Last week, 3 – 9 September 2018, marked National Book Week, a week dedicated to encouraging South Africans to read.

According to the South African Book Development Council, children who read are able to easily transcend hurdles often imposed by the low educational levels of their parents, their community’s economics or the political systems of their country.

Keeping books in a home has proven to improve children’s imagination, increase intelligence while boosting brainpower and vocabulary. That’s why we’ve selected a number of books that we thought your little ones might enjoy.


The first in an ongoing series, A Little Horse Called Pancakes introduces young readers to a very special relationship between a girl and her miniature horse. They develop a bond and challenge what others perceive as the norm with the help of all the animals that live on their farm. With beautiful colour and black-and-white illustrations, the book uses the discipline of equestrian vaulting to educate readers about the sport and convey the lesson that commitment and dedication pay off in the end. It is aimed at children aged 4-8 and can be used as an early reader.

A Little Horse Called Pancakes is available at Takealot, Exclusive Books and The Noordhoek Cafe for R120.


Shhh can you hear us? is an independently published children’s picture book authored by Veruska De Vita and illustrated by Azrah Osman. It is aimed at pre-schoolers, aged 3 to 6 years. With simple text and storyline, toddlers and children have the opportunity to use their imaginations and interpret the story through the illustrations.

A sweet, relatable book, it tells the story of a brother and sister who sneak out the house to visit their friends next door. The story is set in Autumn and depicts the transition from Summer to Winter through the colour of the leaves and in the long-sleeved pyjamas worn by the characters. This book is available at Bargain Books, Exclusive Books for R120.


Read Aloud Magic Box sets are aimed at encouraging reading aloud in the home and in the classroom. Set A is suited to children from ages 4 to 7 and include 12 beautifully designed books filled with adventure-filled stories set in Africa. These stories revolve around children and animals discovering the world in which they live. A wonderful gift to encourage reading! To note – actual books included in the set are not necessarily those featured in the photographs. The Read Aloud Magic Set is available from the Read online store for R1525.


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