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African Icons

African Icons

Ten People Who Shaped History

by Tracey Baptiste, Illustrated by Hillary D. Wilson

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“In African Icons, Baptiste engages in the hard work of unveiling the myths about the African continent to young readers . . . This is a great beginner’s guide to pre-colonial Africa.”
—Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist

Meet ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago and changed the world. 

Black history began long ago with the many cultures and people of the African continent.

Through portraits of ten heroic figures, author Tracey Baptiste takes readers on a journey across Africa to meet some of the great leaders and thinkers whose vision built a continent and shaped the world.

Illustrator Hillary D. Wilson’s brilliant portraits accompany each profile, along with vivid, information-filled landscapes, maps, and graphics for readers to pore over and return to again and again.


ISBN-13: 9781523525706
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2024
Pages: 176
ISBN-13: 9781616209001
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: October 19, 2021
Pages: 176
Ages: 8-12
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