Wendy Maartens

Torchbearers – Inspirational women of South Afrcia

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustrator: Linki Brand

This amazing series contains the stories of 12 women who deserve to be celebrated; women that will inspire anyone. From well-known women like Thuli Madonsela, Caster Semenya, Ingrid Jonker, Zolani Mahola and Vanessa Govender, to more unsung heroes such as Grizelda Grootboom and Suna Venter.

With unique, colourful illustrations by Linki Brand, this series is a must have for every young reader. The books can be bought individually or in a beautiful box set that is a wonderful collector’s item.

Available as e-books

Paperback orders: Penguin Random House SA or Boxset Click here

To order e-books:  www.lapa.co.za

Wendy Maartens

Halala Job Maseko

Publisher: Lapa

In this charmingly illustrated book, the celebrated storyteller Wendy Maartens compiled 21 stories of unsung South African heroes. Some stories are as alive as the windswept contours of Table Mountain. Others are so current that the joyous marvel of the events is still settling.

Discover how Job Maseko sank an enemy warship. Rejoice with the boy who walked barefoot through a war and follow the footsteps of the San boys who were kidnapped by traders.

Be inspired by former slave, Emilie Lehn’s survival of severe hardships and celebrate the long-awaited restoral of Sarah Baartman’s honour after her death.

This collection is the perfect gift for any young story lover!


To order:  www.lapa.co.za

Wendy Maartens

Chris and the Christmas Angel

Publisher: Protea

Eight-year-old Chris loves spending time with Uncle Sol, the security guard. Uncle Sol teaches him about the Evening Star and the Milky Way, Orion and the Scorpion.

On Christmas Eve Chris wants to know which star is the Star of Bethlehem. “I think it became a shooting star and shattered into millions of tiny pieces. Every little piece got stuck somewhere in someone’s heart and this helps us to love one another,” Uncle Sol replies. When Chris wants to know if you will be able to see an angel if you go to the stars in an actual rocket, Uncle Sol just smiles. But on Christmas morning he has a surprise for Chris. It is a message from an angel …

Also available as Kerneels en die Krismisengel.

To order:  012 362 3444

ISBN: 978 1 4853 0852 2

Angels of the Bible

How much do you know about angels and what they do for God? Did you know that God used angels to save Daniel from being eaten by lions? Or how about when God sent His angels to take care of Jesus in the desert? God even sent an angel to rescue Peter from prison!

Go on a faith-filled adventure through 18 Old and New Testament stories. You’ll discover what angels look like, what their names are and how God used them to help His people. You can even learn to fold your very own pop-up angel card using the instructions provided at the back of the book!

Published by Cum/Christian Art.

Also available as Engele van die Bybel.

To order:  086 011 0321

Animals of the Bible

When you think about the animals in the Bible, what pops into your mind first? How about the animals in Noah’s ark? Or maybe the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem? The Bible is filled with stories about amazing animals!

Learn all about God’s wonderful creatures in these 30 Old and New Testament stories! Go on a fun-filled adventures as you uncover all sorts of interesting facts about animals, like why lizards sometimes lose their tails of donkeys have such big ears. Eager beavers will love to learn the super animal sayings that accompany each story. In two shakes and a lamb’s tail you’ll learn all about the animals in the Bible!

Published by Cum/Christian Art.

Also available as Diere van die Bybel.

To order:  086 011 0321

Children of the Bible

God uses ordinary children to do extraordinary things. He used 8-year old Josiah to turn the people back to Him, and David to fight the giant Goliath. God even had big plans for baby Moses while he was still floating down the Nile River in a basket! That’s right, Moses ended up leading God’s people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.

Discover the special plan God had for the ordinary children in the Bible with these 19 adventure-filled stories from the Old and New Testaments. Just like God had a special plan for them He also has a wonderful plan for you!

Published by Cum/Christian Art.

Also available as Kinders van die Bybel.

To order:  086 011 0321

My First Animal Atlas

Publisher: Lapa

Discover creatures from around the world with this amazing animal atlas! This book is brimful of breathtaking facts about the animals that inhabit the world’s continents, and South Africa’s rich diversity of animal life.

A wonderful book for children who are keen to discover more about the world – and a handy reference source that belongs on every child’s bookshelf!

Also available as My Eerste Diere-atlas

To order: 012 401 0700

Sea Stories

Sea Stories is a collection of stories from around the world – from “Hans and the hole” in Haarlem to the harvesters of bird nests Adhi and Sinta in the East. But there are also many local stories about the Birkenhead Command, “The Flying Dutchman”, the Alibama, Wolraad Woltemade, the Hole-in-the-Wall at esiKhaleni where the water people come to fetch you, “The ghosts of Jutten Island”, “Adamastor and the Cape of Storms” and the shepherd from Macassar who found Sheik Yusuf’s grave amongst the dunes. Sea Stories also contains adaptations of The Little Mermaid, the tale of Princess Elisa and her eleven swan brothers, and the West Coast farmer Koos Malgas who stole his wife’s seal skin. And of course Hare tricks Salt Water Crocodile. The charming illustrations by Marjorie van Heerden will carry a little reader away to a magical world full of oceanic wonder.

