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“I believe in reading so much that if I could, I would make it
a constitutional law that every child must be read stories from their first months.”  

Karin Schimke in Cape Times

Last updated 2/9/2014

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

Editor: Mr Jay Heale

Book of the Month

JEFF AND GEORGE AND THE TOTEM POLE

Emily Child

Illustrated by Julia Anastasopoulos
(Puffin SA)

Gorgeous picture book of winter Cape Town featuring a boy (Jeff) and a small springbok (George) not unlike Piglet.  More ...

The Latest South African
Children's books

Picture book

JEFF AND GEORGE AND THE TOTEM POLE by Emily Child, illustrated by Julia Anastasopoulos (Puffin SA 2014)
Also in Afrikaans

Primary readers

JAMIE AND THE MAGIC WHISTLE by Helen Brain & Nicky Webb, illustrated by Rico Schacheri (Human & Rousseau 2014)

Non-fiction

MY CAPE TOWN ABC illustrated by Sandy Lightley (Struik Travel & Heritage 2014)
Discover Cape Town from Aquarium to Zeekoevlei!
 
TISSUE SALTS FOR CHILDREN by Margaret Roberts (Struik Nature) is not reviewed here as it is a health book for parents, but without doubt it will prove of benefit to children.

Nalibali    Biblionef

 USBBY

Bookmark     FunDza

CBN  SCBWI
Quirky Opinions  Brandy

Booked myself in for two night’s pampering at Bartholomeus Klip Guest House, north of Wellington. Idyllic. Sumptuous. And I saw a leopard! Their fine cellar contains an excellent white blend Palladius (Chenin Blanc predominates) but, be warned, it’s not cheap. 

If you’re in the mood for fish at a branch of Ocean Basket, try their baklava. It’s good.

South African Children's Book Awards

The most recent winner(s) of each award is given.

ABSA Early Childhood Development National Award

2010

God’s Plan by Desmond Tutu

Alba Bouwer Prys vir Kinderliteratuur

2010
In die Nimmer-Immer-Bos
by Linde Rode, illustrated by Fiona Moodie (Tafelberg)

ATKV Kinderboek Toekennings

2011

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 …

Bookchat Awards

Commendations issued annually, originally by Bookchat magazine, discontinued in 1997; renewed in 2010.

2010

The “Bookchat” Book of the Year 2010

Just Sisi by Wendy Hartmann, illustrated by Joan Rankin (Human & Rousseau)

2011

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)

2012

The “Bookchat” Book of the Year 2012
Ben and the Whales by Ingrid Mennen, illustrated by Irene Berg (Tafelberg 2012)

2013    

The “Bookchat” Books of the Year 2013

Junior
Sisi Goes to School and other stories Wendy Hartmann, illustrated by Joan Rankin (Human & Rousseau 2013)

Senior
Monday Evening, Thursday Afternoon by Jenny Robson (Tafelberg 2013)

Fiction
Mister Sengi’s Very Big Friend
by David du Plessis & Charles de Villiers (Struik Nature 2013)
Monday Evening, Thursday Afternoon by Jenny Robson (Tafelberg 2013)
Sharp Edges by S A Partridge (Human & Rousseau 2013)
Sisi Goes to School and other stories Wendy Hartmann, illustrated by Joan Rankin (Human & Rousseau 2013)
Storytime: 10 South African stories for children by various authors (Sunday Times/Nal’ibali 2013)
The Name of the Tree is Bojabi by Dianne Hofmeyr, illustrated by Piet Grobler (Human & Rousseau 2013)

Non-fiction
First Fact Finder by Helen Lewis (Metz Press 2013)
Sam, The Toad in the Hole by Lulu & Tee (African Penguin 2013)

Special Awards

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.

Lona Gericke
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.

Jean Williams
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

2009

Willemien en die geel kat by Jaco Jacobs

2012

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.

2013

Niki Daly for The Herd Boy, written & illustrated by Niki Daly (Jacana Media)

2009

Siyolo’s Jersey by Mari Grobler, illustrated by Elizabeth Pulles (Tafelberg)

2012

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

LAPA Jeugromankompetisie

2011

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

Afrikaans
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)

English
Bongani’s Secret by Gail Smith (Winner)
Three Blind Dates by Pamela Newham (Finalist)

Xhosa
Unyanelizwe by Sivuyile Mazantsi (Winner)

Sepedi
Kgethang Nna by Norman Mahlaya (Winner)

Xitsonga
Lembe Lerintshwa by Conny Lubisi (Winner) 

2011 Category: Children’s stories

Afrikaans
Maya Fowler for Om op eiers te dans

English
Jayne Bauling for Stepping solo

Xhosa
Ezra Ncebisi Nkohla for Ngenxa Yesithembiso

Sepedi
Herbert Lentsoane for Tshweu ya ditsebe

Setswana
Sello Mokua for Ke Molato wag a mang?

M.E.R.-Prys

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.

2010
The bird of heaven: the story of a Swazi sangoma
by Peter Dunseith

2011
Willem Poprok
by Derrick van der Walt 

2012
Vir Jeuglektuur : S A Partridge for Dark Poppy’s demise
Vir Kinderlektuur : Alex D’Angelo for Goblin diaries, illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden

2013
Vir Jeuglektuur : Annelie Ferreira for Tot siens, koning Arthur
Vir Kinderlektuur : Ingrid Mennen for Ben en die walvisse, illustrated by Irene Berg

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.

2011
Daniel Fox and the Jester’s Legacy by Andy Peterson (Penguin)

2012
Melly, Fatty and me by Edyth Bulbring (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:

2005
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.

2011     

Afrikaans - gold medal: Annelie Ferreira, Tot siens Koning Arthur (Tafelberg 2012)
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

2010

Afrikaans
Willem Poprok by Derick van der Walt (Silver)

English
Sidekick by Adeline Radloff (Gold)
Agency Blue by Alex Smith (Silver)

Zulu
Ngiyolibala Ngife by Dumisani Sibiya (Gold)

Sepedi
Ke a hwa, ke a ikepela by Mabonchi Motimele Goodwill (Silver)

Scheepers Prys vir Jeugliteratuur

2010
Pandora se boks
by Nelia Engelbrecht

2013
Willem Poprock by Derick van der Walt

Tienie Holloway-medaljie vir Kleuterliteratuur

2012
Theresa van Baalen for Aspris-krokkedis, illustrated by Joan Rankin 

2013
Not awarded.

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:

2008

Afrikaans
Jaco Jacobs: Suurlemoen (LAPA Uit-gewers, Pretoria, 2006)

isiXhosa
Mhlobo Jadezweni: UTshepo mde / Tall enough (Electric Book Works, Cape Town, 2006)

English
K Sello Duiker: The Hidden Star (Umuzi Books Random House, Cape Town, 2006) (posthumously)

Translator
Russell H Kaschula:Emthonjeni translated into isiXhosa from his own English Take Me to the River (New Africa Books, Cape Town, 2006)

Illustrator
Anneliese Voigt-Peters: Ouma Ruby’s Secret by Chris van Wyk (Giraffe Books Pan Macmillan, Johannesburg, 2006)

2010

Author: Afrikaans
Derick van der Walt for Lien se lankstaanskoene (Tafelberg)

Authors: English
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)

Illustration
Elizabeth Pulles for Siyolo se trui / Siyolo’s jersey (Tafelberg)

2012

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.