Golden Baobab Prize Story Wins International Literary Award

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Grandma's List, a story that was awarded the 2014 Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books, has just won the internationally coveted Children's Africana Book Award (CABA). The book was written by Ghanaian author Portia Dery, illustrated by South African artist Toby Newsome and published by African Bureau Stories, a publishing partner of the Golden Baobab Prize. Grandma's List won the 2018 CABA Young Children’s category along with books from international publishers Penguin Random House, Candlewick Press and Lantana Publishing among others. 

    Portia Dery, 2018 CABA Winner   

(Portia Dery, 2018 CABA Winner and her book, Grandma's List)

The Children's Africana Book Award is an annual award presented to authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S.A. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) and its sponsors include the African Studies departments of universities Harvard, Howard and Yale among others. Past winning writers of CABA include Desmond Tutu, Niki Daly and Nnedi Okorafor.

Image from Grandma’s List

(Image from 2018 CABA Winning book, Grandma’s List)

The Golden Baobab Prize guaranteed the publication of Grandma's List, as part of the prize package it offered to the winning writer. The success of this book is an end product of Golden Baobab's commitment to supporting the careers of African writers and illustrators and finding more opportunities for their great work to shine on regional and international platforms. This year, Golden Baobab is expanding its activities in publishing to provide more opportunities for talented African children's authors and illustrators to develop their careers. We are developing strategic African and global publishing partnerships to produce more stories from the Golden Baobab Prize.

CABA announces winners of 2018 Best Book for Young Children

(CABA announces winners of 2018 Best Book for Young Children)

Grandma’s List is a brilliant and colorful story about an 8-year old girl Fatima, who wants to save the day by helping her Grandmother complete her list of errands. The problem is, Fatima loses the list and she has to recall from memory what was written on it. The rest of story then takes the reader on a funny and heartwarming adventure with Fatima and her family.  

An inside look of the Award winning book, Grandma’s List 

(An inside look into the award winning book, Grandma's List)

An inside look of the Award winning book, Grandma’s List

Kudos to Portia Dery and Toby Newsome for coming together to create this lovely story that young readers all over the world adore!

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