With as many countries as we cover, we don’t always want to overwhelm you with a ton of book choices. Sometimes going to the same shelf at the library — the one with the country-themed books for kids in a nice, neat order — is the comfortably and easy way to go.
But other times, the extra reading choices are too good to pass up. And Tanzania fits in that category. The theme for our craft project was the Maasai tribe, so we needed some extra pictures for that. And so this list begins!
Here’s some ideas for books for kids on Tanzania:
Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation by Jan Reynolds. This is the one I picked out for our class, and the kids were fascinated by the Maasai’s unique way of life.
Olbalbal: A Day in Maasailand by Barbara Margolies. This one was recommended to me, but I have only so much class time! So I’m passing along the recommendation.
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter. I did not use this book, but Jane Goodall’s work with the Chimps was pretty astounding, so this could be another theme to consider.
The Chimpanzee Children of Gombe by Jane Goodall. Another that I did not personally use, but again would be a good introduction to Jane Goodall and her work in Tanzania.