Ethnikids celebrates its first birthday at NIROX Sculpture Park

On Saturday 5 May local children's bookstore, Ethnikids, will celebrate their first birthday with a family fun day at NIROX Sculpture Park.

Ethnikids first birthday at NIROX with Sindiwe Magona

The day will consist of a number of fun literary events for children of all ages. Families will be able to enjoy a picnic in the park interspersed by children's book readings every hour, on the hour, with musical workshops in-between. Children will also be given the opportunity to meet the authors of their favourite books.

Ethnikids is an online bookstore specialising in children's books that feature characters of colour in various South African languages. Their mission is to provide diverse material that all children can relate to and identify with. David Philip author, Sindiwe Magona, will be there to discuss and read from her latest children's book Skin we are in. 

Be sure to join Ethnikids, Sindiwe Magona, and a number of other local authors for a fun day celebrating the joys of reading.

The line-up is as follows:


10am - Gates open

11am - Swaady Martin, author of Malaika & The Angel

12pm - Bianca Masina, author of I Love Me

1pm - Sing-along with with Moshoeu Ketlele to Mzansi's Nursery Rhymes

2pm - Lebohang Masango, author of Mpumi's Magic Beads

3pm - Refiloe Moahloli, author of How many ways to say hello and Tullula

4pm - Sindiwe Magona, author of Skin we are in


Get your tickets for the event here.

Dr Sindiwe Magona receives Honorary Doctorate from Rhodes University
Sindiwe Magona Honorary Doctorate Rhodes University

One of this year's Rhodes University Honorary Doctorate recipients is poet, activist, and David Philip author, Dr Sindiwe Magona.

One of South Africa's literary stalwarts, Magona, was bestowed with a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) during the April 2018 graduation session at the Grahamstown university.

Magona has written over 120 children's books in her lifetime and was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in 2011. Magona, who worked for the United Nations for 20 years, is currently a Writer-in-Residence at the University of the Western Cape where she continues her work as a language ambassador and mentor for young writers in Southern Africa.

The other recipients of honorary doctorates alongside Magona were Professor Peter Mtuze, Dr Andrew Mlangeni, Professor Vishnu Padayachee, Ms Yvonne Chaka Chaka, and Judge Dikgang Moseneke.

Of the occasion, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Vice-Chancellor for Rhodes University, said, "It is a privilege for us as the Rhodes University community to honour such outstanding citizens for their many and significant contributions. We warmly congratulate them for their notable achievements. Not have they made it their life's work to enrich the lives of others, they are also excellent role models to us all."

Children's book celebrates the science behind skin colour

One of South Africa's literary stalwarts, Sindiwe Magona, has teamed up with well-renowned American anthropologist, Nina G. Jablonski, to create Skin we are ina much-needed book about race and skin colour - for children.

Skin we are in by Sindiwe Magona and Nina Jablonski

Together with award-winning illustrator Lynn Fellman, the trio have researched, written and produced a lively and colourful book to educate children on the science behind skin colour.


The essence of the story lies in the knowledge that despite appearances, on the inside we are all the same. When asked why she embarked on the project Jablonski cites the need for "accessible, authoritative scientific education" in the country and says that Magona was the only person to help fulfill her vision. "More than anything I wanted the book to be believable for kids. It had to be written in their voices, for their experiences," says Jablonski. Skin we are in is a celebration of the glorious human rainbow, both in South Africa and beyond. 


Magona has written the story of five young 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, as eye-catching illustrations and informative graphics, drawn by Fellman, keep young readers intrigued and entertained.


Sindiwe Magona has written over 120 children's books in her lifetime and was awarded the Order of Okhamanga in 2011. She is currently a Writer-in-Residence at the University of the Western Cape as she continues her work as a writer, editor, translator and mentor to many of South Africa's best emerging writers.


Nina G. Jablonski is an anthropologist, paleontologist, and science educator. She studies and writes about human and primate evolution, and is especially interested in how skin and skin colour have evolved and influenced human life and societies. She conducts research and lectures in many countries, including South Africa, where she is a Permanent Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS).


Lynn Fellman is a multimedia artist and science communicator. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and a Fulbright Senior Scholar who studies, draws, paints, and lectures about the wonder and beauty of biological science. Her work shows the many layers of connections between people alive today and their ancient ancestors.


"The book is a testament to the inspiration, vision, and conviction of dozens of people, who created, edited, reviewed, and promoted it because they knew that the children of South Africa and the world needed it," says Jablonski.


Skin we are in is published by David Philip Publishers, an imprint of New Africa Books. The book is currently available in five languages: English, IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Afrikaans, and Sepedi. Skin we are in is available for purchase nationwide at all major bookstores and online at both Takealot and Loot.

Join in on World Read Aloud Day on 1 February

Nal’ibali is embarking on one of the biggest literacy drives in South Africa.

World Read Aloud Day Nal'ibali David Philip

Join Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, as they celebrate World Read Aloud Day on Thursday 01 February. Nal’ibali is inviting caregivers, schools and communities to join them in reading a single story to children across South Africa on World Read Aloud Day. Last year the campaign read aloud to over 700 000 children and this year it hopes to reach 1 000 000 children! To download the specially-created story in any South African language and make your pledge to read aloud, visit:

Nal’ibali’s World Read Aloud Day reaches thousands of children and adults every year in its bid to raise awareness of the importance of reading aloud in children’s literacy development and school success.  

Each year Nal’ibali commissions a brand-new story for the day and translates it into all 11 official languages, asking caregivers, schools, and communities to join them in reading it aloud to children in their home languages on the same day.

Last year the campaign read aloud to almost 720 000 children. And, in 2018, it hopes to reach 1 000 000 children! To download the special story and make your pledge to read aloud with the nation on Thursday 01 February, visit

Nick Mulgrew’s ‘Stations’ is shortlisted for the 2017 South African Literary Awards

David Philip is proud to announce that Nick Mulgrew’s debut collection of short fiction, ‘Stations’, has been shortlisted for the Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award at the South African Literary Awards (SALAs).

Nick Mulgrew's Stations nominated for Nadine Gordimer Short Story award at the 2017 South African Literary Awards SALAs

SALAs aims to pay tribute to the writers who have “distinguished themselves as groundbreaking producers and creators of literature.” Categories awarded in any year may include the First-time Published author award or the K Sello Duiker Memorial award, among others. The Nadine Gordimer Short Story award celebrates exponents of short fiction writing in South Africa. The winners of the awards will be announced in early November.

Earlier this year “1-HR FOTO”, a story from the collection, received the Thomas Pringle Award for Short Stories.

Mulgrew’s second collection of short fiction, The First Law of Sadness, will be published in November by David Philip.

Stations and The First Law of Sadness are available for purchase directly from the publisher at