Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5The TerribleYrsa Daley-WardPenguin, April 2018Online Price: R198    Poet, model and actor Yrsa Daley-Ward, best known for her debut poetry collection, Bone, and her spoken-word performances, has written a heartbreaking memoir in…

Jenny’s Reads: Books to Savour

Imagine my delight when a publisher heading a large international publishing house confided that he woke up every morning around four thirty, brushed his teeth, slipped his feet into slippers if it was winter, wrapped…

Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5FreshwaterAkwaeke EmeziFaber & Faber, March 2018Online Price: R244    A strange debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centres around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who…

Jenny’s Reads: Stranger Than Fiction

The thing with this time of the year is not the weather. It’s not the lengthening days. Nor is it the thought of the summer holidays fast approaching or the overwhelming slog to get beach…

15 Children’s Books About Courage and Bravery

Having courage and being brave helps us overcome and achieve great things.  This list of books for kids will model characters showing bravery and courage in many different situations.  Let’s dive right into this list…

Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Oil on Water by Helon…

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5Oil on WaterHelon HabilaPenguin Books, September 2011Online Price: R206    Helon Habila takes you on a chase through an underworld of investigative journalism in a war-locked country, and his pace is impeccable.…

Discovering Great Books On Instagram

I have a love/hate relationship with social media.  It’s a big time suck for me, but I love all the new discoveries that I make and connecting with so many great people.  One of my…

Maybe Something Beautiful Activities

The book for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day this year is Maybe Something Beautiful. Below you will find some creative Maybe Something Beautiful activities to use with the story. The 2018 Read for the…

Community Helpers Preschool Unit (Literacy Rich)

Need some ideas for your community helpers preschool unit?  This preschool and pre-k literacy unit will invite kids to explore police officers, doctors/nurses/paramedics, mail carriers, and firefighters. I’ve bumped up the literacy value of this…

Big List of The Very Busy Spider Activities

Eric Carle is a well-loved author of children’s books for toddlers and preschoolers. There are so many favorite books of his including The Very Busy Spider.  Below are some fun The Very Busy Spider activities to do…

Children’s Books About Firefighters

Community helpers are all around us. One group of helpers that really seems to captivate our kids’ attention is firefighters. Explore these children’s books about firefighters. Fire Prevention Week is held each October making it…

Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde!

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 and today marks the 164th anniversary of his birth. The writer was schooled first in his native Dublin, then later at Oxford where he began to…

Book Spotlight: The Affluent Society

Economics can be difficult to understand. It is rare to find authors capable of explaining complex economic theories in a way that is easy for the general reading public to understand. The Affluent Society is…