Home Page    Publications    

Children's Books



The Keteka Series




                Antjie

Antjie

This early reader/picture book follows the adventures of Antjie, a little girl of eight, as she wanders through her village of Genadendal searching for her lost donkeys.

Beautiful full-colour photographs introduce the reader to the rhymes, characters and places which make up life in a sleepy dorp in the Overberg. The aim of the book is to both affirm the experiences of rural children and to introduce urban children to a lifestyle different from their own.

ISBN:978-1-875069-19-4 / 20-0
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, Tswana & Zulu, S. Sotho, N. Sotho, English
List Price: R50

Place order >>

elru line


                Mhlanguli

Mhlanguli

From when he wakes up in the dark bed he shares with his sister, till late afternoon when he meets his dance partner at the local hall, we follow Mhlanguli's activities, sharing in the vibrant life of township dwellers in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

What is is it about the number three that Mhlanguli has to remember?

Young children will be eager to discover the answer to this as they enjoy the full-colour photographs that accompany the simple text.

ISBN:978-1-875069-23-1 / 24-8
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, Tswana & Zulu, S. Sotho, N. Sotho, English
List Price: R50

Place order >>

elru line


                Azhar

Azhar

This book focuses on a boy who attends an ex-Model C school in Cape Town. The art teacher has set the class a project: "Draw a picture on every day of the week showing what you and your family do". Some of what he does reflects his Muslim background, such as attending Madressah, and some are the general interests of many boys his age - cricket, swimming and family meals.

ISBN:978-1-875069-26-2 / 27-9
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, Tswana & Zulu, S. Sotho, N. Sotho, English
List Price: R50

Place order >>

elru line


                Zimkhitha

Zimkhitha

Zimkhitha lives in Gobozana, a small village in the Eastern Cape. When the children of the village need their ball rescued from Sis'Nokuphumlas' yard, it is Zimkhitha with her special qualities who is needed. But where is Zimkhitha? This book shows some of the games, interests and responsibilities of rural children.

ISBN:978-1-875069-29-3 / 30-9
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, Tswana & Zulu, S. Sotho, N. Sotho, English
List Price: R50

Place order >>

elru line


                Cindy

Cindy

Cindy Khambule lives in Berea, Johannesburg. The book explores the lifestyles of children who live in flats, whose parents both work and who must catch taxis or trains with her siblings to get to school, children whose playgrounds are inner city parks.

ISBN:978-1-875069-31-6 / 32-3
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, Tswana & Zulu, S. Sotho, N. Sotho, English
List Price: R50

Place order >>

elru line

Maths and Science (SEEDS) Series


                On the Road

Endleleni, On the Road, Op die Pad

ELRU's latest children's book follows a family from Louwville near Vredenbrug as they drive through the West Coast on a family outing.

The journey, depicted in colour photographs is rich in science, math, and life experiences. The text throughout is colour coded in the three official languages of the Western Cape: Xhosa, Afrikaans, and English. Ideas and information for parents and teachers are provided at the back of the book. Although the journey takes place in the Western Cape of South Africa, the book is relevant to all young children and their families.

ISBN 978-1-875069-64-4
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>

elru line

                By the Sea

Elwandle, By the Sea, By die See

Young children naturally learn maths and science on an outing to the sea.

Follow a group of children as they play in the sand, interact with fishermen and observe the natural world on Paternoster, a small fishing and holiday village on the West Coast. This series of books encourages children to see the outside world as the biggest and richest classroom that they have. Ideas and information for parents and teachers appear at the back.

ISBN 978-1-875069-75-0
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>

elru line

                Along the River

Ecaleni Komlambo, Along the River, Rivierlangs

Visiting a national park that boasts a major river is a maths and science experience for young children.

Follow a group of pre-schoolers as they are led by a park ranger from the Bontebok Park along the banks of the Breede River. This series encourages children to see their environment through different eyes. Ideas and information for parents and teachers is provided at the back.

ISBN 978-1-875069-74-3
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>

elru line

                In the Mountains

In the Mountains

There are many opportunities for informal maths and science learning when a family visits the interesting mountainous area above the Pakhuis Pass.

The area is a natural wonderland and is rich in San rock art. Read this book and enjoy a fun and educational experience in the mountains. This series of books encourages children to experience the environment as their teacher. Ideas and information for parents and teachers are provided at the back.

ISBN 978-1-875069-76-7
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>

elru line

                In the City

In the City

Wow! The city of Cape Town is so interesting and who knew that there was so much to learn when you visit it.

Come and experience the city with Sharman, Thaddeus and Joshua and find out just how much we can learn by having fun and exploring the world around us.

ISBN 978-1-875069-77-4
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>

elru line

                In the Garden

In the Garden

Indulge in nature's finest splendour on an outing to the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.

In this story you can smell the flowers, touch the leaves, see the spiders, hear the birds, taste the water, and count the pebbles. Let the gardens be your teacher for the day.

ISBN 978-1-875069-84-2
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>

elru line

                A Museum Visit

A Museum Visit

A visit to a natural history museum is a great opportunity for young children to learn about the fascinating diversity of the natural world and to develop maths and science skills.

But what if you live far away from city museums? This children's book documents a visit made by the Iziko mobile museum to a preschool in Bredasdorp to provide the children there with stimulation, learning and fun. Ideas and information for parents and teachers are provided at the back of the book.

