About the book

As Elizabeth dié aand toe die fliek vol bespreek was maar daarop aangedring het om huis toe te gaan, sou sy nie alles op die berg weggegooi het nie. Sou sy nou wou leef. Maar sy het nie. Dit is is die ryptyd dat Elizabeth agterkom haar pa en ma het mekaar nie meer lief nie. Dit is ook in dié tyd dat Kurt vir ´n paar dae huis toe kom van die grens af - Kurt wat al meer begin praat oor "liefde maak". Elizabeth wens hy wil uit haar lewe padgee - al het sy juis nou iemand nodig om mee te praat. Want sy weet wat hy sal sê: "Jiss, dis bad. Jiss, dis bad." dis al wat hy sal sê. En om die Here aan te roep, help nie. Vir haar en Talla het Hy vergeet.

About Maretha Maartens

“'n Pot vol winter” is geskryf vir jong volwassenes. Sonder skroom, maar met insig en verantwoordelikheid verwoord Maretha Maartens die ontsetting van ´n jong meisie se nood en bring só noodsaaklike vernuwing in die genre van die Afrikaanse jeugliteratuur.

About the book

Kerneels is ’n agtjarige seuntjie met kortgeskeerde hare en ’n stukkende groottoon. Sy ma is ’n skoonmaakster by ’n winkelsentrum, en wanneer sy nagskof werk, moet Kerneels saamgaan. Hy trek dan sy pajamas onder sy klere aan, en sy ma maak vir hom ’n bed in die stoorkamer waar die skoonmaakgoed gebêre word. Dis vir Kerneels baie lekkerder by die winkelsentrum as by die huis. Hy kuier met oom Sol, die veiligheidswag, wat elke aand sy toebroodjies en frikkadelle met Kerneels deel, en hom leer van die Aandster en die Melkweg, Orion en die Skerpioen. Maar Kerneels wil weet of mens engele sal sien as jy in ’n regte vuurpyl na die sterre toe gaan, en op Oukersaand wil hy hê oom Sol moet die Betlehemster uitwys. “Ek dink hy het verskiet en in miljoene stukkies opgebreek,” sê oom Sol. “Elke stukkie het iewers in iemand se hart vasgesteek en help ons om mekaar lief te hê.”

About Wendy Maartens

Wendy Maartens woon in Table View - 'n klipgooi van die "groot blou dam", Rietvlei se strandmeer en die Weskus waar alles om die draai van die gety, vroegoggend se vangs en die stories van vroeër dwaal. Sy is 'n kinderboekskrywer, joernalis, vertaler en dromer. In 2005 het “Lena se bottelboom” Exclusive Books se "Publisher's Choice"-lys gehaal en in 2006 het Maartens 'n eervolle vermelding by die Noma-toekennings ontvang.

About the book

“I See a Leopard” tells the tale of a leopard who goes swimming in order to visit his friend Catfish. When Catfish serves up her favourite dish of wiggly worms, Leopard is distressed to discover that they keep slipping away and are not at all easy to eat. Wanting to make things easier for their friends, Hippo and Frog come up with a better way to serve the worms. Soon Leopard and Catfish are enjoying a meal together, proving that, with a little ingenuity and a lot of goodwill, even the strangest group of friends can solve a slippery problem.

About Elaine Macdonald

Elaine Macdonald has been a successful author, scriptwriter, children’s television presenter for over 20 years; during this time she has written over 1000 educational television scripts. She was one of the main authors of the Readers are Leaders series of books, which have been translated into all official languages and are widely prescribed in schools throughout the country. She has also written an anthology of short stories for the Grade-R syllabus.

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“The Best Meal Ever!” is a beautiful post-apartheid South African picture book about a girl named Siziwe who is looking after her younger brothers and sisters while their mom is away in the village caring for grandpa while he’s ill. Mother’s monsters are very hungry, but there isn’t any food left in the cupboard and all of the money has run out. What will Siziwe do? She marches into the kitchen, lights the primus stove, snatches up a big pot, pours some water in it, and puts the pot onto the stove preparing to make the best meal ever- the meal of hope.

About Sinsiwe Magona

A former primary school teacher and civil servant, Sinsiwe Magona is an author endowed with the prolific capacity that has seen her produce nine books, among which is an autobiographical work, a collection of short stories, children’s books, novellas and an anthology of poetry. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Molteno Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement for her role in promoting isiXhosa and the Department of Arts and Culture Literary Lifetime Achievement Award (both were received in 2007).

The Hartwick College of New York conferred her with an honorary doctorate in 1993. She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize in 2009.

