Peace Corps Volunteer’s Africa Book Honored at Smithsonian

Fellow former Sierra Leone Peace Corps Volunteer Monica Edinger was honored yesterday at the Smithsonian for her children’s book – Africa is my Home: Child of the Amistad.  It tells the story of a child captured into slavery on the Amistad ship and her eventual return to Sierra Leone.

edinger coverThe Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (NMAA) held their  22nd annual Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) in Washington, DC.  CABA was created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association to honor authors and illustrators who have produced exceptional books on Africa for young people.

Four books were honored in this category for young people, including a book authored by Desmond Tutu. Not bad company to keep, Monica.  Congradulations!

I introduced her book on the blog last September. Check it out.  Looking for an Xmas gift for a child in your life?  This would make a great one. Beautifully illustrated to tell a compelling story.

Read her own account of her November 10 trip to Washington, DC to collect the award.



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