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Celebrating SA’s 10th annual National Book week with Murray & Me

by | Sep 6, 2019 | Just Kids, Reading | 22 comments

South Africa commemorates National Book Week from 2 to 8 September. It’s an initiative by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture.

National Book Week is an important initiative, encouraging the nation to value reading as a fun and pleasurable activity and to showcase how reading can easily be incorporated into one’s daily lifestyle.

So what have we been reading?

Milan Murray‘s incredible collection of children’s books!

The MURRAY & ME idiom series is truly something special. With underlying themes all to familiar to young children – these books become the perfect resources for teaching important values and life skills. All the while exposing little readers to rich language development too.

“Every day we see how idioms are disappearing from our children’s vocabularies,” says writer Milan. “It was however Prof Betsie van der Westhuizen from the University of Potchefstroom who cautions on the importance of idioms as bridges between concrete and abstract thinking.”

This struck a cord and Murray & Me was established. 

Books To Read With Kids

What we love about this series books:

If ever South Africa had an author that could be compared to Dr. Seuss, Milan Murray’s books would be our choice. The way she plays with language, explaining and giving life to idioms in just as playful a manner as Dr. Suess’s ways with words. Add Marisa du Toit’s illustrations, NO artworks, and in your hand you’ll find books sure to excite!

These books are conversation starters between parents and children and not just the stories. We spend an equal amount of time delving into the interesting characters and the fantastical worlds they life in. Yet somehow everything seems familiar. The abstract becomes comprehendible. Real life problems are solved.

These are the kind of books that fosters a lifelong love for reading in kids and even their parents!

Murray And Me Illustrasies Marisa Du Toit Kuns

What could be better?

To be honest… Nothing. We are all just patiently waiting for each story to be translated into English, Afrikaans and Braille. It would also be nice having the books compiled into one hardcover omnibus, but that’s nitpicking.

In our eyes these books are masterpieces! Storytelling at it’s best from the words written, to the artwork covering the pages.

Titels available:

Pete Twiddlefeet and Heart on his Sleeve / Pieter Kokkewieter en die Hart op sy Mou (Braille)

Pete Twiddlefeet And The Heart In His Sleeve

Kids are open, honest, unedited, almost fearless in sharing their thoughts and emotions. Yet, somewhere along the road to growing up, we learn to hide what we feel. We keep secrets tucked away and we become self-conscious.

When and why does this happen? Find out with the help of Pete Twiddlefeet.

Hetta Elizabetta en die wêreld op haar skouers (Available in Afrikaans and Braille)

Hetta Elizabetta En Die Wêreld Op Haar Skouers

Die 2de boek in die idioom-reeks.

Hierdie boek is in rym geskryf met ’n fokus op alliterasie, assonansie en metrum. Die strofes is in tradisionele limiriek-vorm gedruk, sodat die leser maklik die ritme kan volg.  Dit maak die boek dus ideaal vir selflees sowel as voorlees.

Hetta Elizabetta is ‘n sewejarige, maar sy is anders as haar maats. Daar is so baie dinge wat haar pla en met elke las / kommernis  wat bykom dra sy net swaarder. Wat gebeur as daardie vrag wat Hetta dra te swaar raak vir haar?

Kop in die wolke in Kromkieriefontein (Only available in Afrikaans)

Kop In Die Wolke In Kromkieriefontein

Boek 3 in die idioom-reeks. In Kromkieriefontein loop almal met krom ruë en hangskouers. Hulle kyk net vir hulle voete en volg een tree na die ander. Dis mos waaroor die lewe gaan? Selfs dagdroom en lees is verbied. Dit is waar vir almal behalwe Juffrou Kiertsregop, ‘n Gr 2 juffrou by Laerskool Kromkierie. Sy loop penorent!

Die Hoepelkrombende moet uitvind wat aangaan en agtervolg Juffrou Kiertsregop een middag na skool om te sien wat gebeur by die huis op die bult. Daar leer hulle die waarde van drome en jou verbeelding.

Thomas and the Trumpet / ‘n Trompet vir Thomas

Thomas And The Trumpet

The first book not part of the idiom series; Thomas and the Trumpet tackles the scary myths of being a child with asthma providing encouraging truths and real world examples of how anyone with asthma can live a normal and exciting life.

* 10% of all proceeds of this book goes to the CIPLA FOUNDATION.

