So Many Books

The Save the Children’s kid authors and their anthology cover. These learners goes to Khakhama C.P School in Dudu.

Ugu District Kid Authors

This publishing journey has been fun. Of course it has been a lot of hard work with many headaches, like making sure the books are ready to launch when we have arranged a launch. And the difficult times, the hair raising times disappear into the mists of oblivion in comparison with the joy of getting a final book published.

Our niche publishing process is very much a creative process. We are registered publishers with the SA Publishers Association but operate as niche publishers. This means we publish just for those writers we or our mentors have trained in right brain methods. Authors age fro 5 years to 95 years and books are in varying official South African languages.

Our books all have an energy about them, as the authors are all passionate about their topic. Books are not written to make money though that would be nice. They are written to share some deep felt thought with others. Some deep need to be fulfilled. The right brain knows exactly what is on a person’s mind and needs to be written once we get the left brain out of the way.

For instance, these small children in the book above that are from the Ugu district of KZN were all told to write in isiZulu and could choose anything they liked to write about. One small boy wrote about his friends, another about his dog and a third about snakes that he said were dangerous. Such variety in stories makes interesting reading for others, and the aim of the Save the Children Organisation is that these stories will provide story material for the 3 to 5 year olds.

When one considers it, who is a better author for small children than another child not much older? So in this project, the 8 year olds are the authors, the 3- 5 year olds get to love stories they relate to, and possibly will want to write them themselves.

There are many feelings and thoughts that people have. For educators concerned about the low literacy levels in this country their desire t is to get children to read. Now children are wily fish. They will not always do what a person wants them to do, so it is better to go around the problem. Getting them to write always means they and their friends will read the stories. Enthusiasm for stories comes. Once a child is hooked on reading educators can introduce stories whey want the children to read.

Over the years we have collected a delightful list of reading material written in clear language where the reader vividly sees the picture. This is because of the right brain’s ability to paint a picture , in words that is. We have put a very few of our 2000 titles onto amazon as ebooks. In time we will put more. This is not as good as holding a book in one hands but it does enable children in far away countries to have available to them these stories written by other children.

For the most part, children are honest and kind and have a cheerful vision. They believe many things are possible. As the Queen in Alice through the looking glass said, “when I was a child I believed six impossible things before breakfast.” These stories give hope and cheer the heart of other children.

No one has made money doing this book writing and publishing, but what a feeling of pride there is in holding a book in one’s hands, a book that one has written oneself. No kindle with a classical best seller can compare with a rural child holding his or her own book, and seeing the delight on the parents’ and grandparents’ faces! These books get registered with legal deposits, and these young children ARE published authors.

As one academic parent of forty years one said, “My child is nine years old and she has done what I have never been able to do, she is a published author.” Congratulations to all our young and older authors’ You could get South Africa reading!

Felicity Keats Morrison-Founding Director

Dancing Pencils Literacy Development Project

Umsinsi Press publisher


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