“Anna Hibiscus” by Atinuke and Lauren Tobia

“Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa. Amazing Africa.”

We spotted a couple of “Anna Hibiscus” books by Atinuke and Lauren Tobia in the library and we fell in love with the spirit of the books. In this series of books there are both picture books and simple chapter books.

The books are set in modern West Africa, where Anna Hibiscus lives in a house with her extended family so there is always someone to play with.

We have read a couple of the picture books………..

“Anna Hibiscus’ song” is about how happy Anna Hibiscus feels but she doesn’t know what to do with all this happiness, she wonders if she may explode with happiness! What is she going to do? She visits different members of her family and asks them what can she do. Each member of the family shares what they do when they are happy. Her aunties pound yams and her Grandmother squeezes Grandfather’s hand. Finally after Anna Hibiscus talks to her Mum she climbs a mango tree and discovers what she does when she is happy!


“Double trouble for Anna Hibiscus!” is about the arrival of twin brothers into Anna Hibiscus’ family. Anna Hibiscus is warned by her cousins that brothers and especially twin brothers means trouble!  Anna Hibiscus expects her day to continue the same as normal but Mama is sleeping, Uncle Bizi is busy preparing food for her Mama and her aunties are rocking the twins to sleep. Anna Hibiscus is angry her brothers are trouble and no one seems to have time for her. However she quickly learn an important message and maybe she can share that with her new brothers!

Both these books are so heart-warming! It is important to read books set in different modern settings, so children can learn about different cultures and also recognise people also struggle with the same emotions all over the world. Highly recommend!

Happy reading xx



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