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SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS

 

Life, I now realise, is just one big trek across a minefield
and you never know which step is going to blow you up. 

Holly Goldberg Sloan in Counting by 7s

Last updated 2/4/2014

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Editor: Mr Jay Heale

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No more kisses for Bernard!

NO MORE KISSES FOR BERNARD!

Niki Daly

LAPA Pubishers

A gigglesome picture book about a boy who hates smother-love. More ...

The Latest South African
Children's books

This display panel lists the most recent South African children’s books which have been reviewed. See the Reviews section (by year).

“African Folk Tales” by Sindiwe Magona, illustrated by Nicole Blomkamp (David Philip 2014)

No.1 STRONGER THAN LION
No.2 GREEDY MAN, KIND ROCK
No.3 THE STRANGER AND HIS FLUTE
No.4 NOKULUNGA, MOTHER OF GOODNESS
No.5 BUHLE, THE CALF OF MANY COLOURS
No.6 THE WOMAN ON THE MOON
All available in Setswana, Siswati, IsiXhosa, IsiZulu and Afrikaans

BOBBY by Elizabeth Pienaar (Human & Rousseau 2014)
 
MY FIRST BOOK OF SOUTHERN AFRICAN ANIMAL
TRACKS by Chris & Mathilde Stuart (Struik Nature 2014)

NO MORE KISSES FOR BERNARD! story and pictures by Niki Daly (LAPA Publishers 2011) Available in Afrikaans as Moenie vir Bernard soen nie!

OLIVER STRANGE AND THE FOREST OF SECRETS by Dianne Hofmeyr, illustrated by Rob Foote (Tafelberg 2014)

REFILWE by Zukiswa Wanner, illustrated by Tamsin Hinrichsen (Jacana 2014) RORY’S

NEW COAT by Dawn Rae (Reach Publishers 2008)

SWAHILI FOLKLORE by Gloria D Gonsalves (AuthorHouse UK 2011)

WILD AFRICA TAMED poems by Trevor Webster, illustrated by Henry Myers (Olympia Publishers, London 2013)

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Quirky Opinions  Brandy

Remember that the top Premier Cru wines in Europe are all blended! Here are two SA red blends which I find most pleasing. Maiden’s Prayer is from Diemersfontein: light and juicy. The Old Man’s Blend is from Groote Post: robust and welcoming. (Both contain 4 cultivars.)

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SOUTH AFRICA WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Ibby

For the third time since the Award’s creation, a South African organisation has won the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award. (Previous SA recipients were The Little Library, and First Words in Print). The 2014 winners – two are announced at a time now – are PRAESA, South Africa and The Children’s Book Bank, Toronto, Canada. PRAESA, the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, is an independent research unit attached to the University of Cape Town. It is particularly active in raising the status of African languages in society and is a co-founder of the popular Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign. (Link provided below.)
 
The Hans Christian Andersen Awards are the most prestigious in international children’s literature. They are awarded biennially to an author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. The jury of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has announced that the 2014 winners are author Nahoko Uehashi (Japan) and illustrator Roger Mello (Brazil). Visit www.ibby.org for full details.

The Herd BoySOUTH AFRICAN HONOUR BOOKS

Our nominations for the 2014 IBBY Honour Book list are;

  • Author (English) : Dreaming of Light by Jayne Bauling (Tafelberg)
  •  Author (Afrikaans) : Leeus Met Letsels by Fanie Viljoen (Human & Rousseau)
  • Illustrator : The Herd Boy by Niki Daly (Jacana)

These will be on display amongst the Honour Books of the world at the IBBY Congress in Mexico this September. Congratulations!

FRANSCHHOEK FESTIVITIES

For the full programme of the Franschhoek Literary Festival, go to www.flf.co.za/programme/
Booking has opened. Authors to meet include (alphabetically): Lauren Beukes, Carole Bloch, Alex Boraine, Breyten Breytenbach, André Brink – and many more.

NIKI DALY at IBBY SA

See this month’s Editorial for a description of our best-known illustrator-author in conversation with Genevieve Hart. A fabulous evening!

TWO TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY

Whatever else you don’t read during 2014, do not miss Counting by 7s by Holly Holdberg Sloan (Dial). Yes, it’s published in USA; no, you may not find a bookshop which stocks it; yes, it may cost some money. But read it! The most gulp-worthy and hurray-worthy story I’ve encountered for years. See Overseas Reviews: Teenage.

A delightful easy-read story for 5-8 year olds is RORY’S NEW COAT by Dawn Rae. Self-published (in 2008) it features a ladybird, sensible adventures, and reassurance that “You are someone special.” So it’s lovely for reading aloud as well. Colour pictures. Email Dawn at office@milnertonmethodist.co.za or text her at 072 250 9500 to receive payment details. Only R45 a copy including postage (within SA).

GOLDEN BAOBAB

Congratulations to Liza Esterhuyse and Karen Hurt (both of SA) who both won $5,000 prizes in the 2013 Golden Baobab awards. Prizes are offered in the fields of Picture Book, Early Chapter Book and Illustration. Details available at www.goldenbaobab.org  Entrants retain copyright, but by entering “give Golden Baobab permission to make their entry available for exclusive worldwide royalty-free usage”. Deadline for 2014 prizes is June 29.

DATES FOR 2014

Don’t forget that 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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