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Children's Africana Book Awards Winners 2018

In 1991, Africa Access, in collaboration with the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association, created the Children's Africana Book Awards. The awards are designed to encourage the publication of accurate, balanced children's materials on Africa, to recognize literary excellence, and to acknowledge the research achievements of outstanding authors and illustrators. Collectively CABA winners show that Africa is indeed a varied and multifaceted continent.

Africa Access Review has announced this year's winners of the Children's Africana Book Award. All of these books are available to borrow free of charge from the African Studies Center. We will also pay the shipping both directions. The information in this Newsletter is reprinted from reviews on the Africa Access Review site. The ASC recommends this site as a very helpful way to determine if a book you are considering is appropriate, as well as to find recommendations for books you will want to use in your classroom.


When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina is the 2018 winner of the CABA Best Book Award for Older Readers. The book is written from the points-of-view of four young people living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto in 1976.

When Morning Comes is a multi-faceted novel that covers many important themes: the segregation of Black, White, and Indian racial groups in apartheid South Africa; the intelligence and determination of Black youth to plan and execute a political movement; adolescent idealism to give up all for a cause they passionately believe in; interracial cooperation; and a love triangle. Arushi Raina employs plot, characterization, and narrative style to advance the above themes with sophistication.

Told through the first-person voices of four young revolutionaries, the story weaves back and forth from the opulent homes of the privileged Whites, to the poverty and overcrowding of Soweto, and to the in-between world of the Indian community. Through the first-person voices of these characters we learn that they are further separated because of the biases, stereotypes, and experiences they have been exposed to about other races.


Several books received the 2018 CABA Best Book Award for Young Readers. These include Baby Goes to Market written by Atinuke and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank; Grandma's List written by Portia Dery and illustrated by Toby Newsome; and Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song written by Kathryn Erskine and illustrated by Charly Palmer.

Mama Africa! is a biography of Makeba, a Grammy-winning South African singer. The book creatively articulates Miriam Makeba's role as a political activist through her voice as a musician. The author illustrates that Miriam expressed herself through her songs. She sang in church, and sang not only to entertain but also to expose injustices of apartheid South Africa to her fellow countrymen and the whole world. The illustrations are ingenious and appealing. Images are used to depict racial discrimination that explains the South African history during apartheid that denied blacks access to amenities.

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