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December Book of the Month

Our December Book of the Month – and last of 2019 – is . . .

African Animals ABC
African Animals ABC donated by Letterbox Library


This beautiful board book, perfect for little hands, takes the reader on an alphabetical journey to meet 26 African animals from Antbear to Zebra.

Brought to life with bright, bold illustrations of each animal and decorated with African patterns, this is a book that young readers will love to pore over.

Additionally, the rhyming text will make it a popular and engaging choice for reading aloud:

Antbear naps,
Bushbaby blinks,
Crocodile snaps,
Dassie drinks.

This captivating introduction to the alphabet and African animals will be hugely popular with all children but it will be especially loved by those in African countries to whom many of these animals will be familiar.

Copies will soon be on their way to Sierra Leone where they’ll be used by one of our partners to introduce young street children to the joy of reading.

Children's Corner a MYSA Library

December Book of the Month

Our final Book of the Month for 2018 is:

Storage of Agricultural Products
Storage of agricultural products published and donated by CTA

Storage of agricultural products is part of a series of easy-to-read, practical guides on various aspects of small-scale, sustainable agriculture in tropical climates. The books combine new scientific research with local practices and hands on experience. The series aims to strengthen the skills of farmers and improve their livelihoods by sharing knowledge and experience.

Storing produce will be a key part of any farmers’ activities – so they have seeds for future planting, food for their families to eat in the weeks and months to come and produce to sell for income. Using this booklet, farmers can gain new insights into how to best store a variety of crops including grains, seeds, roots and vegetables in order to minimise loss.


Book of the Month inside illustrations
The booklet contains advice on how to best store different types of crops in order to minimise loss and maximise food to eat, sell and seeds to plant for future harvests

Books like this can be life changing for small-scale farmers and their families: good grain storage can lead to better planting material, more food to eat and greater income.

Storage of agricultural products will be welcomed by rural farming communities across many of the countries we work in. Groups of subsistence farmers in rural Zimbabwe are already using titles from the series to support income-generation projects including a vegetable growing business. This group is using them to decide what to plant, when to plant and how to protect crops from disease and pests. You can read more about their business and how they are using books to make it a success here.



December Book of the Month

Our last Book of the Month for 2017 is:


December Book of the Month
Open Very Carefully: A book with Bite! Special edition donated by BookTrust


Children will revel in the chaos of this children’s picture book which breaks down the ‘fourth wall’ and challenges ideas about what constitutes a story. The familiar tale of the ugly duckling is suddenly disrupted by a ferocious crocodile who invades the pages and starts to eat the letters.

With the letter O gone, it’s hard for the Duckling to get him to “St p! Mr Cr c dile!” Then when he gobbles up whole words and sentences, Duckling wonders “What will we read?”


Inside spread


But Duckling has a plan . . . rocking the book makes Croc sleepy and then Duckling makes him less scary by drawing a tutu on him as he sleeps. When he awakes, the angry Croc then tries to get out of the book – but has to eat his way out . . .


Inside spread


This lively and wonderfully interactive book includes additional reading tips for parents and carers to help children get the most out of this unusual story. Copies are now on their way to public, community and school libraries in many of the countries we work in where they’ll be perfect for librarians to use in reading activities and introduce young readers to the endless possibilities of what a story can be.