Suggested Additional Reading

The Tale Spinner:
Folktales, Themes, and Activities

By Linda Garrity
Illustrated by Emilia Markovich
Fulcrum Publishing
This lovely book illustrates the connectedness among the tales of the world. Its many meaningful activities are sure to enhance any folktale unit!
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Nzingha, Warrior Queen of Matamba:
Angola, Africa 1595
(Royal Diaries)
By Pat McKissack

Lions at Lunchtime
A Magic Tree House Book
By Mary Pope Osborne
Random House
See our chapter-by-chapter activities to accompany this book in the Teachers’ Lounge section of "Herd of Elephants?" Part 1

African Folktales
By Hugh Vernon-Jackson
Dover Publications

Tales From Africa
Compiled by Mary Medlicott
Kingfisher Publications
This book includes a wonderful account of the hardship a child faced in war-torn Angola. Sousa Jamba’s story, "My Godfather," is sure to inspire compassion for the Angolan people among the students in your class. They will also enjoy the short biography of the author included in the Story and Author Notes.

Africa Is Not a Country
By Margy Burns Knight, et al
Millbrook Press
This book celebrates the diversity of the nations on the African continent. Your students will not only come away with a better understanding of African geography, but they will also appreciate the rich cultural diversity of today’s Africa!

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
By Margaret W. Musgrove
Dial Books for Young Readers

Elephants For Kids
By Anthony D. Fredericks
NorthWord Press

By Barbara Tayor
Lorenz Books

The Legend of the African Bao-Bab Tree
By Bobbi Dooley Hunter
Africa World Press

Our Author and Theme Study found in "Herd of Elephants?" Part 2 suggests many books by Verna Aardema. You will also find a complete listing of folktales from Troll Publishers. This study was based upon work found in the following book. Teachers may want to add it to their professional library.

The Author Study Handbook: Helping Students Build Powerful Connections To Literature
By Laura Kotch and Leslie Zack
Scholastic, 1995. NY

Two of our favorite books are out of print, but they are on the shelves in many libraries. We hope you will be able to locate them!

Tree of Life
The World of the African Baobab

By Barbara Bash
Sierra Club Books / Little Brown and Company

By Judy Allen
Candlewick Press

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