Nataka Children's Book Collection 01 : African Stories and Others Tales

Updated: Jul 5

We have put together a collection of nine books which feature the best of African storytelling, are fun to read for the little ones and adults alike who read to them. The collection focuses only on stories that captivate young readers and make them laugh with the collection being diverse. These books are for supply as a collection. Let us know here.

1. I Am Nefertiti

When Nefertiti plays the drums, the band plays as one. "I am Nefertiti" she says, and she feels ten feet tall. But when the new music teacher shortens her name to 'Nef', bit by bit, she starts to shrink. Without Nefertiti to keep the beat, the band is in disarray . . . "I am Nefertiti!" she whispers to herself.

Drawing on her inner strength and with the support of the other children, they help Miss Potts recognise the importance of honouring Nefertiti's name. Now, when Nefertiti keeps the beat, the music sounds so sweet! A heartwarming, joyous, empowering story of identity and belonging.

2. Anansi and the Golden Pot

'Anansi and the Golden Pot' is a re-imagining of the fairy tale of Anansi the spider. The youngest boy in the family, Kweku, is cheeky like the spider, and is nicknamed Anansi. Kweku makes a magical discovery but will he share his findings? Sharing is caring.

3. The Best Diwali Ever

'The Best Diwali Ever' is a book about celebration and everyone is invited. Most books which try to introduce important cultural events stop at descriptions and can never move beyond that. This book celebrates Diwali through a story. A wonderful achievement made possible by focusing on storytelling. Makes you want to attend the next Diwali !

4. The Queen on our Corner

'The Queen on our Corner' is about an old lady most people never notice except for a little girl. No one notices the queen until they need her. An easy to follow story loved by young readers which explains all the different people and movements in a busy city. Communities remain united.

5. Queen Yaa Saves the Golden Stool

'Queen Yaa Saves the Golden Stool' is a fun and inspirational story based on Queen Yaa Asantewaa, the responsible leader of the Ashanti Kingdom. A brave queen who goes the extra mile to protect her people and culture.

6. Queen Kitami Makes Friends

'Queen Kitami Makes Friends' is a fun and inspirational story based on Queen Kitami, the playful leader of Mpororo, Uganda. A courageous queen who learns how to make new friends, and be a good friend too!

7. Queen Moremi Makes a Promise

'Queen Moremi Makes a Promise' is a fun and inspirational story based on a real-life Yoruba queen, Olori Moremi, who lived over 800 years ago in modern-day Nigeria. This is a playful story about a popular queen who learns the importance of keeping a promise!

8. Mysterious Melody

Twins Naniso and Shinga live in England. They find each other annoying, but when it comes to the crunch, they always have each other's back. When they are both awakened in the early hours of the morning by a mysterious melody, they join forces to find the source. This is an exploration of their Zimbabwean heritage.

9. Tarirai's Choice

Tarirai, a young guardian, is tasked with waking up the twins Naniso and Shinga, before their heritage is lost and forgotten. But Tarirai does not remember which instrument to play, and is in such dismay !

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