Children’s Africana Book Awards

Children's Africana Book Awards FESTIVAL 2022

November 5, 2022
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20560


  • Meet the 2022 CABA Winners Q & A
  • Book Signing by CABA Winners
  • Engaging Art Activities inspired by winning books
  • "Say it in Verse" Masterclass Writing Workshop based on the Novel: Home is not a Country, led by Lesina Martin 
  • (RSVP for the masterclass is required)


This 30th Annual CABA Ceremony is sponsored by:
Center for African Studies at Howard University
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
ASA Outreach Council
Africa Access

RSVP for the Festival and the Masterclass

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. #CABAbooks

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 two categories:

  • Young Children
  • Older Readers

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.

CABA Nomination Process

To nominate a book for a CABA Award, learn about the criteria and nomination process here.

2022 CABA Winners

The 2022 CABA Winners have been announced!

See the 2022 Winners

Watch CABA