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Zanele Sees Numbers by Hanrie Coetzee, Laura de Lange and Arthur Attwell

There are numbers everywhere, but Zanele can’t see them.

Created at Book Dash Grahamstown on 12 November 2016 by Laura de Lange (writer), Hanrie Coetzee (illustrator) and Arthur Attwell (designer). Edited by Catherine Deiner.

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Mrs Penguin’s Perfect Palace, by Helen Brain and Celeste Beckerling

The Penguin family lives on the beach, surrounded by rubbish. Until one day, Mrs Penguin says: we need a house! But how will they build one?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 10 May 2014 by Helen Brain (writer), with Vian Oelofsen and Jennifer Jacobs. Illustrated by Celeste Beckerling.

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The Elephant in the Room, by Sam Wilson, Michael Tymbios and Thomas Pepler

Lindi finds a very large elephant in her room. But is it really there if no one else believes in it?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 28 June 2014 by Michael Tymbios (illustrator), Sam Wilson (writer), Thomas Pepler and Arthur Attwell (designers)

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Sima and Siza, by Claire Ingram, Lwando Xaso and Arthur Attwell

Sima wants to be a nurse one day. His favourite game is hospital-hospital. But papa and his friends do not approve. What will change their minds?

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Lwando Xaso (writer), Claire Ingram (illustrator) and Arthur Attwell (designer).

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Book Dash Cape Town, 5 March 2016

On Saturday 5 March, teams of professional writers, illustrators and designers gathered at Cape Town’s Centre for the Book to create beautiful children’s books in just twelve hours.

The books they created together are their gift to the world, and can be freely printed and distributed by anyone. Read this account of the day by volunteer Helen Moffett, listen below to the documentary of the day produced by Nancy Richards or view the gorgeous photos from the day, taken by the talented Marilet of The Lion and the Lady photography.

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Book Dash Durban, 7 November 2015

Book Dash teamed up with the wonderful Solon Foundation to bring Book Dash to Durban! On Saturday 7 November, teams of professional writers, illustrators and designers joined us to create beautiful children’s books at St Mary’s DSG in Kloof.

The books they created are their gift to the world, and can be freely printed and distributed by anyone. They’re widely used by literacy organisations, ECD centres, schools and others around South Africa and beyond.

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Lory Dory, by Sonia Dearling, Brendon O’Neill and Arthur Attwell

Lory Dory was born invisible. No one understands that she is real. Until, one day, she finds a way to show them who she is.

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Sonia Dearling (illustrator), Brendon O’Neill (writer) and Arthur Attwell (designer).

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Book Dash Jozi, 27 June 2015

Book Dash JoziWe teamed up with the lovely folk at African Storybook to bring Book Dash to Jozi on 27 June 2015. Teams worked together to create new children’s books in just twelve hours.

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Over forty professional writers, illustrators, and designers gathered, supported by a team of photographers, technical and art directors, storytellers, caterers, and logistics wizards. Everyone was a volunteer, and everything they created is their gift to the world.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, and join our mailing list to hear about future events.

Huge thanks to the Goethe Institute for hosting us in their wonderful venue for our book-creation day.

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Book Dash Cape Town, 30 August 2014

Our third Book Dash was Women’s Day themed, and organised in collaboration with Rock Girl and the African Storybook Project. Each team wrote a biography of an inspiring African woman.

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Mandela Day Handout, 18 July 2014

Book Dashers congregated at Jireh ECD Centre in Mitchell’s plain to hand out 750 Book Dash books to children. Each child got to take home three beautiful Book Dash books.

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Sleepy Mr Sloth, by Paul Kennedy, Nick Mulgrew and Graham Paterson

Sleepy Mr Sloth

He’s quite good at climbing. He knows how to swing. But sleeping’s his favourite, favourite thing!

Created by Paul Kennedy, Nick Mulgrew and Graham Paterson (and edited by Tarryn-Anne Anderson and Arthur Attwell) at the very first Book Dash on 10 May 2014.

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  • Sepedi (nso)
  • Sesotho (st)
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Book Dash Cape Town, 28 June 2014

Our second Book Dash saw ten teams working for 12 hours at Cape Town Central Library. The space buzzed with creative energy as each team created a story from scratch.

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Book Dash Cape Town, 10 May 2014

This was our very first Book Dash. Just two teams working for six hours at the Paperight/Electric Book Works offices. We learned a lot about how future Book Dashes might work.

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