10 Classic Children’s Novels We Loved Back Then
Literature class was one of our favorites back then in primary school.
It wasn’t like the complex literature we started in secondary school where you had to discuss themes from a dialogue or write lengthy notes based on a conversation or a story. It was basic and we loved it. While the list of literature books varied from schools to schools, there were some that kept making appearances.
Maybe because they were so good and all! We present a list of our ten favorites.
1. Sugar Girl by Kola Onadipe
Sugar Girl was the story of Ralia and her adventures when she went missing.
2. Chike and The River by Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe wrote about the boy who wanted to cross the River Niger. I remember Samuel Maduka Obi (S.M.O) and his S.M.O.G name which meant “Save Me Oh God”
3. Without A Silver Spoon by Eddie Iroh
Without A Silver Spoon is the story of Ure Chokwe who comes from a poor family and the challenges he had to go through
4. Eze Goes to School by Onuora Nzekwu and Michael Crowder
Eze is determined to go to school but he has to deal with the problems he has
5. Koku Baboni by Kola Onadipe
Koku Baboni calls into question a village’s practice of leaving one of a set of twins to die. It introduces young readers to complex questions about human rights.
6. The Drummer Boy by Cyprian Ekwensi
The story of Akin, a blind drummer who inspires everyone with his talents, celebrates the uniqueness of the individual and how self-fulfillment can help us touch the lives of others.
7. Bottled Leopard by Chukwuemeka Ike
The book tells of Amobi, a first-year secondary school student, who is troubled by dreams of a leopard.
8. Tales Out of School by Nkem Nwankwo
Another great story about a young person’s first year at secondary school. The protagonist Bayo experiences a class rebellion and a challenge to the school football team during his first term at school.
9. The Village School by Anezi Okoro
Anezi Okoro is a children’s stories expert with a long resume; this classic tale of a village school in southeastern Nigeria – first published in 1966 – has stood the test of time.
10. The First Corn by Mabel Segun
Mabel Segun is one of Nigeria’s best-loved children’s novelists. This story of how a man first discovered corn fully engages younger readers.