Black Panther Inspiring You to Learn More? 5 Picture Books About Africa

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 Margaret Musgrove  (Author),‎ Leo Dillon (Illustrator),‎ Diane Dillon  (Illustrator)

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 Gail E. Haley  (Author, Illustrator)

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 Margy Burns Knight (Author),‎ Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator)

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 Donna Jo Napoli (Author),‎ Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

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 Laurie Ann Thompson  (Author),‎ Sean Qualls  (Illustrator)

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: 

Ayaby Marguerite Abouet  (Author),‎ Clément Oubrerie (Illustrator),‎ Helge Dascher (Translator)

Set in Ghana, these YA graphic novels show Africa as a place with differences but also MANY similarities to any American urban center.

Akata Witchby Nnedi Okorafor  (Author)

This story does not have images, but I had to include this magical tale of Nigeria. A compulsively-readable YA book.

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