verna aardema

Here is a reading list put together by Mwalimu Baruti. Check it out.

Warrior Children Reading List

• Verna Aardema, Koi & The Kola Nuts
• Veronica Ellis, Afro-Bets First Book About Africa
• Michael Faul, The Story of Africa and Her Flags to Color
• Muriel Feelings, Jambo Means Hello and Moja Means One
• Virginia Hamilton, The People Could Fly
• Arthur Lewin, Africa is Not a Country, It’s a Continent
• Sundaria Morninghouse, Harbari Gani? What’s the News?
• Sherley Anne Williams, Working Cotton
• Jane Yolen, Encounter

Warrior Youth Reading List

• Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
• S.E.Anderson, The Black Holocaust for Beginners
• Na’im Akbar, Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery and for BLACK MEN
• Akil, From Niggas to Gods, Part One
• Chike Akua, A Treasure Within
• Molefi Kete Asante, Classical Africa
• Ayi Kwei Armah, Two Thousand Seasons
• Mwalimu Baruti, The Sex Imperative
• Anthony Browder, From the Browder Files
• Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
• James Cameron, A Time of Terror
• John Henrik Clarke, Africans at the Crossroads
• Gaidi Faraj, Ourstory: Afrikans from Antiquity to the 21st Century
• Sam Greenlee,The Spook Who Sat by the Door
• Asa G. Hilliard, Larry Williams and Nia Damali (eds), The Teachings of Ptahhotep
• Jacqueline Johnson, Stokely Carmichael
• Indus Khamit-Kush, What They Never Told You in History Class
• Zak A. Kondo, The Black Student’s Guide to Positive Education and His-storical Lies and Myths that Miseducate Black People
• Joseph Marshall, Street Soldier
• Patricia & Frederick McKissach, Rebels Against Slavery
• Erriel D. Roberson, The Maafa & Beyond
• J.A.Rogers, Great Men of Color, Vols. I & II
• Sister Souljah, The Coldest Winter Ever
• Carter G. Woodson, The Miseducation of the Negro
• Amos N. Wilson, The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness
• Bobby E. Wright, The Psychopathic Racial Personality
• Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Asafo Reading List

• Kwame Agyei Akoto, Nationbulding
• Manu Ampim, Towards Black Community Development
• Marimba Ani, YURUGU
• Mwalimu Baruti, The Sex Imperative and Homosexuality and the Effeminization of Afrikan Males
• Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, Africa: Mother of Western Civilization
• Michael Bradley, The Iceman Inheritance
• Jacob H. Carruthers,Intellectual Warfare
• John Henrik Clarke, Notes Toward an African World Revolution
• Anthony Ephirim-Donkor, African Spirituality: On Becoming Ancestors
• George G.M. James,Stolen Legacy
• Kamau R. Kambon, Black Guerrilla Warfare in amerika
• Richard King, African Origin of Biological Psychiatry
• Chancellor Williams, The Destruction of Black Civilization

Over the years, I have read many books that have helped me on my journey to homeschooling. These books inspired me and also helped me to make curricular decisions as I developed an Afrikan-centered framework. It’s really too many to list, but I’ll give you some of my top choices. In my opinion, these books would be foundational if we ever developed a School of Afrikan-Centered Education.

Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah
The Healers by Ayi Kwei Armah
The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness by Amos Wilson
Awakening the Natural Genius of the Black Child by Amos Wilson
The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child by Amos Wilson
NationBuilding: The Theory and Practice of Afrikan Centered Education by Kwame Agyei Akoto
Sankofa: African Thought and Education by Elleni Tedla
The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
Asafo: A Warrior’s Guide to Manhood by Mwalimu Baruti

Love the Dillon’s. So sad that Leo passed away this year, though. This is one of the greatest books that I’ve read when I was younger, and I still recommend it to this day as a must read for children. The weird truth about it, was that I initially hated the book, only because my mother refused to buy a Garfield comics collection for me at the school book fair.

I know why she bought for me too. She wanted to get me something that would make me proud of my heritage as a child with roots from Africa. And I did come to like this book. But it wasn’t until adulthood, when I rediscovered it, that I fell head over heels for the artwork. Since then I have tried to find anything and everything the Dillons have drawn, from old sci-fi mass markets, to children’s picture books, to young adult fantasy.

In retrospect I’m glad I never got that Garfield paperback, because I found something way more valuable.