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SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS

 

“To be in a town, village or area without a bookshop is like a desert…
Bookshops add so much to the cultural life of a place that
without one an area is poorer for it.”

Ross Bradshaw, owner of Five Leaves Bookshop in Nottingham

Last updated 2/7/2014

Independent news and reviews from the world of children's books

Editor: Mr Jay Heale

Book of the Month

Under the Raintree

UNDER THE RAINTREE
An African Calendar

Barbara Knutson

(Art Publishers)

Zulu folklore, flora and fauna month by month. More ...

The Latest South African
Children's books

Picture book

DESMOND AND THE VERY MEAN WORD by Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Douglas Carlton Abrams, illustrated by A G Ford ((Walker Books 2013)

OAKY AND THE SUN by AE Ballakisten, illustrated by Taryn Lock (Theart Press 2013)

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE by Koos Meindert & Harrie Jekkers, illustrated by Piet Grobler, translated by Charl JF Cilliers (Protea Boekhuis 2013)
 
Primary

NINO’S MOURNING STORY by Mathilde de Blois & Ariae Cloix, illustrated by Marguerite Lecointre (Mat & More 2014)

UNDER THE RAINTREE – An African Calendar by Barbara Knutson, co-illustrated by Yvette Dunn (Art Publishers 2014)
 
Non-fiction

SOUTHERN AFRICAN SEA LIFE, A Guide for Young Explorers, by Sophie von der Heyden, photography by Guido Zsilavecz (Struik Nature 2012)

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Quirky Opinions  Brandy

I have always eaten well at Catharina’s Restaurant (on Steenberg estate) but now it’s full of light and white and views of vineyards and mountains. Great grub!  

The Larone Shiraz Mourvèdre from Boschendal is well worth exploring: excellent with red meat dishes.  

Incidentally, Woolies’ Bobotie used to be dry and tasteless but their new recipe is delicious.

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SpotSALUTATIONS TO SPOT THE DOG

Eric Hill, “master of simple design”, who created the friendly puppy with those masterful lift-the-flap additions which brought such pleasure, has died aged 86. Bookchat salutes a long-loved creator – and also (as Francesca Dow, head of Puffin Books, put it) a “charming, naughty, playful puppy, loved and appreciated across the world”.

CBNCHILDREN'S BOOK NETWORK

The CBN is holding a launch party at the Centre for the Book (Cape Town) on Monday 7 July. Entitled Listening Beautifully with Gina Mhlophe, Sindiwe Magona, Anele Mhlahlo and croc E moses, “It promises to be rich with cultural excellence and diversity.”
Details and ticket sales via www.childrensbook.co.za

THIS MONTH’S EDITORIAL …

… looks at the reality of “Adventure” in children’s literature.

WHAT HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF CHOICE?

“The prescribed [CAPS] books for fiction, poetry and short stories are due to be changed but it does not look as if this will happen next year,” says Sydwell Molosi, President of the SA Booksellers Association.

WELCOME RE-ISSUES

In a new format with a fresh cover design, the 22 assorted stories of African Myths & Legends (by Dianne Stewart and Jay Heale) will be available in July from Struik.
 
Good news! The Siyagruva series so popular with teenage readers is being reissued by New Africa Books.

Regularly re-issued (three times a year) is the magazine Carousel – essential and entertaining for anyone with an interest in UK children’s books.
Explore: www.carouselguide.co.uk

SOUTH AFRICAN BOOK FAIR

As I always do, I went looking for children’s books with a relevance to South Africa. Where did I find them? At the Biblionef stand, of course: they have the best stock of indigenous books (in all our languages) in the country. With Shuter & Shooter, Cover2Cover and the bright delights from Lulu & Tee. The amazement was the complete absence of NB Publishers, and therefore of Tafelberg and Human & Rousseau – and these two are the major children’s book publishers in SA. No Jacana. No IBBY SA (though the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair gives IBBY a free stand each year).

There was an attractive storytelling area featuring such local figures as Sindiwe Magona, Sophie von der Heyde and Alex Latimer. Marjorie van Heerden was there to give advice on writing. One publisher was kind enough to remark that “Bookchat is an institution in South Africa”.

Children’s books noted at the Fair which will be appearing soon: Oom Kallas and the Tortoises by Claerwen Howie, Mu’s Wolf Problem by Maria Lebedeva (both from Bumble Books).

DATES FOR 2014

7 July – Listening Beautifully, Centre for the Book, Cape Town
22 to 24 August – Midlands Literary Festival, Howick
10 to 13 September – IBBY Congress in New Mexico.
17 to 21 September – Open Book Festival, Cape Town

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