Category Archives: Children’s Books

Party Time by Lizelle de Kock


Party Time is the ultimate party-planning book for parents! It contains 12 fun themes and is jam packed with inspirational ideas. Planning an exciting party has never been easier! A CD with printable templates for signage and décor is also included.

Not only are there themes for boys and girls but unisex themes have also been included. The parties cater for all budgets. Those recipes that are included are easy to follow and can either serve as a starting point or can be adjusted to suit your specific theme by changing, for example, the colour of the cake icing.

About the Author


Lizelle de Kock has always loved planning parties and her attention to detail has people talking about every party she styles, including celebrity parties. It was when friends encouraged her to open her own party planning business, that she decided to pursue her passion and Organizit Party Styling was born. The company made news when it was featured on America’s top-rated party websites, representing South Africa, and has also been featured in local magazines. Lizelle lives in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

View Lizelle’s website HERE

Like Organizit‘s  Facebook page HERE and follow Lizelle on Twitter HERE

Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781432304645

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Oliver’s Outline by Alan Glass & Sandy Lightley

Your outline is somewhere out

there where you seek.

It is waiting for you

right now as we speak.’

- From Oliver’s Outline


Like many children and adults, Oliver has to face his fears and anxiety. He believes that all his problems would lessen if he had an outline.

With encouragement from his parents, Oliver goes on a journey of self-discovery, only to realise that his outline was there all along. In order to see it, he has to learn to recognise his strengths, live in the present and believe in himself.

View Oliver’s Outline‘s Facebook page HERE

Also available in Afrikaans as Oliver se Omlyning

Successful author and illustrator team Alan Glass and Sandy Lightley have collaborated once again to bring you Oliver’s OutlineThey have worked together since 2004 with Ed Jordan and Paul Choritz on the highly acclaimed and award-winning children’s music and book series Beautiful Creatures

Alan Glass


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Sandy Lightley


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Published by Pan Macmillan SA

ISBN: 9781770104228

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Hagedash the Hadeda by Charles de Villiers & Claire Norden


A captivating story, told in rhyming verse, about a hadeda who loves to sing. Hagedash and her family will be familiar characters to children across the country – the cast is drawn from the comical birds they see every day on garden lawns.

The text offers insight into the real-life traits and habits of hadedas and tells the story of Hagedash, her happy meeting with Hagar and their growing family. The initially tranquil scene builds up to a great commotion, but it all ends peacefully.

The bright, playful drawings are by Claire Norden who has a proven track record in illustrating children’s books. The book comes with a full page of stickers to encourage further engagement with the story.

This third title in Struik Nature‘s Original African Tale series – set to become local classics – will have wide popular appeal with children and parents alike.


About the Author


Charles de Villiers works in computer systems design and is a published science writer. His ready and whimsical sense of humour finds focus in children’s verse.

About the Illustrator


Claire Norden has made a name for herself in the field of children’s book illustration, and her bold, colourful artwork is widely known and loved.

View Claire‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

Published by Struik Nature (An imprint of Random House Struik)
ISBN: 9781775841814

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Marigold and the Faraway Tree by Alison Fast & Wendy Paterson


Marigold and the Faraway Tree is the story of a nine-year-old girl whose relationship with an old tree guides her through an important transition phase in her life. The story was inspired by the existence of a true-life tree growing at Imhoff Farm, behind the Blue Water Café, next door to the Higgley Piggeldy Farmyard in Kommetjie, not too far from Cape Point, one of the southernmost points of Africa.

It is a simple tale of universal wisdom that will not only engage young readers, but teach them an important life lesson as well. Children will be able to think about concepts such as kindness, happiness and friendship. The author, Alison Fast, believes that the best stories are home grown and involve simple things such as a village, a character or even the change of seasons, interwoven with imagination, curiosity and wonderment.

The charming illustrations by Wendy Paterson will enchant readers both young and old as they complement this simple but appealing story.