ISBN 978-1-875069-84-2
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>

elru line

                Science Alive in the Home

Science Alive in the Home

Science is all around us, including in our homes. Join the twins, Chander and Koresh and their friend's, Jed and Mbasa, on a visit to Sisi Nokwezis.

There the twin's mother will teach them all [and us] how much science is a part of our everyday lives. Even better, we all discover that science can be both enriching and fun. This book also includes valuable information for teachers and parents about how to explain some of the basics of science to children.

ISBN 978-1-92054708-0
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>



                Connecting with Nature

Connecting with Nature

The aim of this book is to connect children to the magic of nature by creating an outdoor learning space where children can freely explore and experience nature in their own unique way.

With the help of little hands a garden can be created using permaculture principles. Experience the joy and excitement of eating what you have grown and nurtured.

ISBN 978-1-920547-10-3
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>

elru line

Mielie Books


                At School What If...?

At School What If...?

In "At school, What if...? Ncebakazi is about to start "big school". In discussions with her mother she expresses her concerns e.g. "What if the teacher shouts all the time? What if I can't get to the toilet in time? What if there are many stairs to climb?" Some of these could be the concerns of any child starting school, some are more specific to Ncebakazi's disability- she has Spina Bifida and has special physical needs.

ISBN:978-1-875069-42-2
Language: English
List Price: R52

Place order >>

elru line


                They Were Wrong

They Were Wrong

"They were Wrong!" debunks a range of widely held stereotypes and dentists are men, people who do yoga are weird, people from other countries are aliens. These are not the firm opinions of the main character of the book, Mikhail, aged 9, but those that he gleans from adults and older children in his environment.

ISBN:978-1-875069-43-9
Language: English
List Price: R52

Place order >>

elru line


                Am I a Lion that Eats People?

Am I a Lion that Eats People?

“Am I a Lion that Eats People?” is the third in ELRU's Mielie series of picture books whose aim it is to support children in developing and deepening their understanding of human rights.

It is the thorny topic of the unjust discri-mination shown towards people who are HIV positive or have AIDS that is tackled in this book. The main characters in the story, Mawabo and his mother, both HIV positive, talk about their feelings, frustrations, hopes and fears.

The image of a lion frightening yet brave becomes a symbol for both the fear that AIDS engenders and the bravery of those living with HIV.

ISBN:978-1-875069-45-3
Language: English
List Price: R52

Place order >>

elru line


                Waiting, Waiting, Always Waiting...

Waiting, Waiting, Always Waiting...

All children hate to wait till supper is cooked, to wait until their favourite aunt arrives or to wait for their birthday seems like an ordeal, but for Lihle Ketani, the 8-year-old resident of Langa, Cape Town, and the main character of the 4th book in ELRU's Mielie Books Series, waiting is much more than that. “Ukulinda, ukulinda, okoko ulindile. Waiting, waiting, always waiting”, she says to herself. “We are waiting for our house to be built. I am waiting for a bed all for myself. I am waiting for Mama to get money”.

ISBN:978-1-875069-54-5
Language: English
List Price: R52

Place order >>



elru line

Other

                Speel Saam in die Hantam

Speel Saam in die Hantam

Speel Saam in Die Hantam is much more than just a story of a farm and town children having fun. It provides many ideas and concepts for teachers, parents, and children which include maths, science, life-skills and, of course, literacy.

Readers, regardless of cultural and language diversity are challenged to identify and use these ideas and concepts at school as well as at home.

For those who have and those who would like to explore the unique Karoo town of Calvinia, this could also make an interesting coffee-table reader.

ISBN:978-1-875069-67-5
Language: Afrikaans
List Price: R55

Place order >>

elru line


                Bongo at Home

Bongo at Home

Set in one of the many colourful townships in Cape Town, this book introduces the concept of sound to the young reader. Bongo explores the sounds of the everyday things he encounters in his environment.

ISBN:978-1-875069-50-7
Language: English
List Price: R35

Place order >>


elru line


                Knock! Knock!

Knock! Knock!

In this picture book/early reader photographs of front doors and house facades are twinned with interior shots of families doing the kind of things families do together: reading, eating, cooking meals, putting away groceries and simply chatting.

ISBN:978-1-875069-14-9 / 15-6
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, Tswana & Zulu, S. Sotho, N. Sotho, English
List Price: R42

Place order >>

elru line


                String Together

String Together

In this book the skilled hands of a young boy collect twenty eight precious beads and one pink shell to string into a necklace.

ISBN:978-1-875069-07-1
Language:
Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, Tswana & Zulu, S. Sotho, N. Sotho, English
List Price: R40

Place order >>

elru line


                Uthini?

Uthini?

Everyday sayings in Xhosa, English, S. Sotho and Afrikaans. Illustrated with vibrant, imaginative drawings in full-colour, this book aims to build bridges between cultures and languages.

"Uthini?" introduces children who read or speak any of the four languages to a sprinkling of humorous images conjured up by such sayings as "it's raining cats and dogs" or "you are jumping into my mouth".

One of the Children's Book Forum, South African Honour Books 1997.

ISBN:978-1-875069-21-7
Language: Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, S. Sotho, English
List Price: R50

Place order >>

elru line



 

 


Copyright © The Early Learning Resource Unit™ 2009. All Rights Reserved.
A unit of the Cape Educational Trust. Section 18A. Accreditation Number: ETDP-581-PA-200602-F0028.
NPO-No 003-285 NPO. PBO Ref No: 930010806.