Read the World – Africa {a few Favorite Living Books for Africa}

Alright.  Hi!  How’s it going?

Truth be told – this week we TOTALLY FAILED at ‘getting back into the groove’ I hoped to get into.  (IE: Reading way more, doing morning time, chores, etc.)

Umm… what was I thinking?

Why am I even attempting to get into any sort of groove the first week of July?

Our life this week can be summed up in two words – PURE SUMMER.  We were living the sunshine life this week, friends – and it was lovely.  And exhausting!  Come to think of it, we’ve been living this for the past 2 and a half weeks!

We had our good (kid) friends with us almost every day, spent 5 days (I think?) at various pools, and had company most of the week.  So, the reading I wanted to achieve didn’t exactly happen.  But a lot of other fun stuff DID happen, so I rest in that.

We did, however, get a couple great books in and reminded ourselves of Africa’s location on the map, and the location of the countries within Africa.

We have actually spent a TON of time over the past many years reading books from and about Africa, African people, and African culture.  I thought I’d share some of our favorites from this week and also a few of our favorite past reads.  Some are mentioned in Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin, some are not.  I will specify below.

Interested in following along with Read the World?  Here’s the link to the main Read the World page.

And here is the link to this week’s AFRICA page.

Favorite Reads {Africa}

Of course, this is by no means anywhere CLOSE to a complete list of the wonderful books we’ve read surrounding the topic of Africa, but I had to narrow it down -so here is a list based upon what we read this week and what was in Give Your Child the World (that we’ve also read) and some other faves.  Asking a book lover to choose favorites is like asking a Mama to choose favorites… IMPOSSIBLE.
From Give Your Child the World – 
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by K. Milway (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!)
Seeds of Change by J. Johnson
Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears by V. Aardema (available in audio)
Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales (available in audio)
Others –
Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter (FIAR title that we truly love)
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Cutis (I would recommend for older elementary children.  There are some intense parts, but this was one of our absolute favorite read-alouds from this year!  It is also available as an audio book.)

Next week – ASIA!  
PS.  Have you checked out my Pinterest board of Geography with Living Books?  I’m trying hard to keep adding more and more books to those Living Books boards… hope they are helpful!

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