I just became aware of a great new source of nicely-illustrated stories from Africa that are available for reading or downloading:
And it's free!
Folktales, fables, and stories of contemporary life in Africa are included. They range from the simplest early readers to fairly lengthy narratives in picture book format. They're written in a variety of African languages (Kiswahili, isiXhosa, Lusoga and many more) but almost all of them have been translated into English, as well.
Here are a few of my favorites from the site:
"Maguru Gives Out Legs" is a porquoi tale which explains why snakes are legless. I like it so much I'm going to add it to my storytelling repertory.
"Refiloe and the Washed Chickens" is a funny story featuring wedding preparations and a family feud. (Don't worry about those chickens. They really are alive all along!)
"My Red Ball" is a lively early reader enhanced by the variety of visual perspectives.
Let us know if you find any other gems on the website.