Africana Awards – Past Winners, Young Children

In 1991, the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association accepted a proposal from Africa Access to establish awards honoring outstanding books on Africa published or republished in the United States. The first Children’s Africana Book Awards were presented in 1992. Annually since that time awards are presented to authors and illustrators in two categories, Young Children and Older Readers. Click here for Past Winners for Older Readers.

Past Best Books for Young Children

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Past Best Books for Young Children

Bundle of Secrets by Mubina Hassanali and illustrated by Tony Siema (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013).

Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams and illustrated by A.G. Ford. (Candlewick Press, 2013).

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (Dial, 2012).

The Matatu by Eric Walters and illustrated by Eva Campbell (Orca, 2012).

Ostrich and Lark by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by the Kuru Art Project (Boyds Mill, 2012).

When I Get Older:The Story Behind Waving Flag by K’naan and Sol Guy and Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez (Tundra,2012).

Hands Around the Library : Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books. Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012).

Seeds of Change : Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson and illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler. (Lee & Low Books, 2010).

Pharaoh’s Boat written and illustrated David L. Weitzman ( Houghton Mifflin, 2009).

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference written by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes (Kids Can Press, 2008).

Ikenna goes to Nigeria written and photographed by Ifeoma Onyefulu (Frances Lincoln, 2007).

I Lost my Tooth in Africa written by Penda Diakite and illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite (New York: Kane Miller 2006)

How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt written and illustrated by Tamara Bowers ( New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005).

Here Comes Our Bride! written and illustrated by Ifeoma Onyefulu. (Frances Lincoln Children’s Book Distributed in the USA by Publishers Group West 2004)

Babu’s Song written by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen Illustrator: Aaron Boyd (Lee & Low Books 2003)

Fatuma’s New Cloth by Leslie Bulion. Illustrator Nicole Tadgell (Moon Mountain 2002)

What’s Cooking, Jamela written and illustrated by Niki Daly (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux 2001)

Africa is Not a Country by Margy Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove. Illustrator Anne Sibley O’Brien (Millbrook Press, 2000)

My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa Mollel. Illustrator E. B. Lewis (Clarion Books, 1999).

The Master Weaver From Ghana by Gilbert Ahiagble and Louise Meyer with photographs by Nester Hernandez (Open Hand Publisher, 1998).

Only a Pigeon by Christopher and Jane Kurtz. Illustrator E.B. Lewis (Simon and Schuster, 1997).

The Day Gogo Went to Vote by Elinor Sisulu. Illustrator Sharon Wilson (Little, Brown 1996).

The New King by Doreen Rappaport. Illustrator E.B. Lewis (Dial, 1995).

It Takes a Village written and illustrated by Jane Cowen-Fletcher (Scholastic, 1994).

Sundiata: Lion King of Mali written and illustrated by David Wisniewski (Clarion Books, 1992).

The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth by David Anderson. Illustrator Kathleen Atkins (Sights Productions, 1991)

Past Honor Books for Young Children

S is for South Africa by Beverley Naidoo and illustrated by Prodeepta Das (Frances, Lincoln, 2010)

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai written and illustrated by Clair Nivola ( Straus, and Giroux 2008).

The Butter Man written by Elizabeth and Ali Alalou. illustrated Julie Klear Essakalli ( Charlesbridge Publishing, 2008).

Will Waal A Somali Folktale. (Minnesota Humanities Commission, 2007).

My Father’s Shop written and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa (Scholastic 2006)

Circle Unbroken: the Story of a Basket and its People written by Margot Theis Raven. Illustrator E. B. Lewis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004)

Once Upon a Time written and illustrated by Niki Daly (Farrar, Straus & Giroux 2003).

The Magic Gourd written and illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite (Scholastic 2003).

Silly Mammo by Gebregeorgis Yohannes, Bogale Belachew, Illustrator (African Sun Publishing 2002).

Sosu’s Call written and illustrated by Meshack Asare, (Kane/Miller Books 2002).

Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier. Illustrator Lori Lohstoeter (An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum Book for Young Readers 2001).

Gugu’s House, written and illustrated by Catherine Stock (Clarion Books 2001).

Bikes for Rent by Isaac Olaleye. Illustrator Chris Demarest (Orchard Books 2001).

My Great-Grandmother’s Gourd by Cristina Kessler. Illustrator Walter Lyon Krudop (New York: Orchard Books/Grolier, 2000).

Subira Subira by Tololwa Mollel. Illustrator Linda Saport (New York: Clarion/ Houghton Mifflin, 2000).

Jamela’s Dress written and illustrated by Niki Daly (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999).

Vacation in the Village written and illustrated by Pierre Yves Njeng (Boyd’s Mill Press, 1999).

Halala Means Welcome: A Book of Zulu Words written and illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max (Hyperion, 1998).

Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman. Illustrator Caroline Binch (Dial, 1995).

Big Boy by Tololwa Mollel. Illustrator E.B. Lewis (Clarion, 1995).