Lending Library

The African Studies Outreach Program maintains a lending library of texts that can be loaned to educators across the country. We also work with the Krannert Art Museum's Education Center to support their library and provide educational objects and curricula on Africa.

We have an extraordinary collection of children's literature published in Africa during the 1960s and 1970s, which encompasses folk tales, short stories, picture books and more. We have also made an effort to collect teachers' resources. The compiling and cataloguing of this list is still underway, so we encourage you to contact us directly if you have questions. Additional copies and cataloguing of these resources is available from the University of Illinois Library which maintains a wonderful Africana collection and an Education Library with a section aimed at K-12 teachers.

We are including a basic listing of some of the texts held at the Center for African Studies Outreach Library in Champaign. The texts are arranged by level of readers/audience and title of text.

If you have questions or would like borrow any of these resources, please contact us by phone 217-244-3648 or email african@illinois.edu.

The Collection

Category Index

  1. Curriculum Guides & Resources for Teachers
  2. Picture Books and Elementary level readers
  3. Early-Middle Elementary-level readers
  4. Upper Elementary-level readers
  5. Middle School-level readers
  6. High school/Adult-level readers

Curriculum Guides & Resources for Teachers

  • Africa: A List of Printed Materials for Children. Information Center on Children's Cultures
  • Africa: African Cultures and Societies Before 1885 (v.2), by Toyin Falola
  • Africa: African History Before 1885 (v.1), by Toyin Falola et al
  • Africa: Colonial Africa 1885-1939 (v.3), by Toyin Falola
  • Africa: Contemporary Africa (v.5), by Toyin Falola
  • Africa: The End of Colonial Rule (v.4), by Toyin Falola
  • Africa Today: An Atlas of Reproducible Page. World Eagle, Inc. 1994
  • Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah & Henry Louis Gates
  • African Novels in the Classroom, edited by Margaret Jean HayLynne Rienner Publishers 2000
  • African Theatre: A checklist of critical material, by N.B. East. African Publishing Corporation 1970
  • Anthology of African Art: The Twentieth Century, by N’Gone Fall
  • The Atlas of African-American History and Politics, by Arwin D. Smallwood
  • Bibliography of African Oral Narratives, by Harold Scheub. Africa Studies-The University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • The Black Heritage Book of Trivia, by Morgan White
  • Children's Books on Africa and their authors: An Annotated Bibliography, by Nancy J. Schmidt. Africana Publishing Company. New York & London
  • Children’s Stories from Africa [VHS Tape]
  • Cultural Atlas of Africa (Cultural Atlas Series), by Jocelyn Murray. Checkmark Books, 1998
  • Dem-Say: Interviews with Eight Nigerian Writers, by African and Afro-American Studies and Research Center. The University of Texas at Austin, 1974
  • Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century African History, edited by Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and Dickson Eyoh. Rutledge, 2002
  • Five Windows into Africa, by Patrick McNaughton (CD-ROM)
  • Geometry from Africa: Mathematical and Educational Explorations, by Paulus Gerdes
  • Global Studies: Africa<, by Dr. F. Jeffress Ramsay
  • Great Ideas for Teaching about Africa, by Misty L. Bastian and Jane L. Parpart. Lynne Rienner Publishers 1999
  • Introducing West African Literature into Our Social Studies Classes, by Nancy M. Hoon. Cooperative Center For Social Science Education, 1967
  • Hands-On Africa: Art Activities for All Ages Featuring Sub-Saharan Africa, Yvonne Y. Merrill and Mary Simpson. Kits Publishing, 2000
  • Slavery: From Africa to the Americas, by Christine Hatt
  • Through African Eyes: Coming of Age in Africa: Continuity and Change, Volume 1, edited by Leon Clark. Center for International Training and Education, 1970
  • Through African Eyes: From Tribe to Town: Problems of Adjustment, Volume 2, edited by Leon Clark. Center for International Training and Education, 1970
  • Through African Eyes: The African Past and the Coming of the Europeans, Volume 3edited by Leon Clark. Center for International Training and Education, 1970
  • Through African Eyes: The Colonial Experience : An Inside View, Volume 4, edited by Leon Clark. Center for International Training and Education, 1970
  • Through African Eyes: The Rise of nationalism: Freedom Regained, Volume 5, edited by Leon Clark. Center for International Training and Education, 1970
  • Through African Eyes: NationBuilding:Tanzania and the World, Volume 6, edited by Leon Clark. Center for International Training and Education, 1970
  • Through African Eyes, The Past: The Road to Independence, Volume 1, edited by Leon E. Clark.Center for International Training and Education, 1991
  • Through African Eyes: Teaching Strategies. Culture and Society: Continuity and Change, Vol. 2, edited by Leon E. Clark and Chadwick Fleck. Center for International Training and Education,2000
  • "The Educator's Curriculum Guide Making Connections," DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, 2007 Pres. Antoinette D. Wright; Dir. Of Ed. Services: Stephanie Davenport; MAPS Educator: Jomo Cheatham. Includes activity pages, post-DuSable Museum visit test, internet bibliography.
  • "Arts of Africa," The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1998. Teacher Programs, Department of Museum Education. - Includes slides, activity book, exhibit guide.
  • "How Big is Africa?" Curriculum Guide, Developed by Deborah Smith Johnston with Barbara Brown, African Studies Center, Boston University, 1998.

