The original Storiemuis series was published in the 1980’s and was extremely popular due to the variety of educational elements included in the books. This brand new series is based on the same principles and contains new material with beautiful full colour illustrations. Each book is accompanied by a fantastic audio CD that follows and supplements each page. It is very important that learning is fun for young children. That is why this series bursts with fun songs, rhymes and stories to entertain 2 to 5 year olds. It also includes a simple learn-to-read and maths program to give pre-schoolers a head start.
For the first time in seven years, sales of printed books in the UK increased during the first half of 2015 – mostly on the back of a 10% rise in sales of printed books for children and young adults. This trend, which has been echoed in countries such as the Netherlands, has taken publishers by surprise because young people are widely seen as the digital generation.
Similar growth can be seen in locally published non-massmarket books, says Michelle Cooper, Children and Young Adult (YA) Publisher for Tafelberg, an imprint of NB Publishers, South Africa’s largest general trade publisher.
Cooper ascribes this to the genre’s wide reach and the excellent quality and growing variety of locally published books. “South African children’s books are as desirable as their international counterparts. To produce books children want to read, we work with the best local authors, illustrators and book designers. Our local books hold their own against imports on all levels.” This is evident from Afrikaans titles such as Storiemuis, the Liewe Heksie Leesboek series, Ons eie Kleuterbybel and Rympies vir Pikkies en Peuters dominating Nielsen’s bestseller lists recently.