African stories read aloud

  • The Ugly 5 »
    Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s gorgeous picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life.

  • The Go Away Bird »
    The Go Away Bird story being read on YouTube by kids
    ‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest, with her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’ One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all… 
  • Over in the Grasslands: On an African Savanna »
    This grasslands variation of the classic song “Over in the Meadow” introduces animals and their offspring that dwell on the savanna of Africa, from a mother zebra and her “little calf one” to a “cunning father jackal and his little pups ten.


  • Audible has a 30 day free trial »We suggest listening to these:
    • The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop
    • Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
    • Wriggle and Roar by Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt.
    • Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson
    • How the Elephant Got its Trunk by Jean Richards
    • Monkey Madness by Anna Wilson
    • The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
    • Good Morning Gorillas by Mary Pope Osborne