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Book recommendations pertaining to African History.

Ancient Africa | Medieval Africa | Modern Africa


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The history of Africa begins with the emergence of hominids, archaic humans and—at least 200,000 years ago—anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens), in East Africa, and continues unbroken into the present as a patchwork of diverse and politically developing nation states. The earliest known recorded history arose in Ancient Egypt, and later in Nubia, the Sahel, the Maghreb and the Horn of Africa.


Ancient Africa (200,000 BCE - 399 CE)

See Also: Ancient Egypt

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
When We Became HumansBright, Michael2019LE
MG
Prehistory5,000,000-250,000 BCEAfricaVariousEarly Man
Evolution
NFPB
The KinDickinson, Peter1998MG
YA
Prehistory200,000 BCEAfricaVariousStone Age
Ancient Africa
FN


Medieval Africa (400-1399)

Modern Africa (1400-Present)

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
HomegoingGyasi, Yaa2016YA
A
Age of Revolutions1775-2016Africa
North America
United StatesRacism
African American History
Atlantic Slave Trade
Great Migration
Civil Rights
F
OV
N
Leopold II: Butcher of the CongoOlson, Tod2008YA
UMG
Age of Revolutions1835-1909AfricaBelgium
Congo
Congo Free State
Leopold II
NF
Bio
CB
The Mirror at Midnight: A South African JourneyHochschild, Adam2007YA
A
Age of Revolutions1836–1839AfricaSouth AfricaColonial AfricaNFN
Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic HistoryGetz, Trevor R.2016YA
A
Industrial Age1876Gold CoastGhanaSlaveryNF
Bio
GN
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial AfricaHochschild, Adam1999YA
A
Industrial Age1885-1908AfricaBelgium
Congo
Congo Free State
Leopold II
NF
Bio
N
Black Dove White RavenWein, Elizabeth2015YA
A
Modern Age1930-1936Africa
North America
EthiopiaItalo-Ethiopian War
African History
FN
Idi Amin (A Wicked History 20th Century)Dougherty, Steve2010UMG
YA
Modern Age1946-2003AfricaUgandaUgandan ArmyNF
Bio
CB
Orange for the SunsetsAthaide, Tina2020MG
UMG
Modern Age1972AfricaUgandaImmigrationFN
First They Killed My FatherUng, Loung1999YA
A
Modern Age1975-1979AfricaCambodiaCambodian GenocideNF
Bio
B
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of KenyaNapoli, Donna Jo2010LEModern Age1977AfricaKenyaEnvironmentFPB
Journey To Jo'Burg: A South African StoryNaidoo, Beverley1985MGModern Age1980AfricaSouth AfricaApartheidFCB
Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a TimePark, Linda Sue2019LEModern Age1985-2009AfricaSudanSudanese Civil WarFPB
A Long Walk To WaterPark, Linda Sue2011MG
UMG
Modern Age1985-2009AfricaSudanSudanese Civil WarFCB
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our FamiliesGourevitch, Philip1999YA
A
Modern Age1994AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideNFB
Broken Memory: A Novel of RwandaCombres, Elisabeth2011UMGModern Age1994AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideFN
Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda SpeakHatzfeld, Jean2006AModern Age1994AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideNFB
Life Laid Bare: The Survivors in Rwanda SpeakHatzfeld, Jean2007AModern Age1994AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideNFB
Bill and Pete go Down the NileDePaola, Tomie1987LEEarly Civilization1987AfricaEgyptAncient EgyptF
HF
PB
When Stars Are ScatteredJamieson, Victoria
Mohamed, Omar
2020UMGModern Age1996-2011AfricaSomalia
Kenya
Somalian Civil War
Kenyan Refugee Camp
NF
Bio
OV
GN
Africa Is Not a CountryKnight, Margy Burns2002LEModern Age2000AfricaVariousAfrican ContinentNFPB
The Antelope's Strategy: Living in Rwanda After the GenocideHatzfeld, Jean2010AModern Age2003AfricaRwandaRwandan GenocideNFB
The Red PencilDavis Pinkney, Andrea2015MG
UMG
Modern Age2003-2011AfricaSudanSudanese RefugeesFN
Buried Beneath the Baobab TreeNwaubani, Adaobi Tricia2020YA
A
Modern Age2014AfricaNigeriaBoko HaramFN


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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel
M = memoir