Picture Books and Elementary Level Readers

  • A Book of Rhymes, by Pamela. Oxford University Press, 1962
  • A is for Africa, by Ifeoma Onyefulu. Puffin, 1997
  • The Adventurous Sisters, by Mary Karooro Okurut. Fountain Publishers, 1996
  • African Dancing (Let’s Dance), by Mark Thomas. Children's Press, 2000
  • Akuny the Beautiful Girl, by Edith Garvie. Nelson, 1965
  • The Amazing Abu Nuwasi, by Pichadithi Series #4. Kenway Publication
  • The Angry Flames, by Asenath Odaga
  • L’Appel de Sosu, by Meshack Asare
  • Asana and the Magic Calabash, by Sussan Al-Hassan. Sedco Publishing Ltd. Ghana
  • The Banana Tree, by P.M. Kareithi. East African Publishing House
  • The Beautiful Girl and the Snake. African Universities Press
  • Beautiful Nyakio, by Frederick Ndung'u. East African Publishing House
  • Bikes for Rent!, by Isaac Olaleye. Orchard Books, 2001
  • The Cardinal Bird, by Corp. African Universities Press
  • A Child's Book of African Poetry: An Anthology for Upper Primary Schools, by Wendy Ijioma. Macmillan, 1978
  • The Chimurenga War, by E. Nyawata. Mambo Press
  • Cleopatra, by Haydn Middleton. Oxford University Press
  • The Color of Home, by Mary Hoffman. Dial, 2002
  • Constitution, by Mamman J. Vatsa. Fourth Dimension Publishers
  • Crawling Life, by Thomas Adhiambo. East African Publishing House
  • The Dance of Birds. Designs Productions Nigeria, Ltd
  • The Dancing Plates and Spoons, by Clifford Fyle. Evans Brothers
  • The Day Gogo Went to Vote, by Elinor Batezat Sisulu. Little, Brown and Company, 1999
  • The Day of Ahmed's Secret, by Florence Parry Heide and Judith Heide Gilliand. Harper Trophy, 1995
  • The Diamond Ring, by Asenath Odaga. East African Publishing House
  • The Drum, by Chinua Achebe. Tortoise Books, Fourth Dimention Pub Co Ltd, New Ed edition 1977
  • East African Why Stories, by Pamela Ogot. East African Publishing House
  • East Africn When Stories, by Pamela Ogot. East African Publishing House
  • Ee Ar Ee Ar Ee Ar, by Corp. African Universties Press
  • English for Tanzanian Schools: Book One, by Ministry of National Education. Longman Tanzania Ltd
  • English for Tanzanian Schools: Book Three, by Ministry of Education. Longman Tanzania Ltd
  • English for Tanzanian Schools: Book Two, by Ministry of Education. Longman Tanzania Ltd
  • Fati and the Honey Tree, by Fatou Keita. Sub-Saharan Publishers. Accra-Ghana
  • Fati et l'arbre à mile, by Fatou Keita. African Books Collective, 2002
  • The First Ones: Nehanda and Chaminuka, by M.H. Tredgold. Mambo Press
  • Flight from the Farms, by Amba Oduyoye. Daystar Press. Ibadan
  • The Flower of Sheba, by Doris Orgel and Ellen Schecter. Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • The Flute: A Children's Story, by Chinua Achebe. Tortoise Books, 1977
  • The Golden Bangle, by Nancy Olora. Fountain Publishers Ltd
  • The Golden Feather, by Charity Waciuma. East African Publishing House
  • Grandma Nana (Somali- English), by Veronique Tadjo. Milet Publishing; Bilingual edition, 2000
  • The Great Greedy Ogre, by Gail A. Porter. Jacaranda Designs
  • The Greedy Host, by J.K. Njoroge. East African Publishing House
  • The Greedy Hyena, by Pichadithi Series #2. Kenway Publication
  • The Hare's Blanket and Other tales, by Asenath Odaga. East African Publishing House
  • The Hare's Horns, by Joyce Ndoro. East African Publishing House
  • The Hatseller and the Monkeys: A West African Folktale, by Baba Wague Diakite. Scholastic Press
  • The Hornbill and the Tortoise and Another Story, by Ignatius Chikelu. Oxford University Press-Ibadan
  • How it was with Dooms, by A True Story from Africa. Simon & Schuster
  • The Hunter and The Python, by Joseph M. Mwale. Kenneth Kaunda Foundation
  • I am Kofi, by Meshack Asare. Ghana Publishing Corporation