All books are softcover and retail for around R150. Available online at or your local bookstore.

To who would we recommend these books:

Every Murray & Me book is treasured in our home!

Aimed at 6-9 year olds these books appeals to Eliana on every level. She enjoys the stories and understands what each idiom means. That being said, Lia (almost 5) gets lost in the pictures and even makes up her own endings, twists and turns. We just need a little more time reading each book from beginning to end.

Murray And Me Publishers

GIVEAWAY CLOSED – Congratulations Soné Vollgraaff (Instagram)

Read with us this National Book Week!

Win a set of Murray & Me Books. This set will include the following:

  • Thomas and the Trumpet
  • Hetta Elizabetta en die wêreld op haar skouers
  • Pete Twiddlefeet and the Heart in His sleeve
  • Kop in die wolke in Kromkieriefontein

How to enter:

1. COMMENT below sharing your favourite children’s book. Also, feel free to SHARE this post with all your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter, it would be greatly appreciated.

2. Also gain entries on Instagram and Facebook too.

Good luck!

National Book Week South Africa


  1. You need to complete the compulsory step as stated above. Failure to do so will result in you being disqualified.
  2. Instagram and Facebook is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. Competition only open to South African residents residing in South Africa.
  4. Winner must be 18+ years old.
  5. Competition closes on the 8th of September 2019 – International Literacy Day!
  6. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  7. Please enter a valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.
  8. The greatest care will be taken when mailing your hamper but Just a Mamma and Murray & Me do not accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged items.

* Disclaimer: This prize was sponsored by Murray & Me.

Book Week South Africa

PHOTO CREDIT | Anje-Ilana van Dalen from Madison & West Lifestyle Division.

For more BOOK REVIEWS and to see what we where reading during last year’s National Book Week be sure to have a look HERE.

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  1. Tanya August

    My son loves the cat in the hat

      • Nirisa Govender

        My sons have their aunts treasured copy of Snow White …they know the words but still Enjoy reading it. 😆

  2. Dannielle Hartley

    My Graad een seuntjie love knikkie!

  3. Annène van Eeden

    My boy loves ‘Pieter Kokkewieter en die hart op sy mou’! Would love to read the others too x

  4. Fatima Jackson

    My kids love the cat in the hat… Also they love all princess stories

  5. Sonnette Badenhorst

    My een seuntjie wat 3 jaar oud is LOVE die 3 Varkies en Pieter en die wolf en my 2 jarige Love Die wiele van die bus 🌟

  6. Marile Seyffert

    Ons is op die stadium besig met Bambi. My dogtertjie is mal oor die diere

  7. Elmaree Fisher

    Dit sal fantasties wees om vi my seuntjie te wen

  8. Mpho mokwana

    Spot goes to the beach my Lil girl loves it

  9. Lee-ann Mokgothu

    We love Ten little fingers and ten little toes

  10. Chane

    Our current favourite is an Afrikaans one called Die Bokrammetjies Rof.

  11. kamilah francis

    The Lion King

  12. Lorryn Herbst

    Our favourite book is “The Gruffalo” as well as “Giraffes Can’t Dance”

  13. Kavendree

    Any Julia Donaldson or Dr Suess book.

  14. Mukhethwa

    My daughter is 6 months old and truly speaking she does not have a favourite book so far so winning this amazing giveaway,will b a dream coming true cz I believe that your books are one of the best on the market,and will soon have a favourite book

  15. Kim Hoffe

    We LOVE reading in our family and enjoy our nightly bedtime stories – one story per child each evening, so storytime can get quite long 😀

    Current favourites are “What the Ladybird Heard” and “The Snail and the Whale”, both by Julia Donaldson.



  17. Bhavana Singh

    The Lion King

  18. Priya jackson

    My kids love all animated Disney stories, however I started reading this books called yes yanga by Refiloe Moahloli. They love it and are so excited to hear story each day.

  19. Lanese Carstens

    My twee-jarige is mal oor die Eikebos reeks: Hasie soek slaapplek, Posman Beer, Vos se sokkies en Soek vir Henna Hen. Ouer sussie is op hierdie stadium besot op enigiets Prinses of Feetjies.

    Ek kan nie wag om Milan se boeke te probeer nie; dis die eerste keer wat ek van dit hoor!

  20. Lyn

    The Magic Faraway Tree. My kids love this old book of mine


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