I received so many great picture book suggestions for my first list, 10 Great Picture Books to Learn About Africa, that I had to include them on a new list. So here it is. Part Two: 10 More Great Picture Books To Learn About Africa.
This new list highlights seemingly ordinary people who find ways to help people in extraordinary ways. Other books on this list showcase empathy and helping others. It is my hope that this list inspires kids that they can change the world.
10 Picture Books About Africa That Teach Empathy
10. 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy,
In Kenya, Kimeli comes home to his Maasai village after studying abroad. He has something important to discuss with his village elders. He remembers 9/11 and the suffering in New York. To the Maasai, the cow is life. Kimeli offers his only cow Enkarûs; others join him in this ultimate sacrifice. Together they gift fourteen precious cows for America “because there is no nation so powerful that it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small that they cannot offer mighty comfort.” This is based on the true story of Kimeli Naiyomah. [picture book, ages 5 and up]
9. Growing Peace: A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony by Richard Sobol
In a village in Uganda, farmers work together at a coffee growers co-op called Peace Kawomera (Delicious Peace). What is unusual is this is an interfaith farming cooperative with Christians, Jews and Muslims all working together.
Not too long ago, Uganda had a series of civil wars and people of all religious faced persecution. When Ugandan musician, J. J. Keki visited the United States, he witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attack, and it prompted him to start this farming co-op. As of 2016, there were more than 1,000 farmers growing and selling their coffee collectively through Peace Kawomera. [advanced nonfiction picture book, ages 7 and up]