One of our favorite ways of learning about a culture is with folktales - these are the stories most of us carry from our childhood and share from one generation to the next. In West Africa, these are the stories told at the bedside, under the baobab tree or around the fire after a day's work is complete.
This list includes traditional folktales from Liberia. A few of these books were also enjoyed by my three year old nephew, who could not get enough of the folktale of the hungry crocodile. Some of these books are no longer in print, but you might be able to find them at your local library (like we did) and I've linked those to Better World Books, a site that sells second hand books (I am not affiliated with them).
Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale retold by Ruby Dee. This folktale is about the leopard king seeking a wise successor. The animals of the jungle are given the task of throwing a spear in the air, and counting to ten before it lands. The winner turns out not to be the strongest who throws in the air the highest, but the most clever who thinks of another way to count to ten... I wonder if you can guess how :)