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Children's Corner a MYSA Library

March Book of the Month

Our March Book of the Month is:

The Herd Boy
The Herd Boy by Niki Daly

This picture book follows a day in the life of Malusi, a young boy who lives in rural South Africa. He spends his days tending his grandfather’s flock; leading them out to find pasture, protecting them from danger and caring for the sick and injured.

It’s a big job for a small boy but Malusi is brave and he dreams of one day becoming the President.

While carrying an injured lamb home along the roadside, he meets an elderly man in a big car who tells him that someone who takes care of his herd would make a good leader. The man that Malusi meets is Nelson Mandela.


Meeting Nelson Mandela


Beautifully brought to life with evocative illustrations, this book will be relatable for many young readers living in rural parts of sub-Saharan Africa where children often spend their spare time helping their parents to care for their livestock. The story is told in simple prose with an underlying message that many great people have started from humble beginnings.

This book is perfect for our partners working with schools and libraries in rural communities such as Eduspots in Ghana, Educaid in Sierra Leone and RLRDP in Zimbabwe. We hope that this book will encourage the children who read it to dream big!


Children's Corner a MYSA Library

March Book of the Month

Our March Book of the Month is:

Ready RN
Ready RN: Handbook for Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness published and donated by Elsevier

In today’s world, nurses are being increasingly asked to respond to healthcare events for which they have had little preparation and this book seeks to address that need.

Colour coded and spiral bound for rapid reference, this comprehensive text provides nurses working in a variety of settings with the essential information they need during a large-scale casualty event.

Ready RN covers everything from the healthcare implications of natural disasters and public health emergencies to human-caused disasters plus in depth advice on clinical management in these situations.


Ready RN inside spread


The quick facts and clinical decision-making support that the handbook provides aims to enable nurses to respond appropriately to any type of emergency. It can also be used as a teaching aid to help nurses and student nurses better understand disaster nursing and prepare for emergencies.

Books like this are especially useful for nurses working in places where resources, training or preparation are limited and particularly relevant to countries that are at risk of outbreaks of contagious diseases and natural disasters such as those recovering from the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa recently.



March Book of the Month

This month we feature some brilliant books which have been donated by Dorling Kindersley (DK) and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

We are often asked for Braille books by our partners, who seek to provide library services for people with visual impairment and blindness but often libraries are unable to obtain these resources locally. Assistive technology such as text-to-speech software is also often beyond the budgets of many libraries and individuals. Library books printed in Braille are vital to provide people affected by sight loss with the opportunity to support their education, enhance their skills and knowledge and read for pleasure.


DK Braille counting book



These Braille books from Dorling Kindersley are part of a series designed especially for blind or partially sighted children and their parents and caregivers. As such, they are perfect for helping children who are affected by sight loss to learn about the world around them.


Tactile images in DK Braille book


Each book has tactile illustrations alongside text printed in both English and Braille. A sighted adult can read aloud to a child, who can in turn read along with them in Braille whilst also experiencing the texture and shape of a furry kitten or fluffy cloud.

As Jemma Westing from DK’s Braille Concept Development Team says: “words and pictures will reach out to them and will inform them of some of the pretty amazing things about our planet. Sighted readers will be able to feel the images too and it will be a more interesting, exciting, and immersive experience. Both audiences can learn the same things by reading and sharing the same book.”

The books donated by the RNIB cover a wide range of topics and categories from biographies of inspirational people such as Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama to classic novels like To Kill a Mockingbird, plus children’s favourites including Harry Potter.


Box being packed for shipment


Soon, some of these books will be going on shipments to our partners in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.


Rosa and her friends


In Ethiopia, they will be enjoyed by people like Rosa and other secondary school pupils (pictured above) who use the Finote Rehabilitation for Women with Disabilities Association (FRWDA) resource centre in Addis Ababa. Click on the link below to learn more about the FRWDA resource centre and how it is supporting visually impaired pupils like Rosa. People affected by sight loss across Zimbabwe will also soon be making use of these books in their local libraries, supported by the Dorothy Duncan Braille Library which loans books by post to over 200 libraries throughout Zimbabwe.