We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Julia Cairns
Count along with a Maasai family as they find animals in the landscape of Tanzania! You can learn how to say numbers and animals in Swahili, too. Practice your new language skills in our African art gallery, where you’ll find leopards, antelopes, crocodiles, and more in art on view.
The Everlasting Embrace by Gabrielle Emanuel, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
This book tells the story of a mother and young child in Mali. They have a special bond and go about their day connected by cloth: they pound millet, visit the market, dance with friends. You may see a similar relationship in the sculpture Female Figure (Mother and Child) by a Bamana artist from Mali.
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrave, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Read about the ABCs of some African cultures and their traditions. You can read about kente cloth from Ashanti weavers, statues made by Yoruban carvers, and copper blankets from the Xhosa culture. How many objects from cultures in this book can you find in our African art gallery?
You can borrow these books—and many more!—from the Wake County Public Library system. Check out the complete book list.
Pop in to the Library
Want to explore African art in your community? Find NCMA Pop-Up Art at Wake County Public Libraries this summer. We’re reading African stories and celebrating African weaving with a drop-in, hands-on art project (best for children in grades K–5).
Friday, August 11, 10:30 am, East Regional Library
Friday, August 11, 4:30 pm, Southeast Regional Library
Tuesday, August 22, 10:30 am, Northeast Regional Library
Tuesday, August 22, 4:30 pm, North Regional Library
Friday, August 25, 4:30 pm, Cameron Village Regional Library