Historical Fiction: African Folktales


[This is a subtopic of Africa  and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers.  For the full list and to see more info, click here.]

Lower Grades (K-3)

  1. The Adventures of Spider: West African Folk Tales-Arkhurst (4.4/1)
  2. The Amazing Tree-Kilaka (3.7/0.5)
  3. Anansi and the Box of Stories-Krensky (3.2/0.5)
  4. Anansi and the Magic Stick-Kimmel (2.4/0.5)
  5. Anansi and the Pot of Beans-Norflolk (2.9/0.5)
  6. Anansi and the Tug o’ War-Norfolk (2.7/0.5)
  7. Anansi and Turtle Go to Dinner-Norfolk (2.7/0.5)
  8. Anansi Does the Impossible! An Ashanti Tale-Aardema (3.2/0.5)
  9. Anansi Goes Fishing-Kimmel (2.3/0.5)
  10. Anansi’s Party Time-Kimmel (2.0/0.5)
  11. Beautiful Blackbird-Bryan (3.7/0.5)
  12. Brother to the Wind-Walter (3.4/0.5)
  13. Calabash Cat: And His Amazing Journey-Rumford (3.3/0.5)
  14. The Clever Monkey Rides Again-Cleveland (3.3/0.5)
  15. The Clever Monkey: A Folktale from West Africa-Cleveland (2.7/0.5)
  16. The Coming of Night-Riordan (4.0/0.5)
  17. Crocodile and Hen: A Bakongo Folktale-Lexau (2.2/0.5)
  18. The Fire: An Ethiopian Folk Tale-Janisch (3.2/0.5)
  19. The Fire Children: A West African Creation Tale-Maddern (3.8/0.5)
  20. Fly Eagle, Fly! An African Tale-Gregorwoski (3.8/0.5)
  21. The Frog King: An African Folktale-St. John (3.1/0.5)
  22. Give Up, Gecko! A Folktale from Uganda-MacDonald (1.7/0)
  23. The Great Tug of War-Naidoo (4.3/2)
  24. The Hatseller and the Monkeys-Diakite (4.1/0.5)
  25. The Heart of a Friendship: An East African Folktale-Arrington (2.7/0.5)
  26. How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have? A Retelling of the Classic Folktale-Jones (2.4/0.5)
  27. How the Leopard Got His Claws-Achebe (3.5/0.5)
  28. How Zebras Got Their Stripes-Sims (1.2/0.5)
  29. In the Rainfield: Who Is the Greatest?-Olaleye (2.5/0.5) (Nigeria)
  30. The Leopard and the Sky God-Mackinnon (2.2/0.5)
  31. The Lion and the Hare: An East African Folktale-Krensky (3.1/0.5)
  32. The Lion’s Whiskers-Day (4.0/0.5) (Ethiopia, Amhara people)
  33. The Lion’s Whiskers and Other Ethiopian Tales-Ashabranner (5.5/3)
  34. Mabela the Clever-MacDonald (2.8/0.5)
  35. Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria-Shepard (3.0/0.5)
  36. The Matatu-Walters (3.6/0.5)
  37. The Mean Hyena: A Folktale from Malawi-Sierra (3.2/0.5)
  38. Mee-An and the Magic Serpent: A Folktale from Mali-Diakite (4.4/0.5)
  39. The Mother of Monsters: A Story from South Africa-Parnell (3.5/0.5)
  40. The Night Has Ears-Bryan (4.2/0.5)
  41. Oh, Kojo! How Could You! An Ashanti Tale-Aardema 93.4/0.5)
  42. The Parade: A Stampede of Stories about Ananse, the Trickster Spider-Kojo (4.8/1)
  43. The Perfect Orange: A Tale from Ethiopia-Araujo
  44. Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale-Aardema (3.3/0.5)
  45. Running Rhino-Hadithi (3.1/0.5)
  46. The Sabbath Lion: A Jewish Folktale from Algeria-Schwartz (5.1/0.5)
  47. Sebgugugu the Glutton: A Bantu Tale from Rwanda-Aardema (3.4/0.5)
  48. Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story-Medearis (3.9/0.5)
  49. Shadow-Cendrars (3.2/0.5)
  50. Sivu’s Six Wishes-Daly (4.5/0.5)
  51. Song Bird-Mollel (4.4/0.5)
  52. Song of the Kalahari-Ernst (3.9/0.5)
  53. The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth-Musgrove (4.4/0.5)
  54. The Sticky Doll Trap-Souhami (2.8/0.5)
  55. Subira Subira-Mollel (3.9/0.5)
  56. Table for Two-Cartwright (2.5/0.5)
  57. The Talking Vegetables-Paye (2.5/0.5
  58. This for That: A Tonga Tale-Aardema (3.2/0.5)
  59. To Dinner, For Dinner-Mollel (4.0/0.5)
  60. The Tortoise’s Gift: A Story from Zambia-Don (3.5/0.5)
  61. True Friends: A Tale from Tanzania-Kilaka (3.3/0.5)
  62. Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale-Dee (3.3/0.5)
  63. When the Sky Is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale-Gerson (4.5/0.5)
  64. Why the Crab Has No Head-Knutson (3.8/0.5) (Zaire, Bakongo people)
  65. Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky-Dayrell (3.1/0.5)
  66. Young Mouse and Elephant: An East African Folktale-Farris (3.4/0.5)

 

Middle Grades (4-8)

  1. Africa-Parker (4.8/1)
  2. African Mythology-Ollhoff (5.5/0.5)
  3. African Myths and Legends-Chambers (5.1/1)
  4. African Myths and Legends-Ardagh (5.6/2)
  5. Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum-Bryan (3.9/1) (Nigeria)
  6. The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories-Courlander (4.8/3)
  7. The Girl Who Married a Ghost: And Other Tales from Nigeria-Onyefulu (5.0/2)
  8. Hausaland Tales from the Nigerian Marketplace-McIntosh (5.8/3)
  9. Kwian and the Lazy Sun-Lilly (4.1/0.5)
  10. The Lion’s Whiskers and Other Ethiopian Tales-Ashabranner (5.5/3)
  11. Marriage of the Rain Goddess-Wolfson (4.8/0.5) (Zulu)
  12. Mella and the N’anga: An African Tale-Nyoka (5.8/6) (Zimbabwe)
  13. Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa-Aardema (5.0/2)
  14. The Ogress and the Snake and Other Stories from Somalia-Laird (4.2/2)
  15. The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories-Badoe (5.5/1)
  16. Spider and His Son Find Wisdom-Lilly (3.9/0.5)
  17.  Sunjata: Warrior King of Mali-Fontes (3.7/0.5)
  18. Tales of Africa-Tolson (3.6/1)
  19. Tales of Africa II-Hall (3.3/1)
  20. Warrior Son of a Warrior  Son-Lilly (4.0/0.5)
  21. Zimani’s Drum: A Malawian Tale-Lilly (4.2/0.5)

 

 

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