Ghana Resources

All of the items below can be borrowed for free from Boston University’s
African Studies Center Outreach Program.
We’re also happy to get email and phone queries :
Africa@bu.edu
617-353-7303

 

Elementary Fiction (Reading level – Grade 2)
A number of these books come from Ghana!

A Story, A Story – Gail Haley

Abena and the Rock - Varna Wilkins

All About Me – Pamela Aba Woode

Amoko & Efua Bear – Sonia Appiah

Anansi the Spider – G. McDermott

Anno’s Kite – Julie Campbell

I Like Fish- Marianna Brandt

In the Small, Small Night – Jane Jurtz

Hello! – Barbara Baddoo

Kofi and His Magic – Maya Angelou

Mansa Helps at Home – Meshack Asare

Meliga’s Day – Mashack Asare

Miss John – Yaw Ababio Boateng

One Hen – Katie Smith Milway

Salamatu and Kandoni Go Missing- Steve Brace

Sosu’s Call – Meshack Asare

Tales of an Ashanti Father – Peggy Appiah

Tawaia Goes to Sea – Meshack Asare

The Brassman’s Secret – Meshack Asare

The Canoe’s Story – Meshack Asare

The Dancing Joromi – James Ebo Whyte

The Fire Children – Eric Maddern

The Freightened Theif – Amu Djoleto

Twins in Trouble – Amu Djoleto

 

Non Fiction

For teachers: we recommend several fine middle school books, among them: 

Ghana – Steve Brace

Africa is Not a Country – Margy Burns Knight

Deron Goes to Nursery School – Ifeoma Onuefulu

Enchantment of the World: Ghana – Martin Hintz

Grandma Comes to Stay – Ifeoma Onyufulu

I am River Densu - Alexander Yankah

Master Weaver from Ghana – Gilbert “Bobbo” Ahiagble

Nii Kwei’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Ghanaian City – Francis Provencal

Reading Goals Book 1 (Ghanaian textbook for children) - Peter Shuter

Reading Goals Book 2 (Ghanaian textbook for children) by and about Michael Essien (the world famous Ghanaian soccer player)

The Drums Speak: The Story of Kofi – M. Bernheim

Value of Adinkra Symbols – Adolph H. Agbo

Welcome Dede: an African naming ceremony – Ifeoma Onyefulu

 

Teaching posters: 

“How Big Is Africa?” w/ lessons for all ages (published & sold by Boston University’s African Studies Center)

“Do Africans See Wildlife? Their Answers May Surprise You!” (published & sold by Boston University’s African Studies)

 

 

Lessons

Adinkra- Cathy Growrey

Choc-a-lot – Louise Robinson

Step into Africa: elementary level activities using Africa is Not a Country – Caroline Starbird

The Chocolate Trade Game

 

DVDs for Elementary School:

Inside Africa: Introducing the Continent and Its People (published & sold by Boston University’s African Studies Center)

Georgiana Williams of Ghana

Families of Ghana

 

Traveling Kit: the Ghana Kids Kit (available for sale nationally from Boston University’s African Studies Center. Schools in the Boston area can come to borrow a kit for free.)

For details and a photo: http://www.bu.edu/africa/outreach/resources/ghana-kit/

 

Objects to borrow from Boston University’s African Studies Center

Clothing for children and adults, including school uniforms

Homemade soccer ball

Homemade trucks–made by children

Kente Cloths

Mankala in beautifully carved wood

 

Additional Materials

Short handouts & lesson plans on Ghana for different grade levels

 

Beautiful “table top” books for you to enjoy and maybe show to students: 

Gold of the Akan from the Glassel Collection- Doran H. Ross

Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identity- Doran H. Ross