About the book

Remy is an eleven-year-old, intelligent, but unhappy boy who lives in a beautiful coastal South African town. Self-conscious about his appearance, he is quite shorter than other children his age and has very small eyes, Remy lacks self-confidence and struggles with insecurities and anger issues. Remy is often mocked by other children at school, particularly about his height, which exacerbates his sensitivity about his appearance. Unable to manage his feelings, he starts picking fights with anyone who makes fun of him making things worse. Not only are children starting to enjoy Remy’s frustration and anger, but his performance at school becomes affected as he loses interest in studies and his grades begin to drop. Things worsen for Remy when he starts middle school and Jayden, the cool, tall, athletic, popular kid, teases and bullies Remy making his life more difficult than ever.

In this tale of growth and self-discovery, the reader follows Remy’s journey and emotional struggle to self-acceptance. With the help of a wise owl that provides Remy with a new perspective, and his mother’s advice, reassurances, and knowledge and practice of yoga, which Remy incorporates into his own life, Remy comes to a new understanding of himself. Reflecting on her own life, author Mayuri Naidoo hopes that Remy: A Book About Believing in Yourself will impart basic principles and philosophies of yoga and other tools she cultivated as an adult but wishes she had been taught at Remy’s age.

About Mayuri Naidoo

Mayuri Naidoo, an attorney, born in Johannesburg, South Africa, has a keen interest in leadership, self-mastery and philosophy in young minds. She is passionate about philosophy, the teachings of the ancients (the Buddha, Marcus Aurelius, Socrates and Confucius), and empowering and encouraging young minds and hearts. Mayuri practices yoga and meditation at home and wants to share stories on lessons and practical methodologies she wishes were taught to her as a child to deal with challenges in life.

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Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.

Nal’ibali is built on the simple logic that a well-established culture of reading can be a real game-changer for education in South Africa. Literacy skills are a strong predictor of future academic success in all subjects – and children who regularly read and hear engaging stories, in languages they understand, are well equipped and motivated to learn to read and write. A significant body of research reinforces the link between reading for pleasure and improved outcomes for children. The campaign values the power of language and cultural relevance in literacy development. For reasons relating to empowerment, pedagogy, identity and democracy, Nal’ibali fully promotes reading and writing in mother tongue languages. All children and adults need to understand what they are listening to, or reading, for it to be meaningful and enjoyable – which is crucial for raising readers.

The most inspiring part of promoting a reading culture in South Africa is that many parents, caregivers and community-based organisations are already reading and telling stories to their children! Nal’ibali is about recognising and respecting the power and potential of these communities in literacy development. It is also about working to build a larger community of people across the country who are interested in and passionate about storytelling, reading and writing with children. In supporting them to find more ways to root reading and writing habits in children’s daily lives, we strive to build a nation of powerful readers and storytellers.

Read how you can get involved by visiting www.nalibali.org

About Madoda Ndlakuse

Madoda Ndlakuse is a Mdantsane-born, Port Elizabeth-bred storyteller, poet, writer, literacy promotion and reading initiatives activist. He is also passionate about reading for enjoyment and spends a lot of time helping community members, particularly children, to learn from their own stories. He works for Nal’ibali as a Literacy Development Activist.

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“Luna and the Astronaut of the Mind” is an exciting children’s book, with a difference. Created by local clinical psychologist, Garth Newman, and his wife, Yumna Sadan – this book helps children navigate their internal world by taking them on an intergalactic adventure. It deals with themes such as sadness and depression, anxiety and fear, anger and bullying. These important themes navigated by our hero, Luna, with the Astronaut as her trusty companion.

With the world currently flung into uncertainty, it’s a mentally and emotionally overwhelming time for many. Now more than ever children need stories that foster a sense of hope and security. This book is both a fantastical story and a therapeutic tool. Therapists, parents and teachers – anybody who interacts with children – would find this book useful.

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On stage, Fin is Thor. Angry and invincible. Yet for all his potential, people always leave him. Kayla is the only girl he's ever met who’s worth loving. The only one he's ever wanted to be worth something for. Kayla knows she's weird and unlovable. But she wants to believe there is no reason to be sad anymore. In each other Fin and Kayla find the only place they've ever belonged. Until the ghosts from the past come to break them apart.

About Carole Bloch

Sally Partridge is a novelist, short story writer and book reviewer from Cape Town, South Africa.

She’s a four-time winner of the M.E.R Prize for Youth Fiction, was shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Writer’s Short Story Prize and was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans.

Read more about Sally here www.sallypartridge.com

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Readers who love the fast pace and high stakes of dystopian teen literature should snag this book!

It’s 1976 in South Africa. In the black township of Soweto, Zanele works as a nightclub singer and is plotting against the apartheid government. Her best friend Thabo, schoolboy turned gang member, has troubles of his own--a deal gone wrong and some powerful enemies. Across the bridge, in the wealthy white suburbs, Jack plans to spend his last days in Johannesburg burning miles on his beat-up Mustang--until he meets Zanele. Working in her father's shop, Meena finds a packet of banned pamphlets.

A series of chance meetings sets off a chain of events--a failed plot, a murdered teacher, a forbidden love and a growing student movement that sweeps across the country like a blazing fire. When Morning Comes is a part of the Duckbill Not Our War series. The NOW series deals with children growing up in times of conflict--powerless, vulnerable, and yet, against all odds, brave and hopeful of a better future.

"When Morning Comes" won the Africana Book Award for Best Book for Older Readers in 2018.

About Arushi Raina

Arushi Raina was born in Delhi, grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived in many different parts of the world, such as Egypt, Nigeria, US, UK, and most recently, Canada.

