Kid Review – It All Started in Africa

Children’s African History, Children’s Books, Multicultural

Date Published: Jan 5, 2021

Publisher: Lucid Books Publishing


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History comes to amazing life in this narrative based on true events. It
All Started in Africa takes young children on a journey through generations
of African Americans over the course of history. Children will gain a better
understanding of African American history as they engage with discussion
questions. They will be challenged to make life better for themselves and
for the people around them. Join in with exciting, interactive experience
all the way to its surprising finale!



My Review

It All Started in Africa is an autobiographical cumulative tale for younger elementary students. Suzanne Bowman Williams wrote the story detailing her family history that started in Africa. It is well-done and portrays the story in a way that all races will be able to enjoy it. 

Evelyn Jeanette’s illustrations compliment the story well. The maps help young children visualize the places in the story.

I really appreciate the end matter in It All Started in Africa.  There are quite a few words in the story that would be unknown to younger elementary students – the glossary defines those words in a way the students can understand. It provides a great launch for a glossary lesson. Williams also includes discussion questions which can guide a classroom discussion on the story. 

I think It All Started in Africa would be a good addition to a Black History month collection.

I would not hesitate to add It All Started in Africa to a k-12 Christian school library. It could be added to the picture book section or the biography section. 

I received a complimentary copy of It All Started in Africa. This is my honest review.

About the Author

 Suzanne Bowman Williams enjoyed teaching elementary school students in Southern California for over 30 years. There she first presented It All Started in Africa. With a bachelor’s degree in literature and a master’s in counseling/psychology, she is passionate about encouraging, educating, and motivating children through the telling of stories. Suzanne currently lives
in Central Arizona with her husband. This is her first children’s

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