  • I am not Afraid: Based on a Masai Tale, by Kenny Mann. Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Illustrated Rhymes for Children, by Peter U. Ezike. Mudhut Books
  • The Jackal and The Camel, by Corp. African Universities Press, 1970
  • Jafta-My Father, by Hugh Lewin. Zimbabwe Publishing House
  • Journey to Freedom: W.E.B. Dubois, by Don Troy. The Child's World
  • The Kamara Family, by Marilyn Awoonor-Renner. Evans Brothers Ltd
  • Kenyatta's Prophecy, by Pichadithi Series #1. Kenway Publication
  • Kigo in England, by P.M. Kareith. Equatorial Publishers
  • The Kind Gang, by Bob Kisiki. Fountain Publishers
  • Kisalu and His FruitGarden, by David Maillu. East African Publishing House
  • Kofi and His Magic, by Maya Angelou. Clarkson Potter/Publishers
  • Konte Chameleon Fine, by Fine. Boyds Mills Press
  • Life In Water, by Thomas R. Adhiambo. East African Publishing House
  • Lord of the Dance, by Veronique Tadjo. J.B. Lippincott. New York
  • Lucky Grain of Corn, by Veronique Tadjo
  • The Magic Gourd, by Baba Wague Diakite. Scholastic Press. New York
  • The Maize Plant, by P.M. Kareithi. East Africa Publishing House
  • Mamy Wata and the Monster (French-English), by Veronique Tadjo
  • The Mean Hyena: A Folktale from Malawi, by Judy Sierra. Lodestar Books
  • The Mongoose, The Buffalo and The Crocodile, by Corp. African Universities Press, 1970
  • Mother's Chickens, by P.M. Kareithi. East Africa Publishing House
  • Mumo and the Lost Cow, by Terry Hirst. Oxford University Press, 1971
  • Mumo Goes to Town, by Terry Hirst. Oxford University Press, 1969
  • My Great-Grandmother's Gourd, by Cristina Kesseler. Orchard Books
  • My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken and Me, by Maya Angelou. Crown Publishers. New York
  • Njamba Nene's Pistol, by Ngugi wa Thiong’o. East African Educational Publishers
  • Onyango's Triumph, by Leo Odera Omolo. EastAfrican Publishing Company
  • The Orphan Boy, by Tololwa M. Mollel and Paul Morin. Clarion Books
  • Our Food, by Thomas R. Adhiambo. East African Publishing House
  • Our Garden, by Thomas Adhiambo. East African Publishing House
  • Our Pets, by Thomas R. Adhiambo. East African Publishing House
  • Sebugugu the Glutton: A Bantu Tale from Rwanda, by Verna Aardema. Africa World Press Inc
  • Shadow: One Man’s Quest to find the Hidden Treasure of the Confederacy, by Marcia Brow.
  • Singing Tales of Africa, by Adjai Robinson, Scribners
  • The Stories of Konga, by Fred Kago. Equatorial Publishers
  • A Story, a Story: An African Tale, by Gail E. Haley. Aladdin Book
  • The Story of Mboma, by By Mboma Dladla as told to Kathy Bond. Ravan Press
  • Sweet and Sugar Cane, by Asenath Odaga
  • Syankombo, by Duly Mudenda and Kansi Nagunga. ACPDT & Africa Book Development Trust
  • Tales by Moonlight, by unknown. Heinemann Books
  • The Talking Cloth, by Rhonda Mitchell
  • The Tower of Baboons, by Coop.. African Universities Press, 1970
  • Tommy and the Mango, by Lifford Flye. Evans Brothers
  • The Ungrateful Mother, by James Tumusiime. Fountain Publishers Ltd
  • Upon my Mother's Back, by Melanie Marie Nothcraft. Zimbabwe Pulishing House Ltd. Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Wanjiru: the Sacrifice!, by Kenway Publication
  • Where is Sumo? Elaine A. Wolo, by LEMSCO Publishing Company
  • Why the Cock Crows, by Tendai Makura. Zimbabwe Publishing House
  • Why the Rooster Crows and Other Stories, by various authors. Kenneth Kaunda Foundation
  • Wild Animals, by Thomas R. Odhiambo. East African Publishing House
  • Women Explorers in Africa: Five Photo Illustrated Biographies, by Margo McLoone. Capstone Press
  • Zomo The Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa, by Gerald McDermott. Voyager Books