About Nolubabalo Rani

Nolubabalo Rani is a storyteller, teacher and literacy activist. She’s one of the founders of Balisa Nathi Storytelling Collective and co-host of The Story Club Cape Town.

As a storyteller she performs in both English and isiXhosa, working with both folktales, and personal narrative. She is a graduate of the International School of Storytelling, and has performed in several places in Cape Town, as well as the 10th Nozincwadi Book and Storytelling Festival; the Book Week for Young Readers and Franshoek Literary Festival and the Zietz MOCCA .

Nolu is also the chairperson of the Kwa-Faku Vulindlela Reading Club, an organisation which promotes literacy in Nyanga and Philippi. It has been going for 8 years, and they work with children every week, have grown their own library, and help children to start their own ‘home libraries’.

About the book

Have you ever made a magical wish upon a shooting star?

Was it for a pet ostrich?

Follow the adventure and humour as a spunky child wishes for a pet ostrich of her very own. Will it be everything she hopes for - or a big feathery mistake? This delightful, rhyming tale about the fastest bird in the world has a surprise ending that is sure to bring a smile.

A bonus educational section is included to help children who are already ostrich fans - and those who aren't fans yet

Humour and laughter support creativity. Giving a child a BRAIN BREAK with laughter helps with social skills and improves cognitive development.

Inspired by the books of Dr. Seuss, this book was created to encourage emergent readers, spark a child's imagination and will teach children how language works. Reading books that rhyme, help children make prediction of words.

About Arushi Raina

Sarina Siebenaler is an author, autism advocate, mom of three children, and one dog. She writes children's books to encourage literacy, spark a child's imagination, and to help with social and emotional skills. For several years she has serviced parents of children with autism to provide resources and support.

FREE downloadable lesson plans are available at www.sarinasiebenaler.com

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The rich folklore culture of Africa has been passed down by word of mouth through countless generations. Dianne Stewart has a passion for collecting and retelling these stories, making them accessible to a whole new audience.

In “The Guineafowl’s Spots and Other African Bird Tales” she has created a unique collection of African folktales, exclusively about birds. Drawn from across the continent, these tales often draw on human characteristics and are followed by African proverbs that illustrate various moral lessons. This fascinating collection includes classic tales such as ‘Why Flamingo Stands on One Leg’ from Nigeria, ‘The Laughing Dove’ from North Africa, and the Xhosa tale ‘The Bird That Could Make Milk’. Many of the tales include additional facts on the featured birds.

About Dianne Stewart

Acclaimed author Dianne Stewart has degrees in African Languages, Literature and Psychology. She has written numerous popular books for children that have been published both locally and internationally, most recently “Folktales from Africa” (also published by Struik Children), and many of these have been translated into various European, African and Eastern languages.

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Everyone in this family looks different. Dad is tall and dark. Mum has light brown hair with green eyes. Some of the children have straight hair; others have curls. People regard them curiously until, one day, one of the children musters the courage to speak up proudly about her identity after she learns where she comes from and why she looks different. This rhyming picture book is about the identity crises many children face when they look different from their family members. The book takes children through the unique and often untold history of South Africa, explaining how a mixed-race heritage can contribute to their physical differences and yet they can still be part of one family. This book can also be used by educators or parents who wish to teach their children about diversity.

This book was listed as one of Brittle Paper’s 50 notable books of 2020 and as one of the ‘70 books to read before you grow up’ by Exclusive Books in 2021.

About Karen Theunissen

Karen Theunissen grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied law at the University of the Witwatersrand where she obtained her BA Law, LLB and LLM degrees. She practices her writing by blogging on a regular basis under the style of Mumziboo. Karen writes to ignite the imagination, creativity and curiosity of young children. Her writing is inspired by her four young daughters and their quest to discover the world around them. Karen lives in Johannesburg with her husband and daughters. This is her first book.

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Yoga? For giraffes? With enough hard work and a good imagination, anything is possible, as Sindile the giraffe discovers. When he stumbles across a human yoga class underway at a game lodge, he decides to master the skill as well. Yoga isn’t the easiest thing for a giraffe, and it takes some doing, with hilarious results, but when he does, it leads to a whole new lease on life for Sindile.

About Carly Tod

Carly Tod has written “Yoga for Giraffes” in fantastic rhyming verse accompanied by delightful illustrations, to help promote an interest in health and well-being for young children, as well as entertaining them and showing them the benefits of perseverance.

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Unrecognised, ignored and forgotten. The Forgotten Scientist: The Story of Saul Sithole is the untold story of a pioneering black scientist who made a great contribution to the fields of anthropology and ornithology in South Africa. Saul Sithole was so committed to his craft that even the weight of apartheid did not stop him from giving 62 years of his life to the scientific world of birds and fossils.

Saul never received the official recognition he deserved until now. This book validates his contribution, sharing his life’s work and laying out a story that will inspire future generations of scientists. This book would not have been possible without the support of Biblionef and funding from the National Heritage Council.

About Lerato Trok

Lerato Trok has more than 10 years’ experience in publishing, writing and story development in children’s literature and is the author of numerous children’s books in Setswana and English. She is currently a managing editor at Puku Children’s Literature Foundation and consults for a variety of early literacy organisations which include Nal’ibali.

She is also a creative writing facilitator and has facilitated writing workshops in South Africa, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Kenya and the United States for teachers, learners, aspiring writers and librarians.

For four years she was a South Africa, Lesotho and Zambia country coordinator for the African Storybook Initiative, a digital publishing platform for children’s stories across Africa. She has contributed a number of stories in English and Setswana on the website and translated more than 100 children’s stories in Setswana.

About the book

“Mosidi” is a Setswana story from the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation

www.puku.co.za