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African Children's Literature: An Introduction to the CODE Collection at the Library of Congress

In 2006, the Canadian Organization for Development Through Education (CODE) donated a large collection of African children's books to the Library. This guide is an inventory for the collection, available in the African and Middle Eastern Reading Room.


Beatrice Lalinon Gbado. Image of the Cover of "Le dauphin de Goree." 2005. CODE Collection. Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division.

This guide is a listing of African children's books donated to the Library of Congress on May 8, 2006, by the Canadian Organization for Development Through Education (CODE). These books were published in languages used in various communities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania. This guide lists works in Amharic, Chichewa, English, Oromo, Portuguese, Swahili and Tigrinya. The collection ranges from pre-school picture books, to biology and geometry for secondary school students.

This collection is available to researchers in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. Publications are grouped by language and within that, by the item number, title, author, place of publication, printer/publisher, date, pagination and language/script. The language categories and numbering system were developed during the cataloging process. The publications were cataloged as a set rather than individually. No additional publications will be added.

The following collection title links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog for the full collection:

About the African and Middle Eastern Division

The African and Middle Eastern Division (AMED) was created in 1978 as part of a general Library of Congress reorganization. AMED currently consists of three sections - African, Hebraic and Near East - and covers more than 77 countries and regions from Southern Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. Each section plays a vital role in the Library's acquisitions program; offers expert reference and bibliographic services to the Congress and researchers in this country and abroad; develops projects, special events and publications; and cooperates with other institutions and scholarly and professional associations in the US and abroad.

As a major world resource center for Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, AMED has the custody of more than one million physical collection materials in the non-Roman-alphabet languages of the region such as Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Yiddish. Included in these collections are books, periodicals, newspapers, microforms, grey literature, and rarities such as cuneiform tablets, manuscripts, incunabula (works printed before 1501), and other early African and Middle Eastern publications. Among the most prized items are also several sizable pamphlet collections on African Studies.

Contact Information

AMED Reading Room
Room LJ 229
Thomas Jefferson Building
Tel: (202) 707-4188
Fax: (202) 252-3180
View a map showing location

Metro Stops:
Capitol South (Blue/Orange Line)
Union Station (Red Line)

Public Service Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday & Federal Holidays

Contact Information
Dr. Lanisa Kitchiner, Ph.D., Chief

African Section
Hebraic Section
Near East Section

Mailing Address
African and Middle Eastern Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4820

African Studies: Countries and Area Specialists

Reference assistance is available from the Library of Congress for African studies. Each area specialist has reference and acquisitions responsibilities for a particular linguistic or geographic region and has developed expert knowledge of the collections for his or her area. In conjunction with other Library units these area specialists develop the collections and compile bibliographic guides to bring Africana materials to the attention of librarians and scholars.

Each reference specialist below is listed with their contact information and the countries they specialize in. You can also use our Ask a Librarian service to contact a reference librarian.

Dr. Lanisa Kitchiner, Chief, African and Middle Eastern Division
Contact information: [email protected] | Tel: (202) 707-7937 | Fax: (202) 252-3180

Dr. Edward Miner, Head, African Section, African & Middle Eastern Division
Contact information: [email protected] | Fax: (202) 252-3180
Africa (Eastern, French-Speaking West and Central), Horn of Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, the Sahel, and the following countries:

Mr. Fentahun Tiruneh, Reference Specialist, African Section, African & Middle Eastern Division
Contact information: [email protected] | Tel: (202) 707- 3180 | Fax: (202) 252-3180Tel: (202) 707-4163