Books for Early-Middle Elementary Level Readers

  • The Adventures of Mbugwe the Frog, by Rose Anizoba. Oxford University Press
  • The Adventures of Musa Kaago, by John Kala
  • The Adventures of Thiga, by C.M. Mureithi. East African Publishing House
  • Africa is Not a Country, by Mary Burns Knight and Mark Melnicove
  • The Africans Knew, by Tillie S. Pine and Joseph Levine. McGraw-Hill Book Company
  • Agassu: Legend of the Leopard King, by Rick Dupre. Carol Rhoda Books, Inc
  • Aida, by Leontyne Price. Gulliver Books, 1992
  • Akosua in Brazil, by Alero Olympio & Cecile McHardy. Ghana Publishing Corporation
  • Akpan and the Smugglers, by Rosemary Uwemedimo. Africana Publishing Corporation
  • Algeria (Cultures of the World Series), by Falaq Kagda
  • Ananse's Feast: An Ashanti Tale, by Tolowa M. Mollel. Clarion Books. New York
  • Anansi does the Impossible: An Ashanti Tale, by Verna Aardema. Anthneum Books for Young Readers
  • Anansi Finds a Fool, by Bryna Waldman. Dial Books for Young Readers
  • Anansi The Spider, by Gerald McDermott. Henry Holt and Company
  • Animal Palaver and the Dead Man's Chalk, by Aaron Cole. Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd
  • Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, by Margaret Musgrove. Puffin Books
  • Beneath the Rainbow: A Collection of Children's Stories and Poems from Kenya, by Designs Jacaranda. Jacaranda Designs, 1994
  • The Big Cassava (New Nation English Story Books), by Kathleen Coleman. Nelson
  • Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, by Verna Aardema
  • Brother to the Wind, by Mildred Pitts Walker. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
  • The Children of Sierra Leone, by Arama Christiana. Richard C. Owens Publishers
  • The Children of the Forest, by Joel Makumi. East African Publishing House
  • Christopher and Grandma on Safari, by Joan Barton Barsotti. Barsotti Publishing Co.
  • Cock and Lion, by Kalondu Kyendo. East African Publishing House
  • The Coconut Girl, by Joseph Kabui
  • Cote D'Ivoire (Cultures of the World Series), by Patricia Sheehan
  • Count on Your Fingers African Style, by Claudia Zaslavsky. Black Butterfly Children's Book
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo (Cultures of the World Series), by Jay Heale
  • The Elephant's Heart, by W. Radford. East African Publishing House
  • Elephant Woman: Cynthia Moss Explores the World of Elephants, by Laurence Pringle. Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Eritrea (Cultures of the World Series), by Roseline NgCheong-Lum
  • Eyewitness Africa, by Yvonne Ayo
  • Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt, by George Hart
  • The Feather in the Lake, by Joel Makumi. East African Publishing House
  • Five Moolight Tales, by R. Nwankwo Egbe. Onibonoje Publishers (NIG) LTD, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • The Flame Tree, by Leila Ward. East African Literature Bureau/Transafrica
  • The Fly Whisk and Other Stories from Masailand, by Stephen Gichuru. East African Publishing House, 1967
  • Florence the Blue Flamingo, by Susie Muthoni. East African Publishing House
  • Folk Tales and Stories from Around the World, by Esther Bekoe Mfodwo. Ghana Publishing Corporation
  • The Football Flyers, by Meryl Champion. Longman Group Ltd
  • The Four Friends 1-3, by Ronald Mackin & Miles Lee. Oxford University Press
  • Game Park Holiday, by William Radford. East African Publishing House
  • Gbaya (The Heritage of African Peoples), by Philip Burnham
  • Ghana (Cultures of the World Series), by Patrica Levy
  • The Girl Who Couldn't Keep a Secret, by Clare Omanga. East African Publishing House
  • Give the Devil His Due and Other Stories, by William Kibiejon Bourett. East African Publishing House, 1969
  • The Golden Flower: A Story from Egypt, by Janet Palazzo-Craig. Troll, 1997
  • Growing Up at Lina School, by Majorie Oludhe-MacGoye. East African Publishing House
  • Habari Gani? What's the News? A Kwanzaa Story, by Sundaira Morninghouse
  • Hare and Hyena, by Dorothy Kingdon
  • How the Leopard Got His Claws, by Chinua Achebe and Joan Iroganachi. East African Publishing House
  • In Africa, by Marc and Evelyne Bernheim. Atheneum
  • Inspector Rajabu Investigates, by Fortunatus Kawagere. East African Publishing House
  • Island of Yo, by Eutychus Ndirangu. East African Publishing House
  • It is Time for Stories, by Remi Adedji. Onibonoje Press, 1973
  • Kele's Secret, by Tololwa M. Mollel and Catherine Stock. Lodestar Books
  • Kenya (Countries of the World Series), by Michael Dahl
  • Kings and >Queens of West Africa, by Sylviane Anna Diouf
  • Kofizee goes to School, by Mercy Owusu-Nimoh. Ghana Publishing Corporation
  • Koku Baboni, by Kola Onadipe. African Universities Press
  • Kwabena and the Leopard, by Geraldine Kaye. Oxford University Press
  • Little Big Ears: The Story of Ely, by Cynthia Moss. Simon and Schuster
  • The Lonely Black Pig, by Anne Matindi. East African Publishing House
  • The Magic Stone, by John M. Ibongia and M. Dobrin. East African Publishing House
  • The Magic Tree: A Tale from the Congo, by Gerald McDermott. Henry Holt & Company. New York
  • Masilo's Adventures, by B.L. Leshoai. Longmans
