Children’s Africana Book Award Winners

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Winners 2015

The Red Pencil, Andrea Davis Pinkney (illustrated by Shane W. Evans)

Winners 2014

For older readers:

Africa Is My Home, A Child of the Amistad, Monica Edinger (illustrated by Robert Byrd)

Once Upon a Time in Ghana: Traditional Stories Retold in English, Anna Cottrell, Agbotadua Togbi Kumassah (illustrated by Kwabenu Possi)

For younger readers:

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

Winners 2013

For older readers:

Abina and the Important Men : A Graphic History, Getz, Trevor Getz and Liz Clarke

Far From Home, Na’ima Robert

For younger readers:

The Matatu, Eric Walters

Ostrich and Lark, Marilyn Nelson (illustrated by Botswana’s Kuru Art Project)

Hands Around the Library : Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books, Susan Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya

When I Get Older: The Story Behind Wavin’ Flag, K’naan with Sol Guy
*** K’naan’s single “Wavin’Flag” became the anthem of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 with its powerful words of hope. The song has crossed generations and borders and hit number one in nineteen countries.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
*** Boston University’s Resource Guide to The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Winners 2012

Stones for My Father, Trilby Kent

Street Level: A Collection of Drawings and Creative Writing Inspired by Dar es Salaam, Sarah Markes


Winners 2011

Seeds of Change, Jen Cullerton Johnson & Sonia Lynn Sadler

S is for South Africa, Beverley Naidoo & Prodeepta Das

Winners 2010

Pharaoh’s Boat, David L. Weitzman

Nelson Mandela: The Authorized Comic Book, Umlando Wezithombe

Burn My Heart, Beverley Naidoo

Trouble in Timbuktu, Cristina Kessler

Winners 2009

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, Katie Smith Milway & Eugenie Fernandes

Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai, Clair Nivola 

The Butter Man, Elizabeth Alalou, Ali Alalou & Julie Klear Essakalli

Winners 2008

Aya, Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie

Ikenna Goes to Nigeria, Ifeoma Onyefulu

A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah

Rise of the Golden Cobra, Henry T. Aubin

Wiil Waal: A Somali Folktale, Kathleen Moriarty & Amin Amir


Winners 2007

The Illustrator’s Notebook, Mohieddin Ellabbad

I Lost my Tooth in Africa, Penda and Baba Wague Diakite

My Father’s Shop, Satomi Ichikawa

Winners 2006

Mzungu Boy, Meja Mwangi

How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt, Tamara Bower

The Old African, Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney

Empires of Medieval West Africa, David Conrad

The Ancient Kushites, Liz Sonneborn

Winners 2005

Here Comes Our Bride!, Ifeoma Onyefulu

Chanda’s Secrets, Allan Stratton

Circle Unbroken: The Story of a Basket and its People, Margot Theis Raven & E. B. Lewis

The Heaven Shop, Deborah Ellis

Talking Drums, Veronique Tadjo


Winners 2004

Babu’s Son, Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen and Aaron Boyd

Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict & Hope, Beverley Naidoo

Once Upon a Time, Niki Daly

The Magic Gourd, Baba Wague Diakite

Saba: Under the Hyena’s Foot, Jane Kurtz


Winners 2003

Fatuma’s New Cloth, L. Bulion & N. Tadgell

Sosu’s Call, M. Asare

Silly Mammo, G. Yohannes


Winners 2002

What’s Cooking, Jamela?, N. Daly


Winners 2001

Africa is Not a Country, M.B. Knight & M. Melnicove


Winners 2000

My Rows and Piles of Coins, T. Mollel


Winners 1999

Master Weaver from Ghana, G. Ahiagble, L. Meyer & N. Hernandez

Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia, W. Paye & M. H. Lippert

Halala Means Welcome: A Book of Zulu Words, K. Wilson-Max

No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa, T. McKee & A. Blackhaw


Winners 1998

No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa, Beverley Naidoo

Only a Pigeon, Jane & Christopher Kurtz


Winner 1997

The Day Gogo Went to Vote, E. Sisulu


Winners 1996

Middle Passage, T. Feelings

The New King, D. Rappaport

Boundless Grace, M. Hoffman

Big Boy, T. Mollel


Winners 1995

The Captive, J. Hansen

It Takes a Village, J. Cowen-Fletcher

The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, P. & F. McKissack

The African Mask, J. Rupert


Winners 1994

No award given.


Winners 1993

Sundiata: Lion King of Mali, D. Wisniewski


Winners 1992

The Origin of Life on Earth: An African creation myth, D. Anderson

Apartheid: Calibrations of Color, P. McSharry and R. Rosen



No award given. This was the first year of the award process.