Life, I now realise, is just one big trek
across a minefield
Holly Goldberg Sloan in Counting by 7s
Last updated 2/4/2014
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SOUTH AFRICA WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD
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.
SOUTH AFRICAN HONOUR BOOKS
Our nominations for the 2014 IBBY Honour Book list are;
These will be on display amongst the Honour Books of the world at the IBBY Congress in Mexico this September. Congratulations!
For the full programme of the Franschhoek Literary Festival,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or text her at 072 250 9500 to receive payment details. Only R45 a copy including postage (within SA).
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.
South African Children's Books in Print (SACBIP) lookup