The Best African Children's Book That Will Make You Happy and build cultural competency
I remember my dad telling the story of his coworker’s daughter asking him if people lived on trees in Africa. He had to explain to the daughter of an engineer that no, there are actually houses and streets and cars and stores in Africa, just like here. People live in homes, just like here. But yes children in Africa like to climb trees, just like little children here and everywhere in the world!
Now this is an extreme case of ignorance 40 years ago in post-war Germany but I honestly believe crazy prejudices like that are unfortunately not that far fetched even now. The reason for prejudices and ignorance is often a lack of information or the omission of topics in our textbooks.
And that is why I love Anna Hibsicus. This little fun-loving sweet and smart girl introduces us readers to a diverse and beautifully rich world of Africa versus to (what we so often encounter in children's book) African landscapes, starving babies and safaris. Anna Hibiscus teaches our children what living in Africa is like. She covers heaps of fun, love and joy but the author skillfully understands to also weave in hardships that are unique to Anna Hibiscus’ context.
California based Ghanaian-German educator, writer, bookworm and mama of three. A lover of all things nature, diversity & healthy.
"Education is nothing else than discovery.
And discovery full of diversity is beautiful."
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My name is Nancy. I'm a teacher, home educator, wife, mother, writer and accidental German-Ghanaian transplant to the U.S., in love with California and all things diversity.