With a catalogue of over 500 titles, we at New Africa Books have a book (or two) for all interests and reading levels.
Below you will find some of our bestsellers and latest releases.
Mpumi's Magic Beads
Lebohang Masango with illustrations by Masego Morulane
Published August 2018
Language Versions Available English, IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, Setswana, Sesotho, Tshivenda,Sepedi
The beads jingle and jangle and sparkle. The girls giggle with glee! Mpumi and her friends discover magic in her hair and what begins as an ordinary school day in Joburg is suddenly full of adventure everywhere!
Mpumi’s Magic Beads is a delightful story about friendship, self-esteem, discovery and beautiful hair in the big city of Joburg. It follows the sudden adventures of Mpumi, Asante and Tshiamo as they see the world around them from new heights and realise all of the fun waiting to be discovered outside of their classroom. This story is a great read for the whole family, especially children aged between 5 – 10 years old.
Skin we are in
Sindiwe Magona & Nina G. Jablonski
Published March 2018
Language Versions Available English, Afrikaans, IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Xitsonga, Tshivenda
When we meet someone, one of the things we notice is the colour of their skin. But what can someone’s skin colour tell us about them? Despite what some people say, your skin means very little! Inside we’re all the same. Join Njabulo, Aisha, Tim, Chris and Roshni as they discover why humans have different skins, and how people’s thinking about skin colour has changed throughout history. Skin we are in is a celebration of the glorious human rainbow, both in South Africa and beyond.
One of South Africa’s best-selling authors, Sindiwe Magona, has teamed up with well-known American anthropologist, Nina G. Jablonski, and award-winning illustrator Lynn Fellman to create a much-needed book about race and skin colour – for children. Magona has written a story of five friends as they explore and discuss the skin they are in. The scientific narrative, written by Jablonski, expands and supports the conversation topics generated by the children’s adventure.
Kwezi Collector's Edition 3: Issues 7-9
Loyiso Mkize, Clyde Beech and Mohale Mashigo
Published December 2017
The comic follows a narcissistic teenage boy named Kwezi as he discovers his superhuman abilities amid the daily hustle of the fictional Gold City – a bustling metropolis modelled after Johannesburg. In this, the third collector’s edition, Gold city is in for a big surprise! Mr Mpisi and his cohorts have met secretly to devise a plot to undo the rise of Kwezi and the superhero phenomena. They unleash Mamadou, a raging giant from the hidden land of the hyena to wreak havoc in the city centre. With Mohau and Khoi still in inter-dimensional travel, and Kwezi yet to gain new insights and powers back home, all is left to an introspective Azania to protect the city.
Will the cunning Mr Mpisi’s elaborate plan succeed in furthering his dark cause? Will Azania’s heroism win out? Will Kwezi and the others return in time to aid Azania and defend the city from the ever-tightening grip of the megalomaniac, Mr Mpisi?
In this edition, award-winning author Mohale Mashigo has joined #TeamKwezi.
Mother to Mother: Educational Edition
Published June 2015
In August 1993, Fulbright scholar Amy Biehl was killed in Cape Town by a group of black teenagers incited by an upsurge in 'anti-white' sloganeering. She died just a few metres away from Sindiwe Magona's house. One of the boys held responsible for the killing was her neighbour's son.
Mother to Mother takes the form of an epistle to Amy Biehl's mother.
Sindiwe Magona imagines how easily it might have been for her own son to get caught up in the violence of that day. She writes about their lives in a colonised society that not only allowed, but also perpetuated violence against women and impoverished black South Africans. The result is not an apology for murder, but an exquisitely written exploration of the lives of ordinary people in the apartheid years.
The educational edition includes and introduction and notes on the text by Gerald de Villiers.
‘…a tour de force’ – Andre Brink