  • Master Weaver from Ghana, by Gilbert Ahiagle and Louise Meyer. Open Hand Publishing, LLC
  • Merry-Making, by Charity Waciuma. East African Publishing House
  • Mish-Mash and Other Stories, by Emeka Ajuba. Onibonoje Publishers (NIG.) Ltd. Ibadan
  • The Moon Watchers, by M.B.R. Savage and W.U. Walton. African Primary Science Program
  • More Adventures of Spider, by Joyce Cooper Arkhurst. Scholastic Book Services
  • Mother of Twins, East African Publishing House
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, by John Steptoe. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
  • Mwambu and the Monster, by Emmanuel Kamuli. Fountain Publishers Ltd. Kampala, Uganda
  • Mweru the Ostrich Girl, by Charity Waciuma. LIONCUB Book
  • The Mysterious Coat Button, by Lorraine Passovoy. Peradam Publishing House
  • Mystery History of a Pharaoh's Tomb, by Jim Pipe. Copper Beech
  • Mzee Nyachote, by Roeland Japuonjo. East African Publishing House
  • Nelson Mandela: Activist for Equality (Journey to Freedom Series), by Robert Green
  • The New Adventures of Ananse, by Samuel Kwesi Toprah. Academia Magazines, Accra
  • Ngoni's Dream and Other Stories, by Anne Edwards-Tack. Zimbabwe Publishing House
  • Njogu the Prophet, by Jamlick Mutua. East African Publishing House
  • No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa, by Tim McKee
  • Nyalgondho wuod-Ombare and the Lost Woman from Lake Victoria, by A Traditional Kenyan Tale. Jacaranda Designs, Ltd
  • Nyumba ya Mumbi: The Gikuyu Creation Myth, by Kariuki Gakuo. Jacaranda Designs
  • Omoteji's Baby Brother, by Mary-Joan Gerson. Henry Z. Walck, Inc
  • Only a Pigeon, by Jane and Christopher Kurtz. Simon & Schuster Books
  • The Orange Thieves and Other Stories, by Charity Dahal. East African Publishing House
  • The Ox of the Wonderful Horns and Other African Folktales, by Ashley Bryan. Atheneum, 1971
  • Papa and the Animals, by Joe de Graft Hanson. Ghana Publishing Corporation, 1973
  • The Pet Snake, by Dickson Mukunnyi. East African Publishing House
  • The Pink Pamanuen, by Ruth Farmer. The College Press
  • The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories, by Adowoa Badoe and Baba Wague Diakite. Groundwood Books
  • The Powerful Magician, by Daniel Irungu. East African Publishing House
  • The Proud Ostrich and Other Tales, by J.K. Njoroge. East African Publishing House
  • Queen Amina, by Anakye Wiredu. Ghana Publishing Corporation
  • The Rainbow-Tinted Scarf and Other Stories, by Cyprian Ekwensi. Evans Brothers Ltd, 1974
  • Samankwe and the Highway Robbers, by Cyprian Ekwensi. Evans Brothers Ltd, 1975
  • Shadow, by Marcia Brown. Aladdin Paperbacks
  • Senegal (Cultures of the World Series), by Elizabeth L. Berg
  • Sia lives on Kilimanjaro, by Astrid Lingren. The Macmillan Company
  • Sister Mercy Stories, by Pip McIntyre. Longman
  • Sosu's Call, by Meshack Asare. Sub-Saharan Publishers LTD
  • The Speck of Gold, by Cynthia Hunter. East African Publishing House
  • Spider and the Sky God: An Akan Legend, by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate. Troll Associates
  • Stories of Our Tanganyika Forefathers, by Innocent K. Kayombe. The Sheldon Press
  • The Story of Lightning & Thunder, by Ashley Bryan. Atheneum
  • The Sun and the Wind, by Anne Matindi. East African Publishing House
  • The Sun's Daughter, by Eliza M. Karioki. East African Publishing House
  • Take Me Home, by Nereas Gicoru. East African Publishing House
  • Tales of the Forest, by Thomas Decker. Evans Brothers Limited
  • Talking Drums of Africa, by Christine Price. Charles Scribner's Sons
  • The Tales of Wamugumo, by Peter Kuguru. East African Publishing House
  • The Talking Devil, by Leo Odera Omolo. East African Publishing Company
  • This for That, by Verna Aardema. Dial Books for Young Readers
  • The Three Men and the Bees, by P.K. Nhenga & B. Hurry. Mambo Press
  • The Three Sons, by Esthe Kavila. East African Publishing Company
  • Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta, by 1325-1354. Houghton Mifflin Comapny
  • Truphena: City Nurse, by Cynthia Hunter. East African Publishing House
  • Tubu (The Heritage of African Peoples), by Catherine Baroin
  • Twilight and the Tortoise, by Kule Akinsemoyin. African Universities Press, 1963
  • Umboko and the Hamerkop, by Richard Rayner. Baobab Books
  • A View of Life, by Charlotte Hartwig. 1977
  • Vusi Goes Back, by Rob Berold- ed. Prezanian Comix
  • The Water of Cure, by Ruwan Bagala. Northern Nigeria Publishing Company-- Zaria
  • W.E.B. Dubois (Journey to Freedom Series), by Don Troy
  • A Week in Aya's World: The Ivory Coast, by Marc and Evelyne Bernheim. Crowell-Collier Press
  • West Africa (Food & Festivals), by Alison Brownlie
  • West African Folk Tales, by Hugh Verno-Jackson. University of London Press LTD
  • The Wood-ash Stars, by Marguerite Poland. David Philip. Cape Town- Johannesburg
  • When the Stones Were Soft, by Eleanor B. Heady. Funk & Wagnalls
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, by Verna Aardema. Puffin Books, 1975
  • Why Spider Spins Tales, by Janet Palazzo. Troll
  • A Young Genius in Old Egypt, by Beatrice Lumpkin. Du Sable Museum Press. Chicago, IL
  • Zaire: A Week in Joseph's World, by Eliot Elisofon. Crowell-Collier Press

