28 books we grew up loving (and still do)

by Taqwa Ghazal

The World Book Day is a festival of literacy, celebrating and promoting healthy reading culture in children and adults.  For us, everyday is book day so to celebrate the power of the written word, we decided to make a list of 28 children books we fell in love while growing up.

1. Eze goes to school– Onuora Nzekwu and Michael Crowder

eze goes to school

2. Chike and the river – Chinua Achebe

chike and the

3. Anthills of the Savannah– Chinua Achebe

anthills of the savanah

4. Things fall apart– Chinua Achebe

things fall apart

5. No longer at ease– Chinua Achebe

no longer at ease

6. The Drum –Chinua Achebe

Achebe - The Drum - 001

7. How the Leopard got its claws – Chinua Achebe

Achebe - How the Leopard Got His Claws - 001

8. Without a silver spoon– Eddie Iroh

without a silver

9. Sizwe Banzi is dead– Athol Fugard


10. The Drummer boy– Cyprian Ekwensi

drummer boy

11. The Passport of Mallam Ilia – Cyprian Ekwensi

mallam ilia

12. Sugar girl – Kola Onadipe

sugar girl

13. Koku Baboni – Kola Onadipe

koku baboni


14. The Lion and the Jewel– Wole Soyinka



15. Everything good will come– Seffi Atta


16. The Famished road– Ben Okri

the famished road

17. Efuru – Flora Nwapa


18. The Joys of motherhood –Buchi Emecheta

the joys of motherhood

19. Weep not, child– Ngugi wa Thiong’o

weep not child

20. The Incorruptible Judge– D Olu Olagoke


21. Double Trouble– Osman Conteh


22. The gods are not to blame– Ola Rotimi


23. The Second chance –Nyengi Koin

the second chance

24. Ifeanyi and Obi– Charitas Onwu Otuyelu


25. The Beautyful ones are not yet born– Ayikwei Armah

the beautiful ones

26. A gift to the troubled tribe – Segun Okunoren

a gift to the troubled tribe


There’s also;

The Pot of Gold by Kola Onadipe

Ade, our naughty little brother by Christie Ade Ajayi

What books did you fall in love with and aren’t on this list?


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