Black Panther is a well-made blockbuster. The art and design draw from many different cultures in Africa. Your family might be aching for more information and images about Africa. This list offers some of the best.
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, by
This book uses the alphabet to help you explore different cultures in Africa. Exploring the realistic illustrations will be particularly enjoyable as many will look like fashions in the movie.
A Story, a Story, by
This Caldecott honor book is a good read-aloud and also shows some nice images of rural Africa that are similar to the border parts of Wakanda.
Africa Is Not A Country, by
There are many myths about Africa that are cleared up in this well-done explainer book.
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya, by
This real story about the ecosystem of Kenya shows the richness of African textiles as well as tells an important story.
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by
Love this real-life tale that shows Africa as urban and industrious.
Also for elementary kids:
The Great Cake Mystery, Alexander McCall Smith
Set in Botswana, the children’s version of the Number One Lady’s Detective Agency includes charming images and always has a sound moral.
And, for YA Audiences:
Set in Ghana, these YA graphic novels show Africa as a place with differences but also MANY similarities to any American urban center.
Akata Witch, by
This story does not have images, but I had to include this magical tale of Nigeria. A compulsively-readable YA book.