Listen To The Voices Of Africa

Children and their families are invited to join our program to celebrate Black History Month. Please be aware that space is limited for all programs. The safety of the children we serve is our first consideration. Room capacity, as determined by the fire Marshall, as well as our desire for a high quality program experience, may necessitate limits.

If you are not able to make the program, you might want to check out a few of the books that I have listed below to share with those you love. 

 

 

 Too Much Talk by Angela Shelf Medearis  

A retelling of a traditional West African tale about a king who refuses to believe that yams, fish, and cloth can talk until his throne agrees with him.

Anansi and The Moss Covered Rock  retold by Eric A. Kimmel 

Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick allthe other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.

For More Mature Listeners & Readers

Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story  by Pete Seeger  

Banished from the town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant Abiyoyo disappear.

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales [sound recording].

Winner of the 2010 Audie for Audiobook of the Year, Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is truly extraordinary. The stories were chosen by the Nobel Laureate himself, from every region of Africa. "We hope this audiobook will be enjoyed by people of all ages across the globe, increasing awareness of Africa's rich cultures while creating a better future for South Africa's most vulnerable children," said ANSA Executive Director Sharon Gelman .

In his original foreword for the folktales, Nelson Mandela wrote, "It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller may never die inAfrica, that all the children of the world may experience the wonder of books." The audiobook brings his vision full circle, as these timeless tales return to the oral tradition to be heard around the world.
 Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales [Book]

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is a cause for celebration, landmark work that gathers in one volume many of Africa's most cherished folktales. What is particularly exciting about this book is that many of the stories, in their oral form, are almost as old as Africa itself. Most of them were, in fact, first told in various African tongues around evening fires in centuries past.  Accompanied by dozens of enchanting, specially commissioned color paintings, Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales, culled from African countries as far-flung as Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya presents a fountain of precious knowledge that will be treasured by children, as well as adults, for years to come.