Book and Media Links
African Storybook (ASb) is a literacy initiative that provides openly licensed picture storybooks for early reading in the languages of Africa. Developed and hosted by Saide, the ASb has an interactive website that enables users to read, create, download, translate, and adapt stories. The initiative addresses the dire shortage of children’s storybooks in African languages, crucial for children’s literacy development. As of September 2017 there are more than 800 unique stories in 111 languages spoken in Africa, including English, French, and Portuguese, for a total of over 4600 stories. The vast majority of stories on the site are by African authors, mainly traditional folktales and contemporary stories, as well as some poems and songs.Out of the more than 2500 stories (as of April 2016), more than half have been “ASb-approved”, meaning that the initiative has checked the content and language in the storybooks. All the stories are illustrated, either by professional illustrators or by the users themselves.
The aim of this guide is to assist K-12 teachers, librarians, and students in locating online resources on Africa that can be used in the classroom, for research and studies.
Michigan State University offers an online comprehensive reference guide to approximately 10,000 films, videos, and other audiovisual materials concerning Africa. It includes film and video productions made in Africa and around the world.
Books for Africa, Books from Africa, IBBY’S Virtual Exhibition
This virtual exhibition from the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is envisaged as source of information for quality African children’s books produced for teachers, researchers, parents and for all those interested in children’s literature.
The mission of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world’s children in becoming effective members of the global community – who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas — by making the best in children’s literature available online free of charge.
Use ‘Advanced Search’ to locate books in:
Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, Shona, Swahili
Puku : Children’s Literature in southern Africa
All you need to know about children’s literature from southern Africa and beyond!
World Reader Provides ebooks accessed through cell phone technology
Based in England, ABC ships to most places in the world
UNESCO Women in African History
Showcases 20 African women or women of African descent.
Children’s Literature Journals
Sankofa: A Journal of African’s Children’s and Young Adult Literature