Another Favorite Picture Book for Kids :: Anna Hibiscus’ Song

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Anna Hibiscus Song Picture Book for KidsSince I first posted about how much we loved Anna Hibiscus, we’ve re-read the entire series a couple more times.

Back to back.

And sometimes Maia has asked for random chapters from one of the books. She likes them that much. And I like the writing and the characters well enough that this is a pleasure and not a chore.

Apparently a bunch of you bought the series after I posted about them (what did you think?) and so the publisher was kind enough to send me the new picture book version of Anna Hibiscus.

Written and illustrated by the same talented duo—Atinuke and Lauren Tobia— Anna Hibiscus’ Song is full of color and joy and perfect for younger children.

The Picture Book for Kids Version of Anna Hibiscus

It’s lovely. Here are a couple of interior spreads.


Anna Hibiscus is still the same loveable Anna Hibiscus she is in the chapter book series, and she still “lives in Africa, amazing Africa,” but the story is shorter, simpler, and, of course, more lavishly illustrated.


In this picture book version, Anna Hibiscus is happy and seeks advice from various family members for outlets for her happiness. She tries counting blessings, dancing (above), and finally bursts into song.

Anna Hibiscus’ Song is a sweet, sweet picture book for kids.


  • This book was sent to me as a review copy free of charge by Kane/Miller Book Publishers (part of Usborne Books). All opinions expressed are my own.
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  1. rachel says

    so glad to know it! oh i LOVE anna h. so excited my younger kids can experience her too. thank you for reviewing, jean!

  2. says

    What a sweet and fun story! I like the message it portrays too. I am putting these on our booklist! Thanks for the review. Are the other books all chapter books, for older kids then? My daughter is 4.5 years old. Maybe I should just get the picture book and not the set?

  3. Shelley says

    Thank you for this! I’ve been looking for a couple books for my 2 & 5 year olds as end of Kwanzaa gifts. I’d missed the earlier chapter book post and I’m thrilled to be able to share Anna Hibiscus with both kids.

  4. says

    The original Anna Hibiscus stories are small chapter books. I think it would depend on the 4.5 yo whether she’s ready to listen to longer stories with fewer pictures. The text/topics are appropriate for that age. I think Maia would have enjoyed them then. The picture book is great, too, though! And Maia (at 6) likes it fine.

  5. lauren tobia says

    So glad your enjoying Anna’s world.
    its always a pleasure to see what Anna gets up to next.
    and if i could let you into a secret ..there’s soon to be another picture book !