About the book

Faizel se kop is in die sterre en sy voete op die aarde. Faizel wou nog altyd net skitter, soos die sterre waaroor hy so dol is. Dis die dag voor sy vyfde verjaarsdag. Vir hom is dit ’n gewone dag. Hy speel pop met sy ouer suster, Fatima, en help met graagte sy ma, Shamiela, met die wasgoed. Maar wat van sy norse pa wat altyd iets te sê het omdat Faizel “so” is?

Also available in English as “Faizel and the Stars”

Rafiek Mammon

Teaterman en joernalis, Rafiek Mammon het ‘n storie in Afrikaaps oor identiteit, aanvaarding en verdraagsaamheid. Die boek is vertaal in Engels, isiXhosa en isiZulu.

Jolene Martin is a television personality, anchor, MC and businesswoman.

Read more www.jolenemartin.com

About the book

Influenced by her grandmother’s tales when she was a child, Gcina Mhlophe has written and performance talent has transported her from South Africa to South and North America to Europe, Greenland and Japan.

Gcina Mhlophe stories meld folklore, information, current affairs, song and idiom. She tells her stories in four of South Africa's nine official languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa.

She does her performances working to preserve storytelling as a means of keeping history alive and encouraging South African children to read.

She has performed her stories in theatres like Royal Albert Hall, the Kennedy Centre in the US and collaborated with Ladysmith Black Mambazo on a children’s CD. She again worked with Ladysmith Black Mamabazo and Francis Bebey quartet in a unique production, “Africa at the Opera”, which toured Opera houses in Germany.

In April 2012 she was awarded her fifth Honorary Doctorate by University of Johannesburg.

Doctor Mhlophe has worked tirelessly running NOZINCWADI Mother of Books Literacy Campaign since 2001, to help make South Africa a Reading Nation. 24 October – Dr Mhlophe’s birthday shall be recognized as NATIONAL STORYTELLIN DAY.

“The Nozincwadi: Mother of Books”, is available as a book which is accompanied by a CD that formed the joyful soundtrack of the roadshow.

Read more: www.gcinamhlophe.co.za

About the book

This story is about a Youngman who lived in the rural KwaNongoma village in KZN. He used to collect woods and garbage and used those to create beautiful crafts such picture frames, animals. He was a sculptor who was very liked by the community and their aggressive King Dabulamanzi.

The used to call him every now and then to make him beautiful creation out woods. He always delivered until one day the King asked him the impossible to make a human being that can talk, cry and walk using woods and garbage that's when his problems began.

At the end the king realise he asked the impossible and request Kasanko to ask him anything he wishes as a token of forgiveness from the King.

Kasanko's had one dream, his dream was to build a school where young and old people would learn on how to craft, sculpture beautiful art.



About Thando Mkhoyi

Thando Mkhoyi is a traditional storyteller, literary activist and founder of the Masifunde-ilwimi language and training academy.

About the book

“Kantiga Finds the Perfect Name” is a beautiful tale, infused with some magic that reimagines a popular African folklore for the modern child.

“There was once a beautiful little girl with a heart as big as her name, Kantiga. But Kantiga did not like her name.” Hearing this, her Gogo tells her a magical family tale inspired by the folklore of the magical cracked clay pot. The magical clay pot is appears to be useless because it is cracked and broken, yet we learn how this flaw that makes it more than perfect.

Follow this beautiful tale, full of colour and folklore, as Kantiga tries to find the perfect name and on the journey learns a bit more about who she is and where she is from. Also available in isiXhosa as uKantiga uFumana iGama eliGqibeleleyo<

About Mabel Mnensa

Mabel Mnensa is a communication enthusiast with a passion for finding and sharing old and new stories.

About the book

Sara's first day of school is full of surprises, but the biggest surprise of all is that there is more than one way to say hello! She embarks on a journey in a hot air balloon on a mission to learn them all.

She sees some of South Africa’s wackiest sights from the sky, like the world’s largest pineapple and a tree that's upside down; and makes equally curious friends along the way who join her in her travels as they learn to say hello in all 11 official languages of South Africa.

It is also available as a colour-in book.

About Refiloe Moahloli

Refiloe Moahloli is a children’s book author born in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems from the University of Witwatersrand and spent the early part of her career navigating the dynamic corporate world as a proposal manager, salesperson and marketer. She pursued her passion for writing after an eye-opening assignment to Mumbai, India.

www.refiloemoahloli.com

About the book

We may look different you and I,
sound different,
act different,
eat different food,
and live in different places
but when I look into your eyes, I see myself.

About the book

We may look different you and I,
sound different,
act different,
eat different food,
and live in different places
but when I look into your eyes, I see myself.

About the book

We may look different you and I,
sound different,
act different,
eat different food,
and live in different places
but when I look into your eyes, I see myself.