Sharing the Joy of Reading with an African Child
for 25 years

Book Catalogue

A is for Ampe: An Alphabet Book from Ghana Kathy Knowles; Photos by Bruce Hildebrand and Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2006 (second edition)
ISBN: 0-9780156-0-6; 32 pages, softcover $10
Ages 3-6 Review by CM
One Little Crab: A Counting Book from Ghana Kathy Knowles; Photos by Bruce Hildebrand and Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2006 (second edition)
ISBN: 0-9780156-1-4; 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 3-6 Review by CM
Open and Closed: A Book of Opposites from Ghana Kathy Knowles Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9783384-3-5; 32 pages, softcover $10
Ages 3-7 Review by CM
Where is the Star: A Book of Shapes from Ghana Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9783384-4-2; 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 3-7 Review by CM
My Book of Stripes Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9868383-9-2, 32 pages, softcover $10
Ages 3 – 6 Review by CM 

Celebrating colours with photos of everyday life in Africa

CM Magazine writes: “Each book merits repeated viewings in order to mine the rich store of “information” these books incidentally and visually impart about how the life of African children is alike and different from that of their Canadian counterparts.” Dave Jenkinson

My Blue Book Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9780156-5-7; 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 4-7
“I like blue. The sky is blue. The soap is blue…Byebye blue.”
My Green Book Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9780156-6-4; 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 4-7
I like green. The shorts are green. The ball is green…Bye-bye green.”
My Red Book Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9780156-4-0; 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 4-7
I like red. The lorry is red. The school bag is red…Bye-bye red.”
My Yellow Book Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9780156-7-1; 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 4-7
I like yellow. The window is yellow. The skirts are yellow…Bye-bye yellow.”
My Pink Book Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9809437-9-5, 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 4-7
I like pink. The doll is pink. The cup is pink…Bye-bye pink.”
My Orange Book Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2011
ISBN:978-0-9809437-8-8, 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 4-7
I like orange. The comb is orange. The cap is pink…Bye-bye orange.”
My Violet Book Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9868383-0-9, 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 4-7
I like violet. The shirt is violet. The cup is pink…Bye-bye violet.”
Abena and the Corn Seed Vivian Amanor; textile illustrations by Vivian Amanor and Anu Guha-Thakurta
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-9288093-01-5; 24 pages, hardcover $13
Ages 4-8 Review by CM
An aging Ghanaian king is looking to find the perfect bride for his only son and gives an assignment to the 10 most eligible girls to determine who will receive this great honour.
Otu Goes to Sea Noreen Mian; Photos by Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9783384-0-4; 48 pages, softcover $10
Ages 5-10  Review by CM
Otu goes fishing with his father and grandfather in a dugout canoe as generations have done before him.
Mumaizu and the Hippos Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9868383-1-6; 24 pages, soft cover $10
Ages 5-7
Mumaizu joins his father on a visit to a hippo sanctuary in Ghana’s Upper West region.
All About Ama Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9809437-4-0; 20 pages, hardcover $10
Ages 2-5  Review by CM
Ama proudly points to all parts of her body, and a simple text is written below each picture.
Jennifer Goes to the Library Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-928093-00-8, 24 pages, softcover, $10
Ages: 2- 5 Review by CM 
Jennifer is an eager reader and enjoys going to the library where her mother works as a librarian.
See You Later Kathy Knowles and illustrated by Edmund Opare Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9868383-8-5, 24 pages, softcover, $10
Ages: 2-5 Review by CM
Enjoy the farewell wishes of the alligator and his friend crocodile and the whimsical illustrations. Look for the blue bird on each page!
My Animal Book Kathy Knowles and Vivian Amanor
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-986383-7-8; board book, $10
For babies and for those who appreciate textile illustrations.
Review by CM
My Happy Book Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9809437-6-4; 24 pages, hardcover $13
Ages 2-6  Review by CM
Peace is a happy girl. Photographs capture these happy moments with Peace’s family and friends.
Crocodile Bread Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9783384-9-7; 24 pages, hardcover $13
Ages 5-10  Review by CM
Francesca describes the making of her grandmother’s special bread and how the crocodile is eventually enjoyed.
Kente for a King Original Ghanaian story by Angela Christian and retold by Kathy Knowles; illustrations by Edmund Opare
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9809437-7-1; 32 pages, hardcover $13
Ages 7 – 10
Illustrator Edmund Opare’s exquisite watercolour drawings detail the journey of Opoku, a weaver from Bonwire, as he travels many miles to create the most magnificent kente cloth for his beloved king.
Akosua’s Gift Original Ghanaian story by Angela Christian retold by Kathy Knowles; illustrations by Edmund Opare
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9868383-3-0; 32 pages, hardcover $10
Ages 7 – 10 Review by CM
A “Notable Book” designation by the 2012 Children’s Africana Book Award jury.
Akosua learned to make clay pots by watching her mother. She decides to make a water pot to present as a gift on the wedding day.
Nana and Me_book catalogueNana and Me Kathy Knowles; illustrations by Edmund Opare
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-928093-02-2; 32 pages, softcover $10
Ages 2 – 7 Review by CM
An “Honour Book” designation by the 2016 Children’s Africana Book Award jury. The award ceremony will take place at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. in October 2016.
One hundred Ghanaian children wrote about their beloved grandmothers, and Kathy Knowles created this story from their words.
Zainabu for book catalogueThe Many Faces of Zainabu Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9868383-6-1; 24 pages, softcover $10
Ages 5 – 8  Review by CM
Each black and white photograph of seven-year-old Zainabu is accompanied with colourful words depicting her expression.
Just Call Me Brother Deborah Cowley
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9868383-2-3; 48 pages, softcover $10
Ages 8-12
The late Brother Tarcisius, born in the Netherlands, travelled to Ghana and opened the Orthopedic Training Centre [OTC] in Nsawam to assist the physically challenged. His story of faith and determination has brought help and hope to thousands during the OTC’s 50-year history.
Ghana@50 Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2006
ISBN: 978-0-9780156-8-8, 24 pages. softcover $3
All ages
A celebration, in colourful photos, of Ghana’s 50th anniversary on March 6th, 2007.

