The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa. CABA has three major objectives (1) to encourage the publication of children’s and young adult books that contribute to a better understanding of African socieites and issues, (2) to recognize literary excellence, and (3) to acknowledge the research achievements of oustanding authors and illustrators. The awards are presented in two categories: Young Children and Older Readers.
Nominated books must meet the following criteria:
- Books should be suitable for children and young adults ages 4-18;
- A significant portion of the book’s content should be about Africa (books with content primarily about African Americans and other parts of the African Diaspora are not eligible)
- Books must be copyrighted in the year preceding the awards ceremony
- Books must be available for purchase in the U.S, and published in English.
- Bi-lingual books that include English are eligible. Translations are eligible in the year first published in English.
Outreach Council of the African Studies Association
The Children’s Africana Book Awards are given under the auspices of the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association, a non-profit corporation founded in 1957 and open to all persons and institutions interested in African affairs. The Outreach Council aims to share and disseminate resources about Africa; exchanges experiences on best practices in conducting outreach activities; serves as the ASA membership in educating the public about Africa; and facilitates the exchange of ideas, information and research findings on Africa.
Nominations for awards are made directly by publishers, who may nominate as many separate titles for a given year’s competition as they desire. Nominations should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than December 31st of the year the book is published. Each book is read and evaluated by African Studies and Children’s Literature scholars. Reviews of nominated titles are posted on the Internet at: Africa Access Review http// www.AfricaAccessReview.org. ; Selected printed reviews are published in Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature,
To Order Award Seals
The cost for adhesive award seals depends on the quantity ordered. Over 50, the seals cost $0.20 each; 50 or fewer seals cost $0.50 each. A free electronic version of the seal is available to award-winning publishers.
Contact Africa Access for a list of award committee members and to order award seals