Take your little one on a pretend trip with these books about Africa. There are silly stories, heartwarming stories, and nonfiction books too.
Help your little ones learn about new places and cultures by reading stories from African countries and books about Africa. Preschoolers love to compare their lives to other people. These books about Africa help your little learners to see that how they live isn’t the same as how people around the world live.
These books pair perfectly with a preschool around the world unit study or with an Africa unit. Read some stories and do some crafts together to help your little ones to take in the new places they are learning about. Some of these books about Africa even have recipes in the back to try!
Keep reading to discover some wonderful books about Africa for preschoolers.
Books About Africa for Preschoolers
Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country by Atinuke
Introduce your little ones to the many countries that make up Africa with this fact-filled picture book. Written as if it is being told by a Nigerian storyteller, this book is sure to spark some great questions.
The Water Princess by Susan Verde
Georgie and her friends have to walk for miles each day to bring fresh water back to their village. Rooted in a true story, this inspiring story teaches about an ongoing issue of how people get clean drinking water.
My African Vacation by Ozi Okaro
After hearing about the wonders of Africa, Arinze and his sister Cheta finally get to travel to Africa on a family vacation and explore many different things while they are there. The vibrant photograph-like images help to bring this sweet story to life.
Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke
Come along with Baby as he goes to the market in Nigeria with his Mama. While Mama is busy shopping, Baby takes in the sights (and some other items) that are all around him. This book is full of color images and subtle counting practice.
We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs
Go on a safari through Tanzania with Arusha, Mosi, Tumpe, and their friends. Learn different safari animals and the numbers from one to ten in Swahili.
The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella
Travel along with this red bicycle as it goes from being in the United States to different people in Africa. Each place it goes, it gets a new name and helps the person using the bicycle to do something different. This book will help your little one see that each person showing empathy helped many other people.
Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin
Even though Adika’s family doesn’t have much, he still is eager to invite people over for a big pancake dinner. See how this Kenyan village pulls together to share even though they have little to give.
Ostrich and Lark by Marilyn Nelson
An unexpected friendship blossoms between Ostrich and Lark. This story is told in a poem-like form and has beautiful pictures.
Rain School by James Rumford
Thomas and the other kids show up to school on the first day eager to learn in Chad, Africa. When they get to the school, there is no building but only a teacher. After learning how and helping to build his school from the ground up, Thomas can enjoy school until a big rainstorm that tears his school down.
Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert
This silly book will have your little one laughing as it tells the story of how the head became attached to the body. It’s a short book but has a great message about working together.
Stories about Africa
Gather up your favorite books about Africa to make a wonderful homeschool unit study for your preschoolers. Books are a great way to help your little one to learn empathy for different cultures and traditions.