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Oscar! Cape Town's Swimmiest Seal of Table Bay

Meet Oscar, the funnest, leapiest, swimmiest seal, always up to his usual trick in Cape Town's busy V&A Waterfront harbour.

In the waters around the legendary Table Bay Hotel, and with a host of friends and endless magical adventures, Oscar will be sure to splish and splash his way into your heart. Written and published by Marc Hoberman and illustrated by Patrick Latimer, Oscar! was produced exclusively for Sun International and the Table Bay Hotel.

Books to live by

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Whether you’re looking for good fast food or way to start living a more healthy life, here are some books to help you get 2018 off to a great start.
Whether you’re looking for good fast food or way to start living a more healthy life, here are some books to help you get 2018 off to a great start.

The Moonling

We review a story that is fun all on its own but also provides opportunity to discuss and teach the important impact we have on the earth.
The Moonling, by Tjaart Lehmacher and Paula Oelofsen is the perfect coming-of-age storybook to help children connect with nature. Meet a Moonling longing for the earth, and a ten-year-old Earthling, named Karl, who wants nothing more than to explore the moon and the stars. By happy chance these two kindred beings find each other, as well as a sense of awe for life around them. But the more the moon man sees of this green and blue planet the more homesick he gets.

Why children’s classics are still important today

Claire Montague-Fryer, a children’s book specialist and buyer, sings the praises of literary favourites and picks her Top 5 of all time.
In this age of screens and instant gratification, it is challenging enough to convince a child to sit down with a book. Try a book about a hedgehog laundress in a striped petticoat or a poor but kind and imaginative Victorian child in a bleak garret, and you’ll have said child switching on the tablet faster than you can say “Wuthering Heights”.

Help create a nation of readers

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Reading and literacy are at the heart of personal growth and community development and National Book Week helps spread the joy of reading to as many households as possible
Spurred on by a 2006 study that showed a high number of South African households don’t own a single leisure book, the South African Development Council (SADC) launched National Book Week in order to promote the love of reading.

Little boat with a brave heart

The Little Optimist’s story of courage and optimism echo the fighting spirit of its South African author.
Cape Town big wave surfer Greg Bertish knows all about courage and optimism, and it is these qualities that are woven into his self-published children’s book The Little Optimist.

Spreading the word

The Girl Without A Sound, a magical story that aims to restore a sense of power to black girls in a society fed endless stories of blonde-haired princesses, is now available in isiXhosa and isiZulu.
The Girl Without A Sound, a magical story that aims to restore a sense of power to black girls in a society fed endless stories of blonde-haired princesses, is now available in isiXhosa and isiZulu.

New releases

Penguin Random House has unveiled its July – December 2017 selection of children’s books, and they've got something for everyone
Penguin Random House has unveiled its July – December 2017 selection of children’s books and whether your little one is learning her colours, in love with Frozen, engrossed in Minecraft or eagerly awaiting the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, they’ve got you covered. Some of the new releases even integrate with technology, to really bring the books to life!

Family reads

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A selection of good books for the whole family.
We've put together a selection of great reads for the whole family, from toddlers and preschoolers to teens and parents.

February books

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A selection of book titles for the whole family
for toddlers
Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea
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