South Africa Children’s Literature

January 10, 2013

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In a few weeks, we will once again head to the airport, cry big tears and put Alyssa on a plane headed back to South Africa. When Alyssa began her trip home from South Africa last summer, she knew that her volunteer work at The Door of Hope was not done. She knew that God was already calling her to return to South Africa to care for oh-so-sweet babies waiting for their forever families.

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My friend Marianna has blessed our family with books and music from South Africa. We treasure these gifts and it is quite fun to hear the kids sing along to Beautiful Me and The African Alphabet, especially the Baobab Tree! The accents are too darn cute! When Alyssa made her first trip to South Africa, the kiddos and I began seeking out additional books from South Africa. I have long wanted to post books that celebrate life in South Africa. As Alyssa gets ready for her journey, it seems like the perfect time to finally post children’s literature about life in South Africa.

You’ll want to begin by getting to know author Niki Daly. Niki Daly is a South African author-illustrator whose picture books highlight the everyday life of children. He has many books told from the perspective of children living in South Africa. I like his books because they aren’t books “about” South Africa. They are books about every day life in South Africa. Instead of being a tourist in South Africa, we get to stay with real families in South Africa. We get an authentic experience. Much better than the prepackaged tourist trip!

I Went On a Safari: FREE printable book

We also have 2 FREE printable books featuring photos taken by Joyce on Safari in South Africa!

I Went on a Safari

Look Close, Look Close On Safari: FREE printable book

Look Close, Look Close on Safari!

Some day I will make this trip to South Africa up close and personal. Until then I’m busy reading!

Life with Jeannine

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Ellie January 14, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I am wishing Alyssa a wonderful return to South Africa and are so grateful for the work she is doing to care for babies in need.

Also, I’m jumping up and down to learn that you are blogging about children’s literature about life in South Africa. Thanks so much for drawing your readers’ attention to author-illustrator Niki Daly. I know only a few of his books, but they are terrific! I’ll be seeking out more, and it’s great to know about his blog.

Great post!

Jeannine January 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thank you for the well wishes for Alyssa!

Niki Daly has quite a few books. Hope you are able to locate and enjoy them soon. It’s nice because our library has a good selection.

Terry September 30, 2016 at 7:30 pm

What a pluerase to meet someone who thinks so clearly

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