Children’s Africana Book Awards

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) created CABA in 1991 to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.

The Center for African Studies at Howard University is the institutional base for the Awards.

About CABA

CABA has three major objectives:

  • to encourage the publication of children’s and young adult books that contribute to a better understanding of African societies and issues,
  • to recognize literary excellence,
  • and to acknowledge the research achievements of outstanding authors and illustrators.

The awards are presented in three categories:

  • Young Children
  • Older Readers
  • New Adult (books marketed to adults but suitable for mature teens).

Annually, the Saturday after the CABA Ceremony, the CABA Festival follows at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. It is open to the public with activities for children such as: art activities, storytelling, face painting and meeting the authors of the winning books.

Watch the 2021 CABA Ceremony

Watch the 2021 CABA Meet the Illustrator

2021 CABA Winners

The 2021 CABA Winners have been announced!

See the 2021 Winners

Watch the 2019-2020 CABA Ceremony

2020 CABA Winners

Get the details about the 2020 CABA winning books, authors and illustrators.

See the 2020 Winners

2019 CABA Winners

Get the details about the 2019 CABA winning books, authors and illustrators.

See the 2019 Winners

Global Read Webinar Series - Africana Webinars

Once a month, the World Area Book Awards sponsor a webinar. Each webinar features a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. See the Africana webinars here. 

See the Webinars

Nominate a book for a CABA Award

Here's more about the CABA Nomination Process.