Local Kid's Books

We Publish Kids Books & YA Books

Imagnary House is a boutique publisher and bookstore with a special focus on children’s books. We have a big heart for children’s literacy and imaginations in South Africa. One day, we hope to make the children's books that we love available in every part of our beautiful country. Because, we believe that enjoying the ability to read is the right of a child from all languages, areas and cultures. 

“We believe that beautiful books, made of imaginative illustrations and meaningful stories, become collectables. They are a legacy of childhood to be passed onto our children, and to their children. The touch of a book, the feel and smell of the paper, being able to interact with each page is something that ignites the imagination and stays with the child forever, creating a lifelong love for imaginative story.”

Kids' Book Launch at Book Lounge

Join us as we launch The Straw Giant & The Crow, a truly heartfelt and off-the-wall story of an unlikely friendship and love.

The author, Jess Bosworth Smith, will do a live reading of the book, with some fun straw-based and colouring-in activities to be had at the same time. 

Blurb: There is a field afar that holds an incredible secret... a giant lives there who is made of straw. One winter, grumpy and miserable with his cold surroundings, the Straw Giant chases away all the other animals in his field. That is, until the Crow arrives and begins to leave him little gifts each morning. A sweet and subtle friendship emerges — but will the Crow be able to last the Winter Solstice? Will their friendship defy the cold clutches of winter and last out?

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Our 2018 Call for Submissions

Our 2018 Call for Submissions

We are a boutique publishing house for kids' books and young-adult literature in South Africa. Aaaaaand, jumpin' jiminy! We're calling for submissions. Our priority this year is to find young-adult fantasy, science-fiction, and alternative history novels. We're also looking for children's chapter books and picture books that are sophisticated, fun and imaginative. We are not looking for educational, didactic, or moral-focused stories. We definitely lean towards manuscripts that are diverse and can travel across different cultures and countries.
June 07, 2018 by Imagnary House
Book Launch: The Straw Giant and the Crow

Book Launch: The Straw Giant and the Crow

Join us as we launch The Straw Giant and the Crow, a truly heartfelt and off-the-wall story of unlikely friendships and of what love really means. Author and artist Jess Bosworth Smith will be doing a live reading of the book, with some fun straw activities to be had at the same time.
May 24, 2018 by Imagnary House
A Bumble Buzz at Cape Town Central Library

A Bumble Buzz at Cape Town Central Library

Bumble Buzz Storytelling is back at the Central Library, and this time in a new venue. If you haven't gone away for the long weekend, here's a great way to entertain the kids. Come and join us at the American Corner for an hour of fun stories read by Aunty B and our talented librarians. A tasty feast of stories to delight both children and adults. 
April 23, 2018 by Beryl Eichenberger

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