The idea that we’re living at the end of
books is boring.
Kim Koch, owner of a bookshop in Vancouver, Canada
Last updated 3/3/2014
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Yes, South African children still read books!
The winning South African team of the
brilliantly conceived international inter-school children’s
literature quiz (known as the Kids Lit Quiz)
was a jubilant quartet of boys from St John’s
Preparatory School, Johannesburg – with Manor Gardens,
Durban, a close second; and Pridwin third. Quiz-master (and
inventor) Wayne Mills from New Zealand was in
fine form – and the young contestants too. I thought I knew
something about children’s literature but I wouldn’t back myself
against any of them. The winning team gains a money prize as
well as a free trip to Cornwall for the World Quiz Final.
St John’s winning team: (L to R) Andi Qu, Sean Morrison, Max Milella, Justin West.
Over 180 teams from about 120 schools took part in the SA heats – with 10 teams from 7 regions in the finals. They were questioned on such themes as authors, names of books, recognising passages from children’s books – though these are different in each quiz, and nobody knows anything in advance. The breadth of reading and the contestants’ memory is prodigious.
EXCEPTIONAL SUCCESS RECOGNISED
Biblionef SA received the award for “Promotion of Marginalised Indigenous Languages” at the recent Western Cape Cultural Awards function.
Jean Williams, Executive Director of Biblionef, accepts the award from Jane Stuurman-Moleleki, Director of Language, Arts & Culture
Without any doubt, the work of Biblionef comes under the
heading of “outstanding achievements”. By the end of 2012 they
had donated one million new books (in all 11 SA languages) to
schools and communities. They hope to donate the next 1
Million Books by the end of 2016. It costs just over
R60 to donate one book. Why not give them a hand?
See the Editorial about Book Organisations.
ALL 11 OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Biblionef has announced that further copies of the booklet “Children’s Books in African Languages” are now available. For only R70, a descriptive list of 220 children’s books available in 4 or more South African languages (with full details of author, publisher, ISBN, etc). About 80 titles are available in all 11 languages. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
I remain joyous about Sisi Goes to School. An animated preview can be watched via: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvkpS0KSF4k
BOOKS FOR THE BLIND and more
Toronto Public Library is proud to be the new host of the IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities. This distinguished international reference collection of books for and about children and teens with disabilities includes more than 3,000 multilingual books in a variety of accessible formats, including sign language, Braille, Blissymbolics, Picture Communication Symbols, tactile and textile. The collection includes books for children and teens with developmental delays, language disabilities and reading difficulties, stories in traditional format, as well as games and Kamishibai. From its foundation in 1985, this collection has been housed in Norway.
RANDOM HOUSE STRUIK
I attended a session presenting coming publications and I came away with three main conclusions.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
Penguin India have agreed to recall and destroy all copies
(in India) of The Hindus : an alternative history by
Wendy Doniger. The book offends a Hindu
religious body and in India such on offence is criminal and
proven guilt could threaten lives. What remains interesting is
that the book still remains accessible to Indians as an ebook.
On the same day came the announcement (not exactly fresh news) that the ownership and use of camels are mentioned in the Bible thousands of years before they had become domesticated. So the Bible isn’t reliable on historical matters. Well, most of us agreed with that. But nobody is asking to recall and destroy the book.
DATES FOR 2014
April 23 – World Book Day
May 12 to 15; 16 to 18 – Franschhoek Literary Festival (Children first; then Adults)
June 13 to 15 – the renamed South African Book Fair
10 to 13 September – IBBY Congress in New Mexico.
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