View the Marigold and the Faraway Tree Facebook page HERE

About the Author

Alison Fast

Alison Fast

Alison Fast is a documentary filmmaker who loves storytelling across all mediums. Her inspiration comes from travelling, spending time in nature and leading community-based storytelling workshops. She lives in Los Angeles and New York, in the US. Marigold and the Faraway Tree is her first children’s book. 

View Alison‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE

About the Illustrator

Wendy Paterson

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Wendy Paterson is a former teacher and archeologist, who lives with her two children in Scarborough near Cape Town. She works as a freelance illustrator from home and draws inspiration from the beauty of her surroundings and the funny things children do and say.

View Wendy‘s Facebook page HERE

Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781432304379

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How Crab Lost His Head by Nick Greaves & David du Plessis


Author Nick Greaves continues the ancient tradition of storytelling in this renamed and freshly jacketed edition by recounting the myths and legends of southern African tribes. Aimed at 7–12 year olds, the 19 stories in this volume introduce a magical cast of characters, from a feisty buck, greedy vultures and a bewitched crocodile to an arrogant bat and the perpetually crafty hare. 

The collection of tales is a delightful addition to the successful series by the author, including When Hippo was HairyWhen Lion Could FlyWhen Elephant was King, and When Bat was a Bird. 

About the Author


Nick Greaves was born and educated in England. His work as a geologist took him to many unspoiled regions of Africa, where he developed a lasting fascination for its wildlife and habitats. He now works in the UK and USA.

View Nick‘s website HERE

About the Illustrator


David du Plessis, born and educated in South Africa, has a B.Sc. degree. He works as a graphic artist, multi-media designer, illustrator and animator, with a particular interest in natural history. He has held exhibitions in Cape Town and London, and also illustrated the successful title When Bat was a Bird.

View David‘s website HERE

Follow David on Twitter @_DavidduPlessis

Published by Struik Nature (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781775841876

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Karatekas 1: Friends & Betrayal by Anzil Kulsen


Warren was the best karateka of the dojo during the last championships. He discovers that his best friend Divan, who has already earned a red belt, is jealous of him. The relationship between them becomes more complicated when Warren is also selected to attend a big championship in Durban. To Warren’s dismay he learns that his mother does not have the funds to pay his entrance fees. Kyla spends time with Warren and Warren starts to doubt Divan’s intentions more and more. Will Warren be able to attend the championships in Durban? How will he choose between Divan and Kyla?


About the Author


Anzil Kulsen is a well known youth book author of Upington. More than 20,000 of her debut novel for teens, Zita, has been sold. She regularly publishes in magazines and is passionate about reading and children. Her day job involves teaching children and adults to read and write. In this series she tries her hand at books for younger children for the first time, and does it superbly.

View Anzil‘s Facebook page HERE

Published by Struik Kinders (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781432304584


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Kids’ Market Day by Samantha Scarborough


Kids’ Market Day will inspire entrepreneurship from a young age via 30 projects that are easy and fun to achieve. From colourful projects like Pet rocks, Button Bracelets and Animal masks to some tasty options like Marshmallow sticks, Milkshakes and Biscuit Monsters. Most of the projects are also practical and can be used around the house or garden, the Bird feeders, Piggy banks and Herb Pots are just some examples of these useful projects.

Every project is accompanied by full-colour and inspiring photography and step-by-step directions on how to make products that will ensure an exciting and profitable market day! Kids can use their own initiative and creativity when decorating their stalls, although a general guideline of how stalls can be styled and decorated to attract customers has also been included.

The focus of Kids’ Market Day is on hand-crafted products and the main material in each project is often something that can simply be recycled from daily supplies in and around the house. Best of all, the projects will give moms and dads exciting projects to do with their kids!