Stories from Tanzania including books in Swahili

Peter’s Wish Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9809437-1-9; 28 pages, softcover $10
Ages 7-11  Review by CM
Genda, Peter’s father, is a member of the anti-poaching team and does his best to protect Tanzanian wildlife. Peter wants to be like his father.
Taraja la Peter, the Swahili edition ISBN: 978-0-9809437-3-3, soft cover $6
Maria’s Wish Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9809437-0-2; 28 pages, softcover $10
Ages 7-11  Review by CM
Maria and her family are in charge of the village tree nursery. It is important now because deforestation that has damaged much of their country.
Taraja la Maria, the Swahili edition ISBN: 978-0-9809437-2-6, soft cover $6
A Kwa Amani, please note ~ Swahili edition only Kathy Knowles Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9780156-9-5, 28 pages, softcover $3
Ages 3-6
This photo-illustrated Swahili alphabet book highlights everyday life in rural Tanzania.

Books about Fati, a little girl from northern Ghana

Fati and the Honey Tree Osu Library Fund; illustrated by Therson Boadu
Publisher: Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana, 2008 (second printing)
ISBN: 9988-550-37-5; 28 pages, softcover $10;
Ages 5-7
Fati climbs a tree when she sees mangoes despite her father’s warning to “not to climb any trees today.” This begins an adventure, the first in our popular Fati series.
Fati and the Soup Pot_180Fati and the Soup Pot Osu Library Fund
Publisher: Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana, 2013
ISBN: 978-9988-647-24-7; 24 pages, softcover $10;
Ages 5-7
Fati helps her mother prepare soup after a full day at her school’s Sports Festival. The soup smells delicious and Fati is tempted! 

Books for adult learners

Hanatu, a Seamstress, Learns to Read Marty Helgerson; Photos by Bruce Hildebrand and Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2006
ISBN: 0-9780156-2-2, 32 pages, softcover $10
Hanatu attends literacy classes where she learns to read and write. Her newly acquired skills allow her to open her own small dressmaking business. A photo glossary is included. The book is useful for ESL or EAL students.
Veronica, a Caterer, Learns to ReadMarty Helgerson; Photos by Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9783384-2-8, 32 pages, softcover $10
Veronica attends literacy classes where she learns to read and write. Her newly acquired skills allow her to read recipes and to do her job more effectively. A photo glossary is included along with a cake recipe. The book is useful for ESL or EAL students.
Ebenezer, a Welder, Learns to Read Marty Helgerson; Photos by Kathy Knowles
Publisher: Osu Children’s Library Fund, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9783384-1-1, 32 pages, softcover $10
Ebenezer attends literacy classes where he learns to read and write. His newly acquired skills allow him to read building plans and equipment labels, and give him the confidence to open his own welding shop. A photo glossary is included. The book is useful for ESL or EAL students.

OCLF book order form for Canadians

OCLF book order form for Americans

Please download and complete the book order form. Send it along with a cheque including postage to 188 Montrose St., Winnipeg, MB Canada R3M 3M7. Thank you. Unfortunately we are unable to handle credit card payments. If you have questions please contact Kathy Knowles at 204 488 6633 or kknowles@mts.net