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November 28, 2007

Children's books set in Africa

Congratulations to Sarah Mussi for her triumph in the Children's category of the 2007 Glen Dimplex Awards.

I read The Door of No Return earlier this year and really enjoyed it.

The surge of children's books set in Africa recently has been extraordinary. Was it really only last August that Amanda Craig commented in her Times column that it had been a long time since a children's author dared to write about Africa? That column elicited THIS BEAUT LETTER from my dear Mum (at a time when she was also going into Waterstones and carefully adjusting copies of 'Sophie and the Albino Camel' to make them more prominent - not that I've ever done that, of course!).

Since that time, there have been so many good children's books set in Africa that I am half afraid to list them, for fear of missing off a brace of classics. Here goes anyway:

Plus, of course, my own offerings are linked from the sidebar on this page.

Great to see Africa firmly back on the reading list. And well done to Glen Dimplex for having the courage to give the Children's Award to an Africa-based book two years running. Noice.

Posted by sahelsteve at November 28, 2007 10:12 PM