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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South African Children's Book Awards
The most recent winner(s) of each award is given.
ABSA Early Childhood Development National Award
God’s Plan by Desmond Tutu
Alba Bouwer Prys vir Kinderliteratuur
In die Nimmer-Immer-Bos by Linde Rode, illustrated by Fiona Moodie (Tafelberg)
ATKV Kinderboek Toekennings
Voorleeskategorie 3-6 : skrywer : Theresa van Baalen for Karla Krullebok
Voorleeskategorie 3-6 : illustreerder : Chris Venter for Karla Krullebol
Selfleeskategorie Graad 1-3 : skrywer : Keina Swart for Hoekom praat grootmense so snaaks?
Selfleeskategorie Graad 1-3 : illustreerder : Maja Sereda for Hoekom praat grootmense so snaaks?
Selfleeskategorie Graad 4-5 : skrywer : Jaco Jacobs for Harlekyn, illustrated by Diek Grobler
Selfleeskategorie Graad 4-5 : illustreerder : Alistair Ackermann for Agent Snoet en die groen genugtig, written by Francois Bloemhof
Selfleeskategorie Graad 6-7 : Fanie Vijoen for Nova: die begin
Selfleeskategorie Graad 8-10 : Nerine Ahlers & Alet Steenkamp for Liefde is …
Commendations issued annually, originally by Bookchat magazine, discontinued in 1997; renewed in 2010.
The “Bookchat” Book of the Year 2010
Just Sisi by Wendy Hartmann, illustrated by Joan Rankin (Human & Rousseau)
The “Bookchat” Book of the Year 2011
Solomon’s Story by Judy Froman (Pan Macmillan)
Bookchat Awards (Fiction)
A Wish This Big by Ingrid Mennen, illustrated by Katrin Coetzer (Tafelberg)
Finding Aunt Joan by Jenny Hatton, illustrated by Joan Rankin (Jacana)
Moving House by Jenny Hatton, illustrated by Joan Rankin (Jacana)
Stepping Solo by Jayne Bauling (Maskew Miller Longman)
The Magic Fish retold by Margie Orford, illustrated by Lizza Littlewort (Jacana)
Bookchat Awards (Non-fiction)
Fact Finder by Helen Lewis, illustrated by Nikki Miles (Metz Press)
Helen Suzman by Gillian Godsell (Maskew Miller Longman: “They Fought for Freedom”)
My First Book of Southern African Ocean Life by Roberta Griffiths, illustrated by Judy Maré (Struik Nature)
Recognition was offered to three people (in alphabetical order) who have, in their different ways, given outstanding support to children’s literature.
Gorry Bowes Taylor
For allocating regular time/space on her “Book Choice” programme on Fine Music Radio for many years.
For services particularly to Afrikaans children’s literature; many years on the committee of the SACBF and IBBY SA; and a past reviewer for Bookchat magazine.
For leading Biblionef for over ten years to the publishing and re-issuing of key South African titles in all eleven official languages of our country.
Elsabe Steenberg Prys
Willemien en die geel kat by Jaco Jacobs
Amelia de Waal, geskryf deur Wil Huygen : Die lewe en werke van kabouters / Die oproep van die kabouters, illustrated by Rien Poortvliet
Exclusive Books IBBY SA Award
An annual award to the author and illustrator of an outstanding illustrated story book for children published in South Africa.
Siyolo’s Jersey by Mari Grobler, illustrated by Elizabeth Pulles (Tafelberg)
Linde Rode for In die Immer-Nimmer-Bos / In the Never-Ever Wood, illustrated by Fiona Moodie
Katrine Harries Award
Was awarded biennially for illustration by the SA Institute of Librarianship and Information Science (SAILIS) and discontinued. The CLRU at Unisa has announced that this Award has now been revived to cover the years since 1998.
1999-2001: Dokter Me Di Syn by Piet Grobler
2002-2003: Toepa-Toepa Towery by Piet Grobler
2004-2005: Het Vogeltjies ABC by Piet Grobler
2006-2008: Princes van Afrikavlaktes by Emily Bornhoff
Ek was hier by Nanette van Rooyen
Maskew Miller Longman Literary Awards
Launched in 2007 and calling for entries in all 11 official South African languages.