About the Author


Samantha Scarborough runs her own children’s interior décor company, Kids Decor, and is the author of three books on the subject, including Children’s Rooms, published by Struik Lifestyle. As a parent herself, she is motivated to write books that will inspire other parents to encourage creativity in their children.

Visit Sam Scarborough‘s website HERE

View Kids Decor Designs‘ Facebook page HERE

Published by Struik Lifestyle (An imprint of Random House Struik)

ISBN: 9781432303228

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Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson

In James Patterson‘s first highly illustrated ‘diary fiction’ story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.


Margaret ‘Cuckoo’ Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her ‘Happiness Project’. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favourite literary characters. 

Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves ‘the Freakshow’) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and ‘bring the Nations together’. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling… until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough. 

View the official Homeroom Diaries Facebook page HERE

Homeroom Diaries Official Book Trailer

About the Author


James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. 

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust’s Children’s Reading Fund in the UK. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children’s Choice Book Awards in New York. 

View James‘ website HERE

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Follow James on Twitter @JP_Books

Published by Random House Struik

ISBN: 9780099596264




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Jeff and George by Julia Anastasopoulos and Emily Child

Emily Child -  Jeff and George English Cover LR

Jeff and George is a beautiful and highly entertaining children’s book that illustrates the unusual friendship between a boy and a tiny springbok. The energetic duo live together in a flat in the middle of Cape Town where they playfully get up to mischievous antics. Jeff, the boy, loves to clean and organise things. George, the springbok, loves to dream of green grass on which to leap. They share an overwhelming passion for rugby, adventure and imaginative problem-solving.

On one miserable drizzly day, they create a magical rain coat that enables them to escape from their cramped-in flat. This charming book about the fun-filled adventures of two quirky friends will teach children the value of friendship and imagination, and most of all, a love for rugby! 

View the official Jeff and George Facebook page HERE.

Courtesy of Penguin Books, Introducing: JEFF AND GEORGE by Emily Child and Julia Anastasopoulos.


*Julia Anastasopoulos (right) with Emily Child (left).

Illustrated by Julia Anastasopoulos

Illustrator Julia Anastasopoulos is a multi-disciplined artist, actress and designer. She has worked in many fields, including theatre design, children’s book illustration and mural making. She also lives in Cape Town.

View Julia‘s website HERE

View Julia‘s Facebook HERE and follow her on Twitter @knolc

Written by Emily Child

Emily Child is originally from Johannesburg but now lives and works in Cape Town as a professional actress. She can be seen on both stage and screen around the country. Jeff and George is her first book.

View Emily‘s Facebook page HERE and follow her on Twitter @emilyychild 

Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143538837 

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Get your children reading, with Exclusive Books

Calling all super parents! Do you believe in the power of reading? Take your little bookworm into any Exclusive Books store at 10am on Saturday 29 March (and Sunday 30 March at the Killarney and Melrose Arch stores).

One of South Africa’s heroes will read them a story from the fantastic Dewey’s Big Book Guide for Kids.  Exclusive Books is excited to welcome Ruda Landman, Simphiwe Dana, Zapiro, Gcina Mhlophe, Tony Leon, Catherine Grenfell from 5FM, Jenny Crwys-Williams from Talk Radio 702, Jaco Jacobs, Fanie Viljoen, Katlego Maboe from Expresso, Eloise Pretorius from Smile FM and others to their stores for Dewey’s League.

To find out who will be reading at each of the stores, please visit or follow Exclusive Books on Twitter (@exclusivescoza) or like their Facebook page (

There is no entry fee, but please take along some stationery (it will be donated to a local charity). With Human Rights Day on 21 March, Exclusive Books would like to share the message that every child has the right to read!

The Dewey’s League books are about more than good marks or homework assignments. The books in this guide are the stepping-stones that will lead your child into the magical world of reading for fun, while improving their literacy level. After all, there’s no such thing as a child that doesn’t like stories – just a child that hasn’t found the perfect book yet.

Dewey League Poster for Exclusive Books



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