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From Ester Levinrad

Scared Tumi by Mohale Mashigo, Nicola Anne Smith and Nontobeko Kunene

“What if there’s a monster under my bed?”

Tumi is scared. Mama tries to show him that everything is okay.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 19 November 2016 by Mohale Mashigo (writer), Nontobeko Kunene (designer) and Nicola Anne Smith (illustrator). Edited by Ester Levinrad.

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My Dream in the Drawer, by Fred Strydom, Marteli Kleyn and Megan Lötter

I once had a dream, so small and light, I kept it in a box. I kept it hidden, safe and sound, in my drawer of socks.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 19 November 2016 by Fred Strydom (writer), Marteli Kleyn (designer) and Megan Lötter (illustrator). Edited by Ester Levinrad.

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Goldfish Genius by Chenél Ferreira, Sam Wilson and Thea Nicole de Klerk

Neo’s new goldfish is a genius. But when Neo goes outside to play, the goldfish tries to follow her and ends up going on an incredible adventure.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 19 November 2016 by Sam Wilson (writer), Thea Nicole de Klerk (illustrator) and Chenél Ferreira (designer). Edited by Ester Levinrad.

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The Sea by Julie Smith-Belton, Lauren Nel and Nicola Rijsdijk

On a very hot day, a child goes to the sea, where she discovers a game she can play with the waves.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 19 November 2016 by Nicola Rijsdijk (writer) and Julie Smith-Belton and Lauren Nel (illustration and design). Edited by Ester Levinrad.

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Lara the Yellow Ladybird by Catherine Holtzhausen, Martha Evans and Nadene Kriel

A yellow bug in a world of red, Lara the Ladybird just wants to fit in.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Martha Evans (writer), Catherine Holtzhausen (illustrator) and Nadene Kriel (designer). Edited by Ester Levinrad.

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Hippo Wants to Dance by Marisa Steyn, Megan Andrews and Sam Beckbessinger

Hippo wants to dance. Won’t anyone dance with her?

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Sam Beckbessinger (writer), Megan Andrews (illustrator) and Marisa Steyn (designer). Edited by Ester Levinrad.

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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 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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