“The secret of reading well is being well read to.”
Sally Vickers in The Cleaner of Chartres
Last updated 1/4/2015
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Editor: Mr Jay Heale
WHO IS KING?
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WHO IS KING? by Beverley Naidoo & Piet Grobler (Jacana Media 2015)
My latest favourite vin du table is The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier from Boekenhoutskloof, Franschhoek. A rich red wine, splendid with meaty dishes.
Congratulations to PRAESA (Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) which is the 2015 recipient of the ALMA – the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature (worth 5 million Swedish krona). An expert jury in Sweden selects the laureates from candidates nominated by institutions and organisations all over the world. This year 197 candidates were nominated from 61 countries.
Amongst the initiatives launched by PRAESA are the Nal’ibali network of reading clubs, the Little Hands Trust books (available in African languages) and the Vulindlela Reading Club which combines storytelling with reading, games and dramatic presentations.
Your editor helping to present some books to the small container library at the informal settlement of Red Hill, which is a special project of the Children’s Book Network. The books are being accepted by community worker and book activist Buyiswa Ponti. Two parcels of books were donated from the Books of the World project of Rotary Newlands. There were also dictionaries donated by DG Murray Trust with Rotary Cape of Good Hope and some picture books from author Dianne Hofmeyr, who spoke to the children last year.
The first ever IBBY Congress in Australasia will be hosted in
Auckland next year. For details of the Call for Papers and Early
Bird Registration, go to
www.ibbycongress2016.org It will be organised by
Storylines, the New Zealand national section of IBBY. Have you
ever been to New Zealand? Start planning now!
MEMBERS OF IBBY – and remember that all members of IBBY SA are automatically also members of IBBY.
To all IBBY Members and Friends
We are happy to announce our new Twitter account (@IBBYINT) This way we wish to increase awareness to themes related with IBBY, Children’s and Youth Literature and expand our network. Follow us and share your news!
This is how the Baxter Theatre foyer looked in September 2004
This month’s Editorial provides a summary of the growth of the South African Children’s Book Forum (SACBF) founded in 1988, through the IBBY Congress of 2004 (pictured above), to our national section IBBY SA today.
The winners to receive a free copy of Thank you, Jackson with the compliments of Jacana Media are: Jenny Spiteri, Robyn Von Geusau and Neil Naidoo. Thanks to all entrants!
We mourn the passing of Terry Pratchett. The whole realm of Discworld will be lost without him.
Sir Terry Pratchett, fantasy author and creator of the Discworld series, was knighted by the Queen in 2009. The author died at home, surrounded by his family, "with his cat sleeping on his bed", aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Sir Terry wrote more than 70 books during his career and completed his final book last summer. "Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely," said Larry Finlay of his publishers Transworld. “Through Discworld, he satirised the world "with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention."
Congratulations to Bumble Books (an imprint of Publishing Print Matters in Cape Town) on their nomination for the BOP - Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publisher of the Year. Remember their Vumile and the Dragon? Four other publishers from Africa were nominated: Al-Balsam, Egypt; Boustany’s Publishing, Egypt; Editions Fonniya, Mali; Editions Ganndal, Guinea.
Many famous artists have illustrated Alice, starting with Sir John Tenniel whose drawings can be quite alarming. Helen Oxenbury’s colour pictures in this “Anniversary Edition” from Walker Books are light-hearted, lucid and full of vigour. (First published 1999.) This is an Alice to enjoy all the way through – and I adore the drawing of the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon bursting into song. Inspired!
Thursday, 2 April – International Children's Book Day
31 July to 2 August – South African Book Fair at Turbine Hall, Johannesburg
15-21 August – IFLA Conference in Cape Town (your editor has been asked to speak)
35th IBBY Congress in Auckland, New Zealand, 18-21 August 2016
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