Are these Africa’s youngest published authors? World marks #InternationalChildrensBookDay

World marks #InternationalChildrensBookDay: “Once upon a time”

2 April every year the world celebrates children’s books and inspiring a love of reading.

Each year the Day is sponsored by a different country member of the International Board on Books for Young People. It decides on a theme and invites an author from that country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster.

The day is specially celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. This year’s theme is “Once Upon A Time”. The country sponsoring the event is Brazil.

Hans Christian Andersen

On this same day, the world also celebrates the late Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. He was born on the 2 April 1805 and died on 4 August 1875. Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages.

The books according to Wikipedia have become culturally embedded in the West’s collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well.


Celebrating young published authors

Stacey Fru

1. Stacey Fru

Stacey is a fun-loving and bubbly young girl born on the 16th of February 2007 in Johannesburg. She is the second of four children and a Grade 3 learner. Stacey is a self-acclaimed and self-trained published South African Author. Stacey is writing stories, essays and attempting songs. She is a guitarist who loves the sound of her own voice.

This book titled Smelly Cats is about two cats who are cousins. It portrays the common challenges of different socio-religious and academic backgrounds as well as challenges posed by geographical locations to the two on a daily basis. Stacey’s book also depicts that even though the cats come from the same family, they are bound to have differences due to who they are. The constant fights are real reflections of daily lives. However just like in real life, fights are a vital spice of life that do not last forever.


Reikantse Manaka

2. Reikantse Manaka

The 11 – year- old from Free State is not an ordinary 10-year-old.

Manaka, unlike her peers, would rather read and write during break at school than play.

The result of this is that at her tender age, Manaka is already a published author whose book is entitled, High Ten for Reikantse.

The 36-page offering is a collection of short stories and the book was a real team effort with some story ideas coming from Manaka’s 6-year-old sister Rorisang.

Apart from writing, which she calls her first love, Reikantse also does speech and drama at school as well as public speaking.

3. Ngure Matu Ndiritu


Ngure Matu Ndiritu

He is Kenya’s youngest published author.

Out of the Box is the title of the book written by Ngure. The book was published in 2014 when he was just 8 years old.

He hopes to write 100 books by the time he gets to 30 years.

Ngure wants to be  be a pilot and, if that fails, the president of Kenya in that order.




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