Some of the best family memories are made while sharing those long-loved fairytales with our kids, or cuddling up over a bedtime story. Sometimes there’s just nothing better than diving in and soaking up a great story, whether it’s a paperback, ebook, audio book or interactive storybook.
The South African Book Fair is coming up later this year, and takes place from 31 July to 2 August in Johannesburg. What I’m quite excited for is how the Book Fair has evolved and now includes a big focus on literature for kids.
In a recent press release, the Fair announced that:
“In addition to over 100 authors across the fair programme, you’ll find a range of fun activities especially for kids on the exhibition floor throughout the three days. This includes an illustration station (with a different illustrator on the hour every hour), reading areas, colouring in and activity sheets of our favourite book characters, and a storytelling corner with stories being read throughout the day. We’ll also celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the timeless children’s classic Alice in Wonderland with a Mad Hatters Tea Party.”
How cool does that sound!?!
Friday, 31 July 2015 will be focused specifically on school and educator visits, with a carefully crafted literary programme included. The new Oxford SA Pocket Dictionary will be launched, and the OUP dictionary publishing team, Dr Phillip Louw and Megan Hall, will explain the fascinating process of dictionary making. There will also be workshops and demonstrations on the latest and greatest educational apps from the top educational publishers in South Africa. Visitors to the Book Fair can also expect to meet British illustrator, Korky Paul, renowned South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe and many more.
Check out the South African Book Fair website here to sign up for email updates or keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information.