2010 – Category: Children’s stories
Kat in die pan vir die Fransman by Jelleke Wierenga (Winner)
‘n Bosluis red die kongingshuis by Jelleke Wierenga (Finalist)
Die groenmambas en Shaka se spies by Carina Diedericks-Hugo (Finalist)
Bongani’s Secret by Gail Smith (Winner)
Three Blind Dates by Pamela Newham (Finalist)
Unyanelizwe by Sivuyile Mazantsi (Winner)
Kgethang Nna by Norman Mahlaya (Winner)
Lembe Lerintshwa by Conny Lubisi (Winner)
2011 Category: Children’s stories
Maya Fowler for Om op eiers te dans
Jayne Bauling for Stepping solo
Ezra Ncebisi Nkohla for Ngenxa Yesithembiso
Herbert Lentsoane for Tshweu ya ditsebe
Sello Mokua for Ke Molato wag a mang?
Awarded annually by Nasionale Pers (now NB Publishers) for the best children’s book published by one of its related publishers. More recently the prize has been split in two: one for an illustrated book and the other for a youth novel.
The bird of heaven: the story of a Swazi sangoma by Peter Dunseith
Willem Poprok by Derrick van der Walt
Vir Jeuglektuur : S A Partridge for Dark Poppy’s demise
Vir Kinderlektuur : Alex D’Angelo for Goblin diaries, illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden
Percy FitzPatrick Award
Awarded originally by the SA Institute of Librarianship and Information Science (SAILIS) for the best South African children’s book written in English. Discontinued, then revived biennially under the direction of the English Association of South Africa.
Daniel Fox and the Jester’s Legacy by Andy Peterson (Penguin)
SACBF Vivian Wilkes Award
Discontinued. Was awarded annually by the South African Children’s Book Forum to the illustrator of an outstanding children’s book. Sponsorship covered ten such awards. The final ‘Vivi’ was awarded to:
Natalie Hinrichsen for Tell the moon, by Ann Walton (Tafelberg)
SACBF Honours List
For some years the SACBF collected and displayed a Travelling Exhibition of all South African children’s books published during the preceding year. From these titles (as submitted by publishers) an Honours List was chosen and publicised. This practice fell away. To a large extent it has been replaced by the 100 Representative South African Children’s Books exhibition which was initiated (by the SACBF) in the 2004 IBBY Congress and then revived and updated (by IBBY SA) in the 2007 Cape Town Book Fair.
Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature
Sponsored biennially by Sanlam and awarded by Tafelberg Publishers. The original categories of Afrikaans and English have been enlarged to include the Nguni and Sotho language groups.
Afrikaans - gold medal: Annelie Ferreira, Tot siens Koning Arthur
silver medal: Derick van der Walt, Hoopvol
English – gold medal: Jayne Bauling: Dreaming of Light (Tafelberg 2012)
silver medal: Neil Malherbe: The Magyar Conspiracy
isiZulu – silver medal: B D Khawula, Yihlathi leli
Setswana – gold medal: Kabelo Duncan Kgatea, Mmudubudu
Willem Poprok by Derick van der Walt (Silver)
Sidekick by Adeline Radloff (Gold)
Agency Blue by Alex Smith (Silver)
Ngiyolibala Ngife by Dumisani Sibiya (Gold)
Ke a hwa, ke a ikepela by Mabonchi Motimele Goodwill (Silver)
Scheepers Prys vir Jeugliteratuur
Pandora se boks by Nelia Engelbrecht
Tienie Holloway-medaljie vir Kleuterliteratuur
Theresa van Baalen for Aspris-krokkedis, illustrated by Joan Rankin
IBBY Honour List
All National Sections of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) have the right biennially to nominate books for writing, illustration and translation. South Africa has done so since 1994. The most recent nominations made by IBBY SA are:
Jaco Jacobs: Suurlemoen (LAPA Uit-gewers, Pretoria, 2006)
Mhlobo Jadezweni: UTshepo mde / Tall enough (Electric Book Works, Cape Town, 2006)
K Sello Duiker: The Hidden Star (Umuzi Books Random House, Cape Town, 2006) (posthumously)
Russell H Kaschula:Emthonjeni translated into isiXhosa from his own English Take Me to the River (New Africa Books, Cape Town, 2006)
Anneliese Voigt-Peters: Ouma Ruby’s Secret by Chris van Wyk (Giraffe Books Pan Macmillan, Johannesburg, 2006)
Derick van der Walt for Lien se lankstaanskoene (Tafelberg)
Dianne Case and Yvonne Hart for Katy of Sky Road (MML)
Translation from English to Afrikaans
Jaco Jacobs for Willemien en die geel kat (from Chris Riddell’s original English Ottoline and the Yellow Cat) (LAPA)
Elizabeth Pulles for Siyolo se trui / Siyolo’s jersey (Tafelberg)
Author: Afrikaans Linda Rode for In die Nimmer-Immer-Bos.
Author: English S A Partridge for Fuse.
Translator: André P Brink for his Afrikaans translation of Die avonture van Alice in Wonderland.
Illustrator: Joan Rankin for Just Sisi.