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African: A Children’s Picture Book

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A beautiful children’s picture book featuring the lyrics of Peter Tosh’s global classic celebrating children of African descent.

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$16.95 $12.71

What people are saying…

“A beautiful children’s picture book.”
Vermont Country Sampler

“‘African’ is a wonderful song, and turning it into an appreciation of the African diaspora, for kids, is a . . . spectacular idea.”

“The joyful illustrations depict young and older black people of various colors, with many different hairstyles and wearing an array of clothing styles, playing, riding, dancing, and walking . . . The dynamic art and text work together to form a loving ode to belonging for black people of the diaspora.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Magnificent, colorful, vibrantly illustrated.”
Exclusive Magazine

“These are all songs you would hear on the radio, beautifully illustrated to share their song-stories, ideas, and cultural heritage with your children.”
Sing Books with Emily

“Gorgeous . . . such a fun read!”
Two Lights Academy

“This picture book is a celebration of children of African descent.”
Pragmatic Mom

An AALBC Recommended New Book!

Included in Publishers Weekly’s Children’s Galleys to Grab at Winter Institute!


African is the latest from LyricPop, a children’s picture book collection by LyricVerse and Akashic Books.

“So don’t care where you come from
As long as you’re a black man, you’re an African
No mind your nationality
You have got the identity of an African . . . “

African is a children’s book featuring lyrics by Peter Tosh and illustrations by Jamaican artist Rachel Moss. The song “African” by Peter Tosh was originally released in 1977 on his second solo record, Equal Rights. He wrote the song during a time of civil unrest in Jamaica as a reminder to all black people that they were part of the same community. The album is considered one of the most influential reggae works of all time.

• A key song from the classic 1970s era of reggae
• Peter Tosh was one of the founding members of the iconic reggae group the Wailers

Read an essay by illustrator Rachel Moss, “How Children’s Books Can Help Parents Talk About Race,” at Literary Hub.


Book Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Published: 6/2/20
  • IBSN: 9781617757990
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758300


Peter Tosh (song lyrics)

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RACHEL MOSS is an illustrator in love with the bright colors and vibrant energy of the Caribbean. She was born in Jamaica and studied animation in England at the University for the Creative Arts. Moss now lives in Jamaica where she spends her days illustrating children’s books such as Respect with song lyrics by Otis Redding, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ with song lyrics by Lee Hazlewood, African with song lyrics by Peter Tosh, I Am a Promise by Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Abigail’s Glorious Hair, and Milo & Myra Learn Manners with Mr. Mongoose. Her latest work is Lean on Me with song lyrics by Bill Withers.

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