We’ve been doing a very informal study of African animals, primarily animals that live in Kenya. This exploration was inspired by watching Madagascar 2 and talking about animal preserves and M voicing a desire to go on a Kenyan safari. While a true safari is something I would love to do as a family many years from now, it’s not currently realistic. So we’ve been traveling to Kenya, Tanzania, and other East African nations through books.
I’ve shared a few of the books about African animals that we’ve been reading in my recent Non-Fiction Monday posts, but I wanted to make a more thorough list of what’s in our book basket right now.
Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff – see more here
This Place is Wild by Vicki Cobb – see more here
We All Went On Safari by Laurie Krebs – a counting book that teaches numbers and animal names in Swahili
Here is the African Savanna by Madeline Dunphy – a simple, cumulative story, gorgeous illustration by Tom Leonard
For You Are A Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane – a funny story about a Kenyan boy who neglects his cowherd duties to greet others in his village
Hippopatamuses by Judith Jango Cohn – I find hippos fascinating because of their cute (to me at least :)), relaxed appearance and it’s contrast to their status as the most dangerous animal in Africa.
Jungles by Fras Lanting – a beautiful book of photographs of Jungles animals from Africa as well as Jungles on other continents
Animal: The Definitive Guide to the World’s Wildlife – an enormous book of wonderful photographs of many animals, M loves looking through guides like this with good photos