It's all Swahili to me!

Swahili Children’s Books’ mission is to help people — young and old — thrive by nurturing the love of reading. 

We also get excited about promoting language diversity and cross-cultural learning with a focus on children and youth, including producing quality and authentic Swahili children’s books.

Baba Bata the curious and adventurous duck is our mascot. Explore the world with us and share the life-lessons and wonderful experiences along the way.

Our Products

I Love Counting in Kiswahili: Hakuna Matata

‘I Love Counting in Kiswahili: Hakuna Matata’ is a wonderfully engaging book that teaches basic bilingual Swahili-English counting.

Children will quickly and easily learn to count and develop their speech with Twiga (twee-gah) the giraffe. Bright photographs and encourage learning on every page make counting fun.

A favourite among for homeschoolers, this book is a popular gift, and has garnered praise from bilingual parents everywhere. – hakuna matata!

Kuku Kumi - It's All Swahili to Me!

This is our best seller! It’s the perfect introduction for children to learn the vibrant word-sounds of one of the world’s fastest-growing languages – Kiswahili.

The book introduces children to counting in Kiswahili with a helpful pronunciation guide while presenting East African scenes through simple and vivid illustrations.

Created to encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning. It is also an educational tool to support homeschoolers, and families seeking to raise a bilingual or multilingual child.

This picture book is the perfect bedtime reading suitable for ages 1 and up – for toddlers, pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, and early readers – hakuna matata!

Swahili Colours - Rangi za Upinda wa Mvua

Children will love the colourful photographs and wonderful word sounds in ‘Rangi za kiSwahili Colours.

With a simple point-and-say lay out, this delightful book builds bilingual vocabulary and language skills, especially for children from diaspora community (or anyone who wants to learn Swahili). A perfect bedtime reading suitable for all ages – hakuna matata!

Mtoto wako atakifurahia sana kitabu hiki cha picha chenye kufundisha majina ya rangi kwa kiswahili. Soma nae umsaidie mtoto wako aanze vyema safari isiyo na mwisho: elimu.

Pikipiki Moja: My Swahili Rhyme and Numbers Book

This book helps your child learn to count in Swahili using it’s delightful, fun and catchy word-sounds such as pikipiki moja (one motorcycle), pipi (two lollies) and the delightful kuku kumi (ten chickens). Use this book to introduce your child to basic math skills and reading and writing numbers from 1 to 10.

The story is brief and funny, the Kiswahili words are few and easy and the pictures are clear and colourful clues to the text. Baba Bata Swahili Ventures is to proud to present this book for children – young and old! Try it and let us know your thoughts

Check it out at Amazon and read-it-out-loud with your children and share it widely with your friends.

I can count in Swahili

1 2 3: I Can Count in Swahili

A New Take on Bilingual Numbers Books – I Can Count in Swahili is Fun, Playful, and Easy.

The book introduces children to counting in Swahili with a helpful pronunciation guide while presenting East African scenes through simple and vivid illustrations. A perfect introduction for children to learn the numbers and vibrant word-sounds of one of the world’s fastest-growing languages.

Written by a native Swahili (Tanzanian) speaker and global educator, this book is a wonderful bilingual educator’s tool with creative and fun repetitions perfect for circle time class discussions.

It is also an educational tool to support home schoolers, and families seeking to raise a bilingual or multilingual child.

This picture book is the perfect bedtime reading suitable for ages 1 and up – for toddlers, pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, and early readers – hakuna matata!

A is for Andazi - Swahili Vowels

With the curious African duck, Baba Bata, as your guide, learning Swahili vowels has never been so easy! The book is available at Amazon both as a paperback and in Kindle. Please try it.

“A is for Andazi” is an entertaining Swahili beginner picture book that encourages children to read all by themselves, with simple words and beautiful pictures to give their meaning.

This gem of a book brings serious fun and quirkiness for all ages as they discover the vowel sounds of one of the world’s fastest growing languages – Kiswahili!

At Swahili Children’s Books, the saying, ‘education is the key to life‘, ‘elimu ni ufunguo wa maisha,’ is a truth we hold dear because being able to read and write – in our own language first – has opened many doors in life. Growing up in Tanzania, this truth was repeated to us often, at all levels of society, and how thankful we are for this!

We believe learning should be fun – especially when it’s Swahili (because it is such a fun language!) That’s why we have created this resource for the little ones to enjoy!

I Can Speak Swahili - Hakuna Matata: My First Swahili Animals

Did you know Simba means lion in Kiswakili? And ‘hakuna matata’ really does mean no worries?

Want to learn more Swahili? Then this is it: this is a super simple book designed to teach bilingual children the names of the animals in our amazing world.

Have fun with rhymes and rhythms, discover words and join in the Swahili animal names learning safari.

Check it out now at Amazon.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and encouraging language diversity, 'pole pole'!

Pole pole.

These words, which mean, “slowly, slowly,” are possibly the most-spoken words on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Like a success mantra, they are a gentle reminder to go nice and easy on one of life’s biggest adventure and challenge.

The UN has identified linguistic diversity as one of the key challenges that must be overcome. ‘Pole Pole’ we say!

To help overcome this challenge we have launched a Swahili Foundations children’s book series to bring innovative reading experiences to curious bilingual readers.

To help fund this series and contribute to language diversity we have launched a funky stickers  and a other products.

Our latest t-shirt reminds us that often sustainable changes happens slowly, ‘pole pole,’ like climbing Kilimanjaro. Check it out and remember proceeds help to fund the Swahili Foundation book series.

Click here to order a t-shirt.

We can’t wait to see photos of you wearing our design!

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