Books for Upper Elementary Level Readers

  • The Abandoned Hut, by Joseph Buruga. East African Publishing House
  • Afadhali Mchawi, by Graham Hyslop. Oxford University Press, Nairobi
  • An African Night's Entertainment, by Cyprian Ekwensi. African Universities
  • An Occasion in Traditional Life, by Paul J.J. Smith. The Center for Open Learning and Teaching, Inc. Berkeley, CA
  • Awakening in Addis, by Joyce M. Dubisch. InterCulture Associates
  • The Battlefield, by James Gatanyu. East African Publishing House
  • The Boy Slave, by Kola Onadipe. African Universities Press
  • The Breaking Branch, by Anderson Chibule. East African Publishing House
  • The Cow-Tail Swtch and other West African Stories, by Harold Courlander and George Herzog
  • The Cowrie Girls and Other Stories, by various authors. Ghana Publishing Corporation
  • Daughter of My People, Sing!, by Micere Githae Mugo. Kenya Literature Bureau
  • Eleven Folk Plays, by Joe Dankwa. Waterville Publishing House
  • An Eritrean Family, by Lois Anne Berg. Lerner Publications, 1997
  • The Fisherman, by Tom Okoyo. Heinemann Educational Books
  • Hamasi's Hardest Safari, by Anthony Cullen. East African Publishing House
  • Hamisi's Holiday Safari, by Anthony Cullen. East African Publishing House
  • Hammer Blows, by David Mandessi Diop. Heinemann
  • If You Want to Know Me, by Peggy L. Hlasey et al. Friendship Press
  • The Incorruptable Judge, by D. Olu Olagoke. Evans Brothers Ltd
  • Indaba: Lets Talk, by Sheila Bruton. Friendship Press
  • The Iroko-Man and the Wood-Carver, by D. Olu Olagoke
  • Isiburu: A Play, by Elechi Amadi. Heinemann, 1973
  • King Emene: Tragedy of a Rebellion, by Zulu Sofala. Heinemann Educational Books
  • The Last Laugh, by Nigel Brown. East African Publishing House
  • The Lawyer Who Bungled His Life, by Asare Konadu. Presbyterian Press
  • Let's Make a Play, by Margaret Macpherson & E.C.N. Kironde. The Eagle Press
  • A Liberian Family, by Stephen Chicone. Lerner Publications, 1997
  • Life is War, by D. Offei Darko. Presbyterian Press, 1965
  • The Lion and the Jewel, by Wole Soyinka. Oxford University Press
  • A Matter of Trust, by Manon L. Spitzer. InterCulture Associates, Thompson, Connecticut
  • Matters of Life and Death, by Lesego Malepe. Writer's Showcase
  • More Tales Out of School, by Nkem Nwankwo. African Universities Press
  • Murder in the Cassava Patch, by Bai T. Moore. N.V. Drukkerij Bosch
  • My Father's Daughter, by Mabel Segun. African Universities Press
  • The New Patriots, by R Sarif Easmon. Longmans
  • Odale's Choice, by Edward Brathwaite. Evans Brothers
  • The Play of the Shepherds, by Nigel Brown. East African Publishing House
  • Poems of Nature and Faith, by John S. Mbiti. East African Publishing House
  • A Prince of the Akans, by L.D. Apraku. Waterville Publishing House. Accra, Ghana
  • Promise, by Jedida Asheri. African Universities Press
  • Rhythmes--Poemes, by Philippe Elebe. Editions Du Mont Noir
  • The River that Changed its Course, by Shanwa. John and Alison Tedman (eds). Oxford University Press
  • The Scapegoat, by David Gachago. East African Publishing House
  • Shaka Zulu, by F.M. Mulikita. Longmans of Zambia
  • Short East African Plays, by David Cook & Miles Lee. Heinemann Educational Books
  • A Smell of Onions, by Peggy Appiah. Longman, 1970
  • South Africa (Culture of the World Series), by Ike Rosmarin
  • The Story of Ananse, told by Martin Owusu. Heinemann
  • A Sudanese Family, by Erika F. Archibald. Lerner Publications, 1997
  • The Survivors, by Gideon S. Were. Equatorial Publishers
  • Tales Out of School, by Nkem Nwankwo. African Universities Press
  • "To Hell With You!," by K. Nsiah-Bota. The Liberty Press Limited
  • To Know my Own, by Ellen Geer Sangster. Ghana Publishing Corporation
  • The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, by Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Micere Githae Mugo. Heinemann Kenya
  • The Tropical Dawn, by S. Okechukwu Mezu. Black Academy Press, INC
  • Tunisia (Cultures of the World Series), by Roslind Varghese Brown
  • Uganda (Cultures of the World Series), by Robert Barlas
  • West African Verse, by Donatus Ibe Nwoga. Longmans
  • The Wizard of Asamang, by Asare Konadu. Waterville Publishing House
  • Zambia (Cultures of the World Series), by Timothy Holmes

