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A selection of super reads to help you grow and learn

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” – Dr Seuss


Kenny the Kudu and his Christmas adventure

By Victoria Mallett (Reach, R150)

A delightfully illustrated magical tale set in the African bushveld about the power of believing and never giving up on your dreams. Why should reindeer always pull Santa’s sleigh? Kenny has other ideas!

Look out for Ozzie the Ostrich and his Flaming Flamingos, by the same author. Children will love this story while learning to embrace their uniqueness, flaws and all. Will suit early readers.


Not Quite Snow White

By Ashley Franklin (Harper, R233)

A delightful and inspiring picture book that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost. Tameika encourages us all to let our magic shine. Ages 4–8.


By Nicole Rimensberger (Self, R140)

Katie Peridot quite likes being ordinary. Unfortunately, some very out-of-the-ordinary things have been happening to her. Then she teams up with Themba, and the adventure begins …

Also in the series is Tilly & Thandeka (R110); an exciting adventure about two brave girls who have to solve the mystery of a missing crown. Great for 8–12 year olds.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

By Garth Stein (Harpercollins, R139)

A super read for adults and older children, this is a heartwarming tale in which Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together. Meet the dog who will show the world how to be human.

Back to school basics

Once Upon a Rhyme series

By Joy Husted (Self, R186 each)

This series will make a wonderful addition to a home or preschool library. All the stories encourage social and emotional development, from anger issues to sharing, caring and embracing differences.

Maths made fun in Grade 1, 2 and 3

By Mart Meij (Best Books, R103 each)

Maths anxiety can have a debilitating effect on children’s self-confidence and learning potential. Instilling basic numeracy skills at an early age and teaching maths in a way that engages young learners can help to prevent a lifelong fear of numbers. This series helps to lay a solid foundation with a practise-makes-perfect approach. These workbooks are an important resource in the classroom and at home.

Cook the Week  in 2 Hours

By Caroline Pessin (Hamlyn, R392)

How great would it be to come home from work or school lifts each night and not have to stress over what to make for dinner? To know there’s a delicious, healthy meal ready so you can spend time with your children or your partner, or just relax instead? This book makes that a reality. Set aside two hours at the weekend to batch-cook all of Monday–Friday’s evening meals. Sixteen menus are grouped by the seasons and designed to feed a family of four. Take “get organised” to the next level plus save money and time.

Also in the series is Tilly & Thandeka (R110); an exciting adventure about two brave girls who have to solve the mystery of a missing crown. Great for 8–12 year olds.

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