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Recommended Reads

Looking for a isiXhosa book for a 2 year old? Or maybe a gift for your teenage son? Need to find a book to inspire some grade 3s to read? Here are some proudly South African suggested reads from some of our friends:

Nal'iBali's Recommended Reads

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Recommended reads: 0-3 year olds

  • African Nursery Rhymes by Liz Mills
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr
  • Busy Baby by Carole Bloch (also available in isiXhosa, isiZulu and Afrikaans)*
  • Can you? by Carole Bloch & Wendy Hardie (also available in isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, Setswana, Sepedi, Siswati, isiNdebele, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and Afrikaans)*
  • Diphoofolo by Reviva Schermbrucker (multilingual)*
  • This Baby by Carole Bloch (also available in isiXhosa, isiZulu and Afrikaans)*

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Bookchat's Recommended Reads

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Recommended reads: 6-9 year olds

  • A Star with Stripes by Wendy Maartens, illustrated by Anna-Carien Goosen (LAPA)
  • All the Magic in the World by Wendy Hartmann, illustrated by Niki Daly (Songololo Books)
  • Nina and Little Duck by Wendy Hartmann, illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden (Human & Rousseau 2007)
  • One Child, One Seed by Kathryn Cave (Giraffe Books)
  • Siyolo's Jersey by Mari Grobler, illustrated by Elizabeth Pulles (Tafelberg)
  • The Gift of the Sun by Dianne Stewart, illustrated by Jude Daly (Tafelberg)

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Masifunde Sonke's Recommended Reads

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Recommended reads: 9-12 year olds

  • Luck Fish by Reviva Schermbrucker
  • Out of Bounds by Beverly Naidoo
  • Skyline by Patricia Schonstein Pinnock

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Puku's Recommended Reads

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Recommended reads: 12-18 year olds

  • The Harmony High series from Cover2Cover
  • Dark Poppy's Demise by SA Partridge
  • The Dangerous Dream of Ben Maludzi by Christa Laird
  • Pops and The Nearly Dead by Edyth Bulbring
  • Deadlands by Lily Hearne
  • When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellison

Look out for a full list of Puku's Recommended Reads: coming soon!

The Book Lounge's Recommended Reads

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Recommended reads: Pop-Up Books to Love

  • How to Be a Hero by Edge and Howells
  • Alienography Tips for Tiny Tyrants by Chris Riddell
  • How to Make Stuff - The Story Behind Our Everyday Things by Christiane Dorion
  • Lorax (pop-up) by Dr Seuss

Find more of The Book Lounge's suggestions