Season's Greetings from IBBY SA, and welcome to our end of year Newsletter...
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Welcome to our December letter. 

It’s a pared down edition, not because we don’t have news, but because we guess that we might not have your full attention at this hectic time of year.  We’re saving our longer features for a bumper February 2016 issue.  But two pieces of recent good news have to be shared. Our generous benefactor  Yamada Bee Company has again agreed to support our Schools Programme, whereby in 2016, inpartnership with BiblionefSA and a community  literacy group, another 14 schools in a rural region of KZN will be given collections of appealing storybooks in their mother tongue. 

The second piece of good news is that, since our last letter, we have announced Fiona Moodie’s Noko and the Kool Kats(Tafelberg ) as the winner of our biennial Exclusive Books IBBY SA picture book award.  

                                  Fiona Moodie & Colleen Whitfield
                                            of Exclusive Books

We are grateful to Exclusive Books for their generous support  of our major award. 
Read below for more on the award ….

As our newsletters show,  2015 has been a hectic year with several bookbashes, the biennial IBBY Honour Book list compilation, Exclusive Books IBBY SA award, IBBY delegates at the  IFLA congress, and the revamping of our web site  and our brochure (both almost done). We have had two impromptu bookbashes recently, both organised by Jean Williams of Biblionef SA. One came from her concern over the lack of poetry and verse for young children in our indigenous languages and the second took advantage of the visit to Cape Town (on holiday) of Leone Tiemensma of UNISA, who has a  longstanding interest in the use of  comic books in developing children’s literacy.  Both will be followed up in 2016.  

I must thank the long-suffering IBBY SA committee for their work this year – and the EB IBBY SA Award jury members.  We are a small group of volunteers but we can be proud of our work.  Special acknowledgement is owed to two longstanding committee members, both leaders in our awards programmes, Robin Malan and Lona Gericke.    Robin has had a difficult year with the death of his sister Daphne and a bout of ill-health but he has continued to coordinate our IBBY Honour book listings and EB IBBY SA Award with care – and with grace. Sadly,  Lona Gericke has resigned from our executive committee.  She is an internationally respected children’s literature expert – having served on the Hans Christian Andersen award jury for some years.  We will miss her on the committee but hope she will continue to guide us in our selection processes.  And we are grateful that she has assured us that she will continue to coordinate our Afrikaans reviewing.

Neil Goodwin, joint editor of the newsletter, deserves warm thanks.  I put together the content;  but it is Neil who adds such value by researching background and following up trails and links. He makes it look so much more inviting I think you will agree.
I hope some of our prizewinning South African children’s books will be on your families’ holiday reading lists. They can be hard to spot in our book shops so do please make a point of asking for them by name. Our Exclusive Books IBBY SA Award winner,   Fiona Moodie’s Noko and the Kool Cats (Tafelberg), had stiff competition from the two runners up,  


Wendy Hartmann & Joan  Rankin’s Sisi Goes to School and Other Stories (Human & Rousseau)


and Piet Grobler & Dianne Hofmeyr’s The Name  of the Tree is Bojabi (Human & Rousseau).


All three books are world class – as is our 2015 IBBY Honour List picture book, Marita van der Vyver and Dale Blankenaar’s Rhincocephants on the Roof (Tafelberg)
Look out for the invitation next month to our IBBY Celebrates!  evening on February 8 – when Fiona, Dianne and Wendy will be our guests of honour.  Another special guest will be Wayne  Mills, past chair of IBBY Australia and the founder of the Kid’s Lit Quiz, which now covers 11 countries and thousands of schools .


Christmas and New Year greetings

 We have had greetings and wonderful cards from IBBY sections across the world.  I’ve chosen the card from the International Youth Library to share with you.

May you have a peaceful bookish Christmas and festive season!

Genevieve Hart
IBBY SA Chairperson

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