Lo­cal is so lekker

Keep the lit­tle ones en­ter­tained this hol­i­day with these sto­ry­books


School’s out, it’s a lit­tle too hot to play out­doors and the wa­ter re­stric­tions in some parts of the coun­try mean the fam­ily pool is off lim­its.

This might just be a great time to get the kids read­ing for plea­sure. Here are five books per­fect for the hol­i­days.

1HAIR, IT’S A FAM­ILY AF­FAIR BY MYLO FREE­MAN (CAS­SAVA REPUB­LIC PRESS) This is a great book for kids around six years old and it’s also slightly ed­u­ca­tional.

It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of black hair, from Afros to dread­locks to granny’s grey hair and even daddy’s chiskop. All told through the eyes of a pri­mary-school girl, Macy.

2ZIMNANDI NGOKUPHINDWA BY GCINA MHLOPHE (UNIVER­SITY OF KWAZU­LUNATAL PRESS) R149* Izin­ganek­wane (folktales) never go out of style.

This oldie but goodie from Gcina Mhlophe is great for giv­ing chil­dren an in­tro­duc­tion to some of our tra­di­tions. It con­tains 10 en­chant­ing tales in isiZulu.

3PRINCESS ARA­BELLA SE­RIES BY MYLO FREE­MAN (CAS­SAVA REPUB­LIC PRESS) There are quite a few books in this se­ries and kids will have fun fol­low­ing the ad­ven­tures of a princess who looks just like them.

From the first day of school to cel­e­brat­ing birthdays and the love of colours, it teaches kids they can be what­ever they want to be.

4GRANDAD MAN­DELA BY ZINDZI, ZAZI AND ZIWELENE MAN­DELA (LIN­COLN CHIL­DREN’S BOOKS) R435* In this book, pub­lished as part of the cel­e­bra­tions of what would have been the icon’s 100th birth­day, Nel­son Man­dela’s daugh­ter Zindzi sits down with her grand­chil­dren Zazi and Ziwelene to an­swer their ques­tions about her fa­ther.

5HOW MANY WAYS CAN YOU SAY HELLO? BY RE­FILOE MOAHLOLI (PEN­GUIN RAN­DOM HOUSE) R129* On her first day of school Sara wants to make friends but she can’t un­der­stand the lan­guages the other chil­dren are speak­ing. Her teacher en­cour­ages her to find out the many ways one can say hello.

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