Children’s Books Set In Africa

Whether you’re joining us as part of the Read Around the World Children’s summer reading challenge or found this booklist searching for children’s books set in Africa, we hope you’ll find the perfect book suggestions for your needs.

Countries Included on This List

With vast differences in geography and culture, Africa – the second largest continent – has so much for kids to explore. Kids may often hear Africa referred to as one common place, but it’s important to help them understand that this continent is actually made up of more than 50 different countries. We’ve aimed to include books for as many of these countries as possible in order to represent the diversity of this continent.

Recommended Age Ranges

This list of kids’ books set in Africa is divided into sections, including the best children’s picture books set in Africa for younger children, early chapter books for new readers, and middle-grade books set in Africa for more advanced readers. You’ll also find recommended age ranges for every book at the end of each book description.

The list includes 40+ books for various ages and topics covering the vast and diverse continent of Africa. While books about safari animals may be the first theme to enter your mind, there are many other great topics, including books that share life in African villages, the importance of taking care of the environment, and archeologist adventures in Egypt.

If you want to read a book about Africa along with your child, check out our list of Books Set in Africa for Adults!

African Children’s Books

The Best Children's Picture Books Set in Africa

Early Readers and Beginner Chapter Books Set in Africa 

Middle Grade Books Set in Africa

Book covers for 6 children's books set in Africa with text in the middle reading 50 Books Set in Africa for Kids and Tweens


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  1. Do you all ever include picture books/books for little kids – I have nephews that we can read to for HOURS and would love to see a selection for each month for little ones

    1. Melissa George says:

      Hi Natalie, all of our kid’s content is on this page: – Most of those lists (including all the continents) include picture books. At this time, we don’t have have plans to add more kid-centered posts, just becasue we’ve had to prioritize what to do with our time, but we do love to encourage children’s reading!