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Book Choices

Jay Heale's selection of six top choice children's books from South African children's literature (in English) in a number of age ranges and topics has been compiled over six years. After his retiral from action in the field of children's books, this task has been taken over by Lesley Beake - with occasional guest reviewers. We thank Jay so sincerely for all his voluntary work on this project. The reiews still stand - as a tribute to the excellence of South African children's books.

Most of the book reviewed can be ordered online - the quickest way of finding them, with second-hand copies also sometimes available there.

by Fiona Mcgregor
by Kathleen Sutton
by Lesley Beake
by MI Davids
by Lesley Beake
by Niki Daly
by Jeremy Daniel
by Andy Lee
by Niki Daly
by Chris van Wyk
by Gçina Mhlophe
by Brian Sibley
by Niki Daly
by Joan Rankin
by Michael Foreman

Books reviewed by Lesley Beake

by Karoline Hanks
by Kathleen Sutton

Reviews by Lesley Beake

by Refiloe Moahloli

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Dogs and Cats

by Eefka Young
by Fiona Moodie
by Patricia Schonstein Pinnock
by Julia Richman
by Helen Brain
by Elizabeth Wasserman

Jay Heale's Six of the Best with Music

by Meshack Asare
by Dianne Stewart
by Carolyn Morton
by Fiona Moodie
by Helen Brain
by Tyrone Appollis

Jay Heale's Six All Time Favourites

by Shaun Tan
by Rosemary Sutcliff
by T.H. White
by Christopher Gregorowski
by Munro Leaf
by A.A. Milne

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Out & About Books

by Claerwen Howie
by Helen Brain
by Katrin Coetzer
by Reviva Schermbrucker
by Jeanne Tarrant
by Lulu & Tee

Six of the Best Primary Animal Stories

by Beverley Naidoo
by Jill Morsbach
by Dianne Hofmeyr
by Claerwen Howie
by Nick Greaves
by Elizabeth Pienaar

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Picture Books You May Have Missed

by Archbishop Tutu
by Maria Lebedeva
by Reviva Schermbrucker
by Patricia Schonstein Pinnock
by Alison Fast
by Nicole Levin

Jay Heale's Five of the Best African Christmas Books

by Jay Heale
by Barbara Knutson
by
by Reviva Schermbrucker
by Gçina Mhlophe

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Recent African Books (2014)

by Dianne Hofmeyr
by Fiona Moodie
by Reviva Schermbrucker
by Veronica Lamond
by Emily Child
by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Young Adult Stories

by Peter Slingsby
by S A Partridge
by Kagiso Lesego Molepe
by Jenny Robson
by Edyth Bulbring
by Lesley Beake

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Young Teenage Stories

by Jay Heale
by Carolyn Morton
by Robin Malan
by Ros Haden
by Various Authors
by Hamilton Wende

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Collections of Stories

by Dianne Stewart
by Various Authors
by Gçina Mhlophe
by Linda Rode
by Dianne Stewart
by Beverley Naidoo

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Upper Primary Stories

by Lesley Beake
by Jill Morsbach
by Dianne Hofmeyr
by Hamilton Wende
by Alex D'Angelo
by Lesley Beake

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Middle Primary Stories

by
by Elizabeth Wasserman
by MJ Honikman
by Jenny Robson
by Mike Kantey
by Christopher Gregorowski

Jay Heale's Six of the Best for Early Solo Reading

by Dianne Stewart
by Paul Benjamin
by Jeremy Daniel
by
by Sarah Oosthuizen
by Graham Isaacs

Jay Heale's Six of the Best Junior Animal Stories

by Claerwen Howie
by Louise van der Merwe
by Lulu & Tee
by Robert Griffiths
by Charles de Villiers
by Daphne Mackie

Jay Heale's Six of the best read aloud picture books

by
by Pat Thomson
by Margie Orford
by Beth Jeffery
by Mina Javaherbin
by Ingrid Mennen

Jay Heale's Six of the best picture books

by Sindiwe Magona
by Lesley Beake
by Carole Bloch
by Jenny Hatton
by Niki Daly
by Wendy Hartmann