Books for Middle School Level Readers

  • Adamu and the Stolen Child, by Yar Kunama. George G. Harrap & Co. LTD
  • Adventure Across Africa, by William Radford & George Preen. East African Publishing House
  • The Adventures of Souza, by Kola Onadipe. African Universities
  • African and African American Folk Tales, by Bobie Mahon-Sharpe. Mahon-Sharpe
  • African Poetry for Schools, by W.L. Radford. East African Publishing House
  • African Helicon: A Poetry Anthology for African Schools, by Raymond Tong. Evans Brothers Limited, London
  • African Poetry for Schools: Book 1, by Noel Machin. Longman
  • African Poetry for Schools: Book 2, by Noel Machin. Longman
  • The Antelope Rises, by Louise Crane. InterCulture Associates, 1978
  • Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum, by Ashley Bryan. Atheneum
  • Beauty Queen, by Barbara Kimenye
  • The Boa Suitor, by Cyprian Ekwensi. Nelson
  • Bola and the Oba's Drummers, by Letta Schatz. McGraw-Hill Company
  • The Boy Doctor, by O. Okojie. Oxford University Press
  • The Burning Star of Ndutu, by Shawna. Oxford University Press
  • Captured by Raiders, by Benjamin Wegesa. East African Publishing House
  • Chike and the River, by Chinua Achebe. Cambridge University Press, 1966
  • A Children's Tree Book, by Adrian and Jimmy Storrs. Dulop Zambia Limited/Forest Department of Zambia
  • The Death of Lwanda Magere, by Oguda K'Okiri L.G. The Shield Series 2
  • Dibebe's Choice, by Thomas J. Larson. InterCulture Associates
  • L'Efant Noir (The Dark Child), by Camara Laye
  • Ego-Tripping and Other Poems for Young People, by Nikki Giovanni. Lawrence Hill & Co
  • End of the beginning, by Joel Kamani Makumi
  • English for Tanzanian Schools: Pupils' Book Four, by Ministry of Education. Longman Tanzania Ltd
  • Eze Goes to School, by Onoura Nzekwu & Michael Crowder. African Universities
  • Flying Doctor, by William Radford
  • Fools and Other Stories, by Njabulo S. Ndebele. Readers International
  • Growing up, by Deborah Manley. African Universities
  • Hamisi's Second Safari, by Anthony Cullen. East African Publishing House
  • How Namudiguli Saved her Sister, by Gerald M.M. Matovu. Fountain Publishers. Kampala, Uganda
  • The Hunter and the Hen, by Oladele Taiwo
  • The Hypocrite, by Rebeka Njau. Uzima
  • Jande's Ambition, by Asenath Odaga. East African Publishing House
  • Joseph haven't you got your bicycle yet?, by Jeanne Ngo Libondo. Heinemann
  • Journey to Jo'Burg, by Beverly Naidoo
  • The King's Heir, by Oladele Taiwo. Nelson
  • Laika and the Elephants, by P Sherfield. Zambia Publications Bureau
  • Legends of Northern Ghana, by D. St. John-Parsons. Longmans
  • Liberian Folklore: A Compilation of Ninety-Nine Folktales with Some Proverbs, by A. Doris Banks Henries. Macmillan
  • The Long Illness of Ex-Chief Kiti, by Micere Githae Mugo. East African Literature Bureau
  • The Marriage of Wisdom and Other Stories from Liberia, by Wilton Sankawulo. Heinemann
  • Mysterious Neighbours, by Mary Aldridge. Oxford University Press
  • New Broom at Amanzu, by Anezi Okoro. African Universities Press
  • Nigerian Folktales for Schools, by Olajire Olanlokun. Landmark Publications
  • No Condition Is Permanent, by Cristina Kessler
  • No Turning Back, by Beverly Naidoo. Harper -Trophy
  • Now I Know, by E.K.Mickson. The Publishing Corporation
  • Ohia and the Thief: Legends from West Africa, by Phillip Payne. Ginn
  • This Our Dark Country: The American Settlers of Liberia, by Catherine Reef. Clarion Book, 2002
  • The Path to Sanity, by Nii Yemoh Okampa Ofoli. Waterville Publishing House
  • The People of Elephant, by S. Shiri. Mambo Press
  • Peoples of North Africa, by The Diagram Group
  • A Place in the Sun, by Jill Rubalcaba. Clarion Books
  • The Returning Hunter, by Mario J. Azevedo. InterCulture Associates, 1978
  • Ruins of a Star, by Laury L. Ocen. Fountain Publishers. Kampala, Uganda
  • Salami and Musa, by E.V.K. Dzovo. Longman
  • The School Days of Shango Solomon, by A.C.V.B Tetteh-Lartey. Cambridge University Press
  • Segi Finds the Radio, by Ken Saro-Wiwa. Saros International Publishers
  • Senefer and Hatshepsut, by Beatrice Lumpkin. DuSable Museum Press
  • Senegal” FACES: The Magazine about People
  • Spirits of the Low Country, by Shanwa. Oxford University Press
  • A Strange Adventure and Other Stories, by Dorothy Winbush. Oxford University Press
  • Strangers No Longer, by Carole Ann Buchanan. InterCulture Associates, 1978
  • The Story of Nigerian Cattle, by Mary Tiffen. Evans Brothers Limited
  • The Story of Nigerian Groundnuts, by Mary Tiffen. Evans Brothers Limited
  • Sugar Girl, by Kola Onadipe. East African Publishing House
  • Sunshine after the Rain, by Rose Rwakasisi. Fountain Publishers
  • The Super Eight, by Pip McIntyre. Longman
  • Tales by Moonlight, Nigerian Television Authority
  • Tales from Sierra Leone, by Mohammed Yassin. Oxford University Press
  • Tales of Nso, by Daniel Lantum. African Universities Press
  • Tales of Old Malawi, by E. Singano and A.A. Roscoe. Popular Publication & Likuni Press and Publishing House
  • Talking Drums : A Selection of Poems from Africa South of the Sahara, by Veronique Tadjo. Bloomsbury
  • Tambari, by K.B. Tsaro-Wiwa. Longman-Nigeria
  • Tambari in Dukana, by K.B. Tsaro-Wiwa
  • Tears Over a Dead Cow and Other Stories, by Taita Towett. Equatorial Publishers LTD
  • Themba and the Crocodile, by Rowland Molony. Longman
  • Tit for Tat, by J.k. Njogore. East African Publishing House
  • The Torn Veil and Other Stories, by Phebean Itayemi & Mabel Dove-Danquah. Evans Brothers Ltd
  • The Tortoise Dreams, by Adrian Storrs. Neczam
  • The Twins of the Forest, by Neville Ukoli. Longman
  • Unoma, by Terasa Meniru, by Evans Brothers Ltd
  • The VillageSchool, by Anezi Okoro. African Unversities Press
  • The Villager's Son, by Asenath Odaga. Heinemann Educational Books
  • Vulture! Vulture! : Two Rhythm Plays, by Efua Sutherland. Ghana Publishing House
  • Why Ostriches Don't Fly and Other Tales from the African Bush, by I. Murphy Lewis. Libraries Unlimited
  • Yomi in Paris, by Audrey Ajose. Cambridge University Press
  • Yomi's Adventures, by Audrey Ajose. Cambridge University Press
  • Zambia Primary Course, by Curriculum Development Centre-- Ministry of Education. National Educational Company of Zambia Ltd

