Children’s Africana Book Award 2015


the-red-pencilAfrica Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association have announced the 2015 Children’s Africana Book Award winning title. The selection is The Red Pencil by Andrea Pinkney and Shane Evans.

The Children’s Africana Book Awards are designed to encourage the publication of accurate, balanced children’s materials on Africa, to recognize literary excellence and to acknowledge the research achievements of outstanding authors and illustrators. As Africa Access notes on its website,

Collectively CABA winners show that Africa is indeed a varied and multifaceted continent. CABA titles expand and enrich our perspectives of Africa beyond the stereotypical, ahistorical, and exotic images that are emphasized in the West.

The first Children’s Africana Book Award was presented in 1992.

Teaching for Change is pleased to serve as a partner for the 2015 Children’s Africana Book Award ceremony in October. We have collaborated with Africa Access for many years, including on the article for Teaching Tolerance, “I Never Knew There Were Cities in Africa” and a recommended booklist for teaching about Africa.

Teaching for Change executive director Deborah Menkart noted that,

While the Africana Book Awards usually select a picture book and young adult book, this year there is just one title. This reflects the continued scarcity of children’s books being published with positive and accurate images of African countries. We must redouble our efforts to demand that publishers fill this gap.

The award ceremony will be held in D.C. and is free and open to the public. Nationally, teachers and parents can encourage schools and libraries to order the CABA award winning titles and assess their overall collection of children’s and YA books on African countries.


2015 Children’s Africana Book Award Ceremony

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Saturday, October 24, 2015

11:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Registration requested.

11:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony


Andrea Davis Pinkney will receive the award for The Red Pencil. Pinkney is the author of more than 20 books for children, including Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down.

Music by Alkabli, legendary Sudanese singer

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Family Activities 

Storytelling with Diane Macklin

Make a Book

Henna Painting, Sudanese Style

Arabic Calligraphy

Book Sale and Signing




Divine Chocolate, Library of Congress, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, An Open Book Foundation, Politics and Prose, Sankofa Café, Teaching for Change, Turning the Page, Tutu’s Storybooks


Africa Access
Title VI African National Resource Centers, Outreach Council
Boston University, African Studies Center
Harvard University, Committee on African Studies
Howard University, Center for African Studies
Michigan State University, African Studies Center
University of Florida, Center for African Studies
University of Illinois, Champaign, Center for African Studies
University of Minnesota, African American and African Studies
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, African Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison, African Studies Program
Yale University, Council on African Studies

Posted Monday, September 14, 2015 |

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