Monday 23 September 2013

Help your teens to love reading

Whether you are a parent, teacher, relative or friend of a teenager, this video shares some valuable tips on how to assist or promote love of reading in teens.

Enjoy and remember to share your thoughts or what you found to be beneficial. 

Another Review of Grandma's Hat by Rosemary Kahn

We recently discovered another review of Grandma's Hat by Rosemary Kahn. This was the first children's picture book that Rosemary (R.A.) Kahn had published. It was very well received and was printed twice in 3 different countries. If you have read the book and enjoyed it, please send in your comment or post it on the bottom of this post. Your response could assist us to motivate for a 3rd printing. 

In the meantime, enjoy the review found on Kirkus


In a book from South Africa, Grandma tells a favorite story about her childhood, when hats were obligatory on Sunday. Her mother had bought a her particularly ugly hat--''it looked just like a potty turned upside down'' and was ``a horrible yellowy- mustard color.'' Fortunately, the family car was a convertible, and Grandma managed to let the hated hat blow away. Her mama was upset, but Papa proved to be silently sympathetic. Later, after the hat was rediscovered on a friend's scarecrow, the whole family joined in the merriment when Papa said, ``no bird would dare come near that dreadful hat!'' It's good to have such a warm family story from a country whose books are rarely represented here. In soft pencil and watercolor, Milne's art nicely evokes the setting in its many details, including Papa's general store (where the book's one black, a wistful-looking child, is seen from the back) and the flat, dusty landscape and utilitarian homes of the Karoo. (Picture book. 3-8)"

The review lists the book as being published by Viking, actually it was published by Songololo books in South Africa, Walker books in UK and Viking Kestrel in USA. 

Sunday 15 September 2013

Progress of Relationships - teen novel by R.A. Kahn

It's been a while since we posted about "Relationships" the latest book by R.A. Kahn. Things on our side have not been quiet though. The book has been read by a retired high school teacher in Cape Town and more than 10 teens proof read the book. We've had some wonderful feedback and hence the book has had a revision.

On the back of the book you can now find two comments. The first reads: "I have read the book through three times. I enjoyed the story; it is really nice to have a sensible book which is not 'preechy' and yet gets over many valuable messages to the young! ... A recommended read. - Elizabeth H, retired high school teacher.

The next comment reads:" Relationships gives a relevant glimpse into the world of High School. It addresses issues that I could relate to." - M. Gelderblom, age 14

Inside the book, there are more comments from young readers.

We have some book reviews in the pipleline and other exciting happenings. In the meantime, the book is available on the CreateSpace eStore and on

Thursday 9 May 2013

Questions about the book Relationships by R.A. Kahn

An interested buyer sent in a few questions we decided to share with others interested in this terrific book. 

Question from A: What type of English is it? 

R.A. Kahn answers:- It is an "easy to read" book. Any "South African" words are explained in the glossary at the back of the book for those used to American English. 

Question from A: What age range would be interested in the book?

R.A. Kahn answers: The age range depends on the child and the child's reading/interest levels.  Most of the children who have read and enjoyed it were in the 11 - 14 age group.

Question from A: Is the English suitable to those who speak English as a second language?

R.A. Kahn answers: English second language speaking children ought to be able to read it, perhaps with a little help.

The book Relationships can be purchased from CreateSpace and will soon be available on
For those in South Africa interested in purchasing a copy in South Africa, please email us as we are exploring avenues to market the book in South Africa at various bookstores or from the author. 


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