African Reading Challenge + Birthday Party Pledge
Two things today that I’m really excited to share.
The first is that Kinna has officially announced / launched the African Reading Challenge, which I am incredibly excited to participate in and share with you here. I’ll be hosting a Nigerian Reading Week later in the year as part of the challenge, and will be trying to pull a few suggested reading lists together. My own reading list will come once I get home to my bookshelves – I’ve got to go through and see exactly what I have! I do want to read more Lusophone literature especially but am on a buying ban now so will check the shelves first.
As she says:
January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012
The entire African continent, including its island-states, which are often overlooked. Please refer to this Wikipedia “list of sovereign states and dependent territories in Africa”. Pre-colonial empires and regions are also included.
5 books. That’s it. There will be no other levels. Of course, participants are encouraged to read more than 5 books. Eligible books include those which are written by African writers, or take place in Africa, or are concerned with Africans and with historical and contemporary African issues. Note that at least 3 books must be written by African writers.
- Fiction – novels, short stories, poetry, drama, children’s books. Note: You can choose to read a number of individual and uncollected short stories. In this case, 12 such stories would constitute 1 book. Individual poems do not count but books of poetry do.
- Non-fiction – memoirs, autobiographies, history and current events
- Cover at least two regions, pick from North Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa, West Africa and Central Africa
- Include translated fiction from Arabic, Francophone and Lusophone literature
- You can mix classic and contemporary fiction
- If you are intend to read mostly non-fiction, then please include at least one book (out of the five) of fiction
I’m not inclined to push any reading philosophy, I would however like to encourage participants to broaden their knowledge of African literature.
I do hope that you will join in!!
I promise to give multicultural books as gifts to the children in my life for ONE year.
I promise to encourage them to read about and appreciate diversity in all its forms.
I commit myself to building a new generation of readers!
How cool is that? Now that I have a little niece myself I’m sure you’re not surprised to know that I’ve already sent books (to a 3 month old) including ones I picked up in Africa. I look forward to sharing much more reading diversity with her in the future.
And on that note – if anyone has great recommendations for Inuit or First Nations books from Canada for young readers, do please let me know!