African Heritage Children's Picture Books

Children’s books about Africa and the African diaspora are generally few and far between, particularly in the U.S. publishing industry. This book list was created by Readers Inspired with the goal of providing teachers, parents, researchers, and children’s literature enthusiast a comprehensive list of picture books with African heritage themes! We also hope this list will inspire publishers to address the significant gap of books about Africa and by African authors.

This book list is cataloged by the:

  • setting of the story,

  • country of origin of the main character or

  • country of origin of the authors.

There is also a section with books that are not country-specific and Pan-African. 

Book titles with an *asterisk were not written by an African or Black author.  This is done to promote books by African or Black authors while still sharing other stories with African leads or themes.

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Country Specific

Not Country Specific



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