CABA Winners

Children’s Africana Book Awards


Best Books for Young Children

Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor and illustrated by  Mehrdokht Amini. (Lantana Publishing, 2015).

Wangari Maathai : The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot and illustrated by Aurélia Fronty (Charlesbridge, 2015).

Desmond and the Very Mean Word: A Story of Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams and illustrated by A.G. Ford. (Candlewick, 2013).

Bundle of Secrets: Savita Returns Home by Mubina Hassanali Kirmani and illustrated by Tony Siema. (CreateSpace, 2013).

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

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

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

When I Get Older :The Story Behind Wavin’ Flag  by K’Naan with Sol Guy and illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez (Tundra Books, 2012).

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. (Dial Books for Young Children, 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  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  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 photographed by Ifeoma Onyefulu. (Frances Lincoln Children’s Book Distributed in the USA by Publishers Group West 2004)

Babu’s Song 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 Meyers 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)


Honor Books for Young Children

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke and illustrated by Lauren Tobias (Walker Books / Kane Miller, 2015).

Nana and Me by Kathy Knowles and illustrated by Edmund Opare (Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2015).

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  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 by Margot Theis Raven. Illustrator E. B. Lewis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004) (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).


Best Books for Older Readers

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (Disney-Hyperion, 2015).

Who is King? Ten Magical Stories from Africa. Beverely Naidoo and illustrated by  Piet Grobler (Frances Lincoln, 2015). 

The Red Pencil by Andrea Pinkney and Illustrated by Shane Evans (Little Brown & Co., 2014). 

Africa Is My Home : A Child of the Amistad by Monica Edinger and illustrated by Robert Byrd. (Candlewick, 2013).

Once Upon a Time in Ghana: Traditional Ewe Stories Retold in English by Anna Cottrell and Agbotadua Kumassah and Kwabena Poku. (Afram, 2013).

Abina and the Important Men of Ghana: A Graphic History by Trevor Getz and Liz Clarke (illus.) (Oxford University, 2012).

Far From Home by Na’ima Robert. (Frances Lincoln / Janetta Otter-Barry Books, 2012)

Stones for My Father by Trilby Kent (Tundra, 2011)

Nelson Mandela : The Authorized Comic Book by Nelson Mandela Foundation; Umlando Wezithombe (illus.) (Norton, 2009)

Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie (Drawn & Quarterly / Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2007)

Illustrator’s Notenook by Mohieddine Ellabbad. (Groundwood Books, 2006)

Mzungu Boy  by Meja Mwangi (Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2005)

Chanda’s Secrets  by Allan Stratton (Annick Press, 2004) Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict & Hope written by Beverley Naidoo (HarperCollins 2003)

Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students by John Middleton (Ed.) (Charles Scribner’s Sons of Gale Group 2002)

Kings and Queens of West Africa by Sylviane Diouf (Franklin Watts, 2000).

Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert (Fulcrum Kids, 1998).

No Turning Back by Beverley Naidoo (HarperCollins, 1997).

Middle Passage written and illustrated by Tom Feelings (Dial, 1995).

The Captive by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic, 1994).


Honor Books for Older Readers

May I Have This Dance. Connie Manse Ngcaba, (Cover2Cover Books, 2015).

Street Level: A Collection of Drawings and Creative Writing Inspired by Dar es Salaam by Sarah Markes ( Mkuki Na Nyota Publishers, 2011)

Burn my Heart written by Beverley Naidoo (HarperCollins / Amistad, 2009) Trouble in Timbuktu written by Cristina Kessler (Philomel Books, 2009)

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier written by Ishmael Beah (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007)

Rise of the Golden Cobra  by Henry T. Aubin (Annick Press, 2007)

The Ancient Kushites  by Liz Sonneborn. (Scholastic, Franklin Watts, 2005)

Empires of Medieval West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay  by David Conrad. (Facts on File, 2005)

The Old African by Julius Lester and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney ( Penguin Group (USA) Inc./ Dial Books, 2005)

The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004)

Talking Drums by Veronique Tadjo (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, 2004)

Saba: Under the Hyena’s Foot by Jane Kurtz (Pleasant Company 2003).

No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa by Tim McKee and Anne Blackshaw. (DK Publishing, 1998).

The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay by Patricia and Frederick McKissack (Henry Holt, 1994).

The African Mask by Janet Rupert (Clarion Books, 1994).

Apartheid: Calibrations of Color (Rosen Publishers


 Emmanuel’s Dream : The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson and  illustrated by Sean Qualls, (Random House / Schwartz & Wade, 2015). (Young Children)

One Plastic Bag : Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia by Miranda Paul and illustrated Elizabeth Zunon (Millbrook Press, 2015).