This publication is also available in Afrikaans, Stories van die see.

ISBN 978 1 4853 0581 1 

To order: 012 362 3444

Bible Stories for Children

Publisher: Randomstruik

In Bible Stories for Children, Wendy Maartens expresses her passion for ‘painting with words’ in a fresh and unique manner. Her retelling of stories from both the Old and New Testament will help children – from an early age – to follow Christ’s example by living abundantly, loving unconditionally and forgiving easily. These stories will make them excited about God and His people, the wonderful world in which they live, and teach them that God is a God who loves, smiles and forgives. The combination of Wendy’s accessible text and Marie Prinsloo’s joyful illustrations will give children a modern and open-minded insight into the facts and questions of Christian faith.

Format: Hardcover

Size: 280 x 195mm

Pages: 112

ISBN 978 1 43230 510 9 

Devotions for Little Hearts

Publisher: Christian Art Kids (CUM)

Do you know God loves you so much that He wrote your name in the palm of His hand, never to be erased. God speaks to you every day. Sometimes He whispers to you from deep within your heart, making it feel as though little butterflies are fluttering around. Sometimes He writes you a message on the yellow autumn leaves or sings you a song in the whistling wind. And with the tiny footprints of a seagull, He can even write a litter in the sand!

In Devotions for Little Hearts, Wendy Maartens takes children on a journey through God’s beautiful creation to discover His love and care, laying a solid foundation for their growing faith.

Fifty devotions are complemented by beautiful illustrations by Natalie and Tamsin Hinrichsen, making it so much more special for little ones.

Every devotion is accompanied by a Scripture verse, something to do, something to think about and a closing prayer. A hidden mouse in every illustration is fun, interactive and develops concentration skills. 


Format: Hardcover

Size: 165 x 205 mm

Pages: 208

ISBN 978 1 4321 2262 1

My first atlas

In which country can you hear about 700 different languages? Where do the Ministers sometimes ride to parliament on their bicycles? Which country is so big that it takes seven days by train to cross from east to west? In which South African town did the police ride on camels? Which province in South Africa is the biggest?

Explore the world with this fun-filled full-colour atlas! It’s brimming with fantastic facts about all the continents, and about South Africa and its nine provinces in particular.

EXTRA! Wall map of South Africa.

ISBN 978 0 7993 6239 8

Three cheers for Tyron!

Tyron never used to stutter. Before Uncle Jaap moved in with him and his mom, the words used to glide like slippery bubbles from his tongue. Everyone says his mom is lucky to have found a man like Uncle Jaap. Tyron is the only one who thinks differently. He wishes he could tell his mom or Miss Lea who Uncle Jaap really is …

ISBN 978 0 7993 4532 2

A star with stripes

Benjamin thinks that Uncle Adam’s violin is the most beautiful thing in the world. He would love to make the bow dance across the strings just like his uncle does. Every time Uncle Adam slips the violin under his chin, he stares into the distance across the square. Past the buses and cars and flower market. Beyond the blanket of clouds that covers the mountain. When he starts playing, he giggles softly out of sheer delight. Then he says: “Benjamin, your day will come. You’ll see!”

ISBN 0 7993 3713 7

Lena’s bottle tree

Lena lives in a yellow cottage next to a big fig tree. She lives with Granny and Grandpa, a ginger cat, a rooster and four white hens. One morning Lena goes to town with Granny. There she sees a beautiful Christmas tree. This gives her a wonderful idea – she is going to make her own Christmas tree! A bottle tree that chimes magical songs in the wind and will help her to miss Mom less.

– Exclusive Books: Publisher’s Choice-lys – 2006

– ATKV-Veertjie: Finalist 2007

– Press Release: The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. Honourable Mention. The book is unusual and successful in two ways. The characters belong to the minority “coloured” community in South Africa, where few children’s books have featured a main character from that community. Death is an uncommon theme in children’s books and here it is very effectively handled and sensitively told.

Lena’s bottle tree: “A gentle, moving picture book rich with Christmas and Africa. Rewarding and responsible: a story which belongs to our land.” – Jay Heale, Bookchat.

ISBN 978 0 7993 4937 5

Princess Sparrow

Ever since the sparrows began to build their nest under the roof of their porch, Dina has been watching them every day. She has never seen the sparrows argue. But Dina’s mom and dad are always arguing. That is why Dina sticks feathers in her hair and puts a crown on her head. Then she is no longer Dina. She is Princess Sparrow. And she flies to a place where everything is better …

ISBN 978 0 7993 4531 5