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Booklists and Resources K - 8

Looking for Africa-related books to incorporate into your K-8 classroom?
Here's a list of websites and selected books you can use to introduce your students to contemporary Africa.  

Websites with a specific focus on: 

Social justice issues - 

Teaching tolerance -

History and prejudice  - 

Books for K-3 Students 

I lost my tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite and Baba Wague Diakite (2006) - Age 3+
A good book to talk about migration, home away from home, and the similarities we share as people, albeit draped in cultural varieties.


Mama Panya's Pancakes by Mary Chamberlin, Rich Chamberlin, and Julia Cairns (2006) age 4+
Placed in Kenya, this book sets an ideal context to talk about sharing and to introduce Kiswahili. 

I Know That! by Maryanne Bester and Shayle Bester (2014) Jacana Books, age 4+
This book continues the Bester sisters' series featuring Gaps, the Nguni Calf. I Know That! teaches youngsters the value of reading, books, and learning.
Alternatively, the book provides an opportunity to talk about Nguni cattle and how they might differ from cattle elsewhere in the world. 




Expert instruction in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof at the beginning and intermediate levels will be offered over eight weeks in June-July 2018.

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships

The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. Visit to learn more. 

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