When you are growing up, there are two
institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the
Church, which belongs to God, and the public library,
– KEITH RICHARDS
Last updated 2/12/2013
Next update mid-January 2014
Independent news and reviews from the world of children's books
Editor: Jay Heale
SISI GOES TO SCHOOL and Other Stories
Illustrated by Joan Rankin
(Human & Rousseau)
Joyous successor to Just Sisi. Essential on your Christmas wish list! More ...
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Just past Bot River on the N2 (going north) is the turn off to Gabrielskloof – bright and shining, excellent for a coffee stop with mouth-watering cakes. They also make wine!
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CHILDREN’S LITERATURE ALIVE & WELL
At a second meeting (organised by the Children’s Book Network) the following activities were made known: through the Centre for the Book, Phakama Matoti told how 8 Book Clubs had been started in schools, and Anita Shaw brought us up to date on “First Words in Print” (which won the IBBY Asahi Reading Promotion Award in 2004); Elaine Ridge described the wild 3-day Tenth Birthday celebrations of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) in South Africa; Jean Williams indicated how Biblionef SA was starting on their Second Million donated books (and showed off their research booklet Children’s Books in African Languages created by Jay Heale); Mignon Hardy assured us of the successful continuance of Fundza’s teenage stories (often distributed by cell-phone) and writer/mentor pairings; Kathy Madlener also assured us that BookMark was continuing to sell good books to schools; and Lesley Beake amazed us with the variety of book workshops held by CBN (most recently in Clanwilliam district) with one to come about Books & Music which may include some “rock gongs”. So children’s literature has its own rock group at last!
GIVE A BOOK THIS CHRISTMAS
Book suggestions for all ages, including adults – see Editorial.
This multi-lingual patch is the logo of the next IBBY World Congress to be held from 10 to 13 September in New Mexico. www.ibbycongress2014.org
The renamed South African Book Fair (once Cape Town B F) will be held from 13 to 15 June. There will be a gradual change from a business entity to a non-profit one. Info: www.capetownbookfair.co.za
Did you ever imagine that The Tiger Who Came to Tea
by Judith Kerr might have been conceived as embodying fear of
"Once there was a little girl called Sophie, and she was having tea with her mummy in the kitchen. Suddenly there was a ring at the door. Sophie's mummy said, 'I wonder who that could be?'"
That situation could foretell doom to a Jewish (or otherwise unacceptable) family. In this picture book of 1968, the tiger stays and devours everything in the house. More prediction of an all-powerful regime? (thanks to Lucy Wallis on BBC News).
Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing who
died at the age of 94. Cambridge published (1975) a short story
of hers, A Sunrise on the Veld, about a 15-yr-old full
of the joy of life but brought up short by the tragic death of a
buck. I know no other work by Lessing for young readers.
Also salutations to Nadine Gordimer on her 90th birthday.
And to Patricia Schonstein on the publication of Africa Ablaze! – poems & prose pieces of war & civil conflict.
South African author Anita Pouroulis won the Best World Children's Book Award at the China Children's Book Fair in Shanghai for her picture book 'Oh, What A Tangle!'
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