 978-0-8037-3747-1 Text and illustrations describe how Egypt’s students, librarians, and demonstrators gathered around the Library of Alexandria in…

The Matatu

Title: The Matatu Author: Walters, Eric; Campbell, Eva (illus.) Genre: Eastern Africa / Kenya / Folktales / CABA Winner Publisher: Orca Book Publishers Release Date: 2012 Source: ISBN 9781554693016 / 1554693012 A young boy takes a ride on the matatu bus with his grandfather for his fifth birthday. Along the way his grandfather tells the…

When I Get Older: The Story Behind Wavin’ Flag

Title: When I Get Older: The Story Behind Wavin' Flag Author: K'Naan; Rudy Gutierrez (illus.) Genre: East Africa / Somalia / Biography / K'Naan / CABA Winner Publisher: Tundra Books Release Date: 2012 Source: ISBN 978-1-77049-302-5 Poet, rapper, and singer-songwriter, K’naan, recounts his story, in which, he and his family were in danger and fled…