Houghton Mifflin Social Studies

World Cultures & Geography

Unit 6 Bibliography: Africa South of the Sahara

The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Books for Independent Reading

Extra Support

Africa Is Not a Country
by Margy Burns Knight
Millbrook, 2000
Distinctive customs of different areas are presented here.

Elephant Quest
by Ted Lewin
HarperCollins, 2000
The author takes readers through the Moremi Wildlife Reserve in Botswana.

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
by Nelson Mandela, ed.
W.W. Norton & Co., 2002
Mandela has collected tales from across the African continent.

Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa and Other Talking Drum Rhymes
by Uzo Unobagha
Chronicle, 2000
A Nigerian poet uses the culture of her homeland to develop an original "Mother Goose" anthology.

South Africa
by Mary N. Oluonye
Carolrhoda, 1999
The author explores the climate, people, languages, history, society, economy, and culture of South Africa.

On Level

African Beginnings
by James Haskins
Lothrop, 1998
This is a geography and history reference book.

A Girl Named Disaster
by Nancy Farmer
Puffin, 1998
This book tells the survival story of a Shona girl living in Mozambique.

Out of Bounds: Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope
by Beverley Niadoo
Harper, 2003
Stories spanning seven decades of South African history show how seven different children experienced apartheid.

The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Holt, 1995
The authors explain the history and culture of the major kingdoms of medieval Africa.

Safari Journal
by Hudson Talbott
Silver Whistle, 2003
This fictional journal provides many facts about Kenya's wildlife.


The Art of African Masks: Exploring Cultural Traditions
by Carol Finley
Lerner, 1999
Readers learn how this ancient custom reflects today's cultures.

Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy's Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard
by Mawi Asgedom
Little, Brown, 2002
In this autobiography, the author tells how he went from being a refugee in Sudan to being a scholarship student at Harvard University.

The Leakeys: Uncovering the Origins of Humankind
by Margaret Poynter
Enslow, 2001
The author traces the Leakeys' search in Africa for the first human.

Stanley and Livingstone and the Exploration of Africa in World History
by Richard Worth
Enslow, 2000
The author traces the history of European colonialism on the African continent.

Read Aloud and Reference

Read Aloud Books

The New African Poetry: An Anthology
by Tanure Ojaide, ed.
Rienner, 2000
Works by more than 60 contemporary African poets are arranged by region.

Reference Books

Africa: The Art of a Continent
by Tom Phillips, ed.
Prestel, 2000
Stunning maps, images, and text show the range of African art through history, in this critically acclaimed work.

Africa, Volume 1: African History Before 1885
by Toyin Falola, ed.
Carolina Academic Press, 2000
The author explores kingdoms, civilizations, and the slave trade.

Encyclopedia of African Peoples
by The Diagram Group
Facts On File, 2000
This book features 1,000 ethnic groups in Africa.

Fault Lines: Journeys into the New South Africa
by David Goodman
University of California, 2001
The author chronicles South Africa's historic struggle, from apartheid to democracy. The story is told through the lives of four pairs of South Africans who have experienced apartheid from opposite sides of the racial and political divide.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela
Little, Brown, 1995
Mandela secretly wrote his autobiography while he was imprisoned for 27 years on Robben Island.