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6 Non-Fiction Books That Teach Kids About Africa




It is the end of summer and kids are back in school, so there's no better time than now to crank up the learning and dive into some non-fiction literature. See our list below of non-fiction books that teach kids about Africa.


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1) When The World Was Black: The Untold History of the World's First Civilizations.

This book covers more than 200,000 years of Black history across every square inch of the Planet Earth.



2) Africa (A True Book: The Seven Continents)

Africa is often called the Cradle of Humankind. Millions of years ago, it was home to the very first humans, and today it remains a vibrant land filled with diverse cultures.

A True Book: The Seven Continents series dives into the many components that make each continent distinctive and exceptional. Readers will get to know each continent's geography, history, wildlife, and future outlook. This series includes an age-appropriate (grades 3-5) introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects and a robust resource section that encourages independent study. Readers will tour Africa's varied landscape and get a close look at its many iconic plants and animals. They will also learn about the continent's history and discover how its people live today.



3) Ancient Africa: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Africa's Past

Archaeology reveals the rich histories of complex cultures in the cradle of humankind. Study the Dogon people of Mali. Explore the ancient city of Jenne-jeno. Learn how computer technology has recreated the Kushite temples at Jebel Barkal and how artifacts bring new insights, helping scientists to piece together the puzzle of ancient Africa. National Geographic supports K-12 educators with ELA Common Core


4) African History for Kids: A Captivating Guide to the History of Africa

In this book, you will travel through the vast continent of Africa. Journey back to ancient times, and discover one of the earliest and most famous civilizations, ancient Egypt. We will then travel through the Middle Ages, discovering some of the largest empires in Africa to ever exist. Discover how Africa has shaped the world as we know it and how the transatlantic slave trade led to the largest, long-distance, forced migration of people in history.


5) The Ultimate Book of African Animals

Join this amazing team to learn all about Africa's unique wildlife, including lions, elephants, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, hippos, gorillas, rhinos, and so many more! With so many species showcased, this book leaves no grain of sand unturned and no jungle unexplored! Inside you'll find animals of all behaviors, shapes, and sizes, from the tiny bombardier beetle to the sneaky desert viper to mischievous monkeys and elusive Ethiopian wolves.


6) Legendary African Queens: A Coloring Book For All Ages

This coloring book is a celebration of the amazing (and sometimes controversial) contributions of African queens throughout history. These queens fought wars, led armies, negotiated treaties, stood up for what they believed in, and more. Some of the queens are popular so you may have heard of them before, and some are lesser-known.



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