Last updated on Jun 21st, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Story-time is one of the best ways to teach children some of the most important principles of being human and existing in a community. 

Self-confidence in children needs to be nurtured from a very young age. A confident child navigates the challenges of the world much better, and books are one of the most influential ways to do that. Books allow parents and children to explore some of the most powerful concepts, and building self-confidence is one of them. 

Below are some of the best authored African books for young girls to learn to be a lot more confident just the way they are, and be a lot more braver. 

My Coily Crowny Hair, Zulaikha Patel 

My Coily Crowny Hair, Zulaikha Patel

Activist Zulaikha Patel, who first grabbed the world’s attention at age 13 when she led a protest for the decolonization of hair policies in schools is now an author. Her children’s book, My Coily Crwony Hair, encourages young girls to be proud of their afros, and style them in any way they wish to. The book also explores themes of drawing strength from other women around you, especially the older generation of mothers. Actress Nomzamo Mbatho offers a foreword to the book. 

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The Adventures of Tshedza, Lutendo Muthala

The Adventures of Tshedza, Lutendo Muthala

This book series explores themes of self-esteem and confidence for your children. Volume one looks at bravery, encouraging children to do the things that scare them. After chanting some powerful affirmations to herself, Tshedza goes on to be an astronaut, exploring different planets and galaxies. Written and illustrated by Lutendo Muthala, the book bursts with colour, attracting and entertaining the reader all at once. 

Khanya, I love Me, Bianca and Khanya Masinga 

Khanya, I love Me, Bianca and Khanya Masinga

I love Me is the first book in the Khanya Africa Literacy series. In this book, Khanya explores what she loves about herself. She looks at every part of her beautiful body, and the parts that she loves most, and what they can do. 

Pumpkin Finds Her Queen, Bianca Flanders

Pumpkin Finds Her Queen, Bianca Flanders

Pumpkin did not like her big and curly hair and therefore did not have a good relationship with it. She thought something is wrong because her untameable curls could not be hidden, and did not look like her friends. All Pumpkin wanted was to look like her friends. In the book, author Bianca Flanders takes young girls on a journey of learning that their curly hair makes them unique. It touches on themes of finding what is unique about you, and basking in it; an important lesson for every girl. 

The Little Girl Who Believes in Herself,  Michelle Nkamankeng 

 The Little Girl Who Believes in Herself, Michelle Nkamankeng (Author), Kevin Radebe (Illustrator)

Michelle Nkamankeng authored this book when she was 6-years-old and wanted to encourage herself and other girls to be brave. The book dares girls to dream, and never be afraid of dreaming big! The little girl in the book garners the courage to dream big, and to continue working towards those dreams, regardless of how scary they might be. Michelle keeps conquering her fears, and is on her eighth book!