High school/Adult Level Readers

  • Abbyssian Chronicles, by Moses Isegawa. Vintage International
  • AESOP: Tales of Aethiop the African Vol. 1, by Jamal Koram. Sea Island Information Group, 1989
  • The African, by William Conton. Heinemann
  • African Creations: A Decade of Okike Short Stories, introduced by E.N. Obiechina
  • Aids in Africa: An African and Prophetic Perspective, by Mankekolo Mahlangu-Ngcobo
  • Ake: The years of Childhood, by Wole Soyinka. Vintage International
  • The aWAKE Project: Uniting against the African AIDS Crisis, by Jenny Eaton
  • The Brightening Shadow, by John Gay. Intercultural Press Inc
  • The Burnt-out Marriage, by R.S. Easmon. Nelson
  • A Calabash of Life, by Khadambi Asalache. Longmans
  • Cape Coast Castle : A Collection of Poems, by Kwadwo Opoku-Agyemang. Afram Publication (Ghana) Limited
  • Changes: A Love Story, by Ama Ata Aidoo. Afterword by Tuzyline Jita Allan. Feminist Press at CUNY
  • The Collector of Treasures and Other BotswanaVillage Tales, by Bessie Head
  • Distant View of A Minaret, by Alifa Rifaat. Heinemann
  • Efuru. Flora Nwapa
  • The Enemy Within, by Steve Jacobs. Heinemann
  • Epopees Africaines, by Morceaux Choisis. Bureau des Recherches Pedagogiques et des Programmes
  • Equiano's Travels, by Olaudah Equiano. Edited by Paul Edwards
  • The Famished Road, by Ben Okri. Anchor Books
  • Global Studies: Africa (9th Ed.), by F. Jeffress Ramsay
  • God's Bits of Wood, by Sembene Ousmane
  • A Grain of Wheat: The Classic Novel of Kenyan Independence, by Ngugi wa Thiong'o. Heinemann
  • The Great Ponds, by Elechi Amadi. Heinemann Educational Books
  • The Guizer: A Book of Fools, by Alan Garner. Greenwillow Books
  • Head Above Water, by Buchi Emecheta. Heinemann, 1994
  • The Insider: Stories of War and Peace from Nigeria, by Chinua Achebe, et al. Nkwanko-Ifejika & Co. Publishers. Enugu, Nigeria
  • I Will Marry when I Want, by Ngugi wa Thiong'o & Ngugi wa Mirii. Heinemann
  • King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa, by Adam Hochschild. Mariner Books, 1999
  • Kingsman & Foreman, by T.M. Aluko. Heinemann, 1966
  • KossohTown Boy, by Robert Wellesley Cole. Cambridge University Press, 1960
  • Les Bouts De Bois De Dieu, by Ousmane Sembene
  • Lion and the Jewel. Wole Soyinka
  • Lucy to Language, by Donald Johanson & Blake Edgar
  • Matins d’Afrique: le Quatrième livre de l’écolier African livre unique de français, by L. Groisard
  • Mayombe: A novel of the Angolan Struggle, by Pepetela. Heinemann
  • Mine Boy, by Peter Abrahams. Heinemann
  • More Than Once, by Clement Agunwa. Longmans
  • Nervous Conditions, by Tsitsi Dangaremba. Seal Press
  • Njangaan, by Cherif Adrame Seck
  • No Longer at Ease, by Chinua Achebe
  • No More the Round Mudhut: Voices of young Africa, by Willard E. Roth. Friendship Press
  • Obi, by John Munonye. Heinemann
  • Oil Man of Obange, by John Munonye. Heinemann
  • The Old Man and the Medal, by Ferdinand Oyono. Heinemann
  • The Only Son, by John Munonye. Heinemann
  • On Trial for My Country, by Stanlake Samkange. Heinemann
  • Our Dead Speak, by E.C.C. Uzodinma. Longmans
  • Plays from Folktales of Africa and Asia, by Barbara Winther. Plays Inc
  • Recipe for Disaster, by Lilian Tindyebwa. Fountain Publishers
  • Red Dust on the Green Leaves, by John Gay. InterCulture Associates
  • Refund My Bride Price, by John E. Eberegbulam Njoku. Vantage Press
  • Return to the Shadows, by Robert Serumaga
  • A Ride on the Whirlwind, by Sipho Sepamla. Heinemann
  • The Seasons of Thomas Tebo: A Vivid Allegory of Modern Uganda, byJohn Nagenda. Heinemann
  • Secrets: A Novel, by Nuruddin Farah. Penguin Books
  • Six Feet of the Country, by Nadine Gordimer. A Penguin Book
  • Smoldering Charcoal, by Tiyambe Zeleza. Heinemann
  • Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol, by Okot P’Bitek. Heinemann, 1973
  • Tensions, by R.C. Ntiru. East African Publishing House
  • Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
  • The Thousand, by Murray Carlin. Oxford University Press
  • Time of the Butchered, by Alex La Guma. Heinemann
  • The Torent, by Joseph Abruquah. Longmans
  • The Victims, by Isidore Okpewho. Longman, 1971
  • Visions of Africa, by Chinua Achebe et al. Kenya Literature Bureau
  • Waiting for the Barbarians, by J.M. Coetzee. Penguin Books
  • A Walk in the Night and Other Stories, by Alex La Guma. Northwestern University Press
  • We Went Hunting, by S.W. Anno
  • When I Awoke: Collection of Short Stories by Kenyan Students entering the 1966 Brooke Bond Essay Competition
  • Weep Not, Child, by James Ngugi. Collier Books
  • The Way We Lived, by Rems Nna Umeasiegbu. Heinemann Educational Books
  • Woman at Point Zero, by Nawal El Saadawi
  • Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, by Assia Djebar
  • The Wound, by Malick Fall. Heinemann
  • Your Madness, Not Mine Stories of Cameroon, by Makuchi. Ohio University Press, 1999