Entries for this year’s Golden Baobab Prize for Children’s Literature will close on July 14. Established in 2008, the award is a prestigious annual pan-African award for excellence in African children’s writing. Prize submissions must be unpublished stories. Winning stories are published through Golden Baobab’s top tier publishing partners throughout the African continent. Shortlisted and outstanding non-winning stories may have the opportunity to publish through these partnerships as well.
As the title implies, “The Naming of Femi’s Brother,” is about a child-naming ceremony. The Aladetan’s are not only Yoruba but also members of the Bahá’í religion. But their religious persuasion does not make them discard their traditional way of naming their children.
The Canoe’s Story, written by Ghanaian author Meshack Asare, is a children’s book, told from the perspective of a tree. This richly illustrated story recounts the tree’s journey from forest to ocean, and the work that the fishermen put into turning the tree into a canoe.