Award-Winning Children's Book Author Lesley Beake
   





Early Publications : 1986 - 1994

  
Detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure (Tafelberg 1986)
The Strollers (Maskew Miller Longman (MML) 1987)
A Cageful of Butterflies (MML 1988)
Harry went to Paris (Penguin 1989)
Traveller (MML 1989)
Merino (MML 1989)
Rainbow (MML 1989)
Tjojo and the wild horses (De Jager-HAUM 1990)
Serena’s story (MML 1990)
Mandi’s wheels (BBC Publishing Namibia 1990)
Song of Be (MML 1991)
Bau and the Baobab tree (Tafelberg 1992)
One dark night (READ Little Library 1993)
The Race (Oxford University Press 1993)
Lamma Adventure (MacMillan Hong Kong 1993)
Café Thunderball (De Jager-HAUM 1993)
The story-telling day (MML 1994)
Who’s there? (MML 1994)
Desert hero (MML 1994)
Z456 to the rescue (MML 1994)
Looking for me (MML 1994)


Zebra Books (Kagiso Publishers) : 1995 - 1996

These books were later published again as part of the Stars of Africa series (MML)
    
Hello? Hello? (Kagiso 1995/1996)
The Library Book (Kagiso 1995/1996)
The last minute (Kagiso 1995/1996)
Sidima’s goal (Kagiso 1995/1996)
An ordinary barking dog (Kagiso 1995/1996)
Liziwe’s long walk (Kagiso 1995/1996)
Nomisa waits (Kagiso 1995/1996)
Stop making that noise! (Kagiso 1995/1996)
Our house (Kagiso 1995/1996)
The chase (Kagiso 1995/1996)
Dizzie Lizzie, Disco Dancer (Kagiso 1995/1996)
Diamonds (Kagiso 1995/1996)
Free to be me (Kagiso 1995/1996)


Sunbird Books (PPS Publishing) : 1997 - 1998

Esi hates school (Sunbird 1997)
Dorsla and the stolen gold (Sunbird 1997)
Faqu’s goats (Sunbird 1998)
Julie and the new shoes (Sunbird 1998)


Recent Publications with Other Publishers 
    

Jakey (Tafelberg 1997)
Tina’s song - with Tina Schouw (Cambridge University Press 1999)


Stars of Africa (Maskew Miller Longman) : 1998 - 2003

  
Hare helps (MML 2000)
Frog and dog (MML 2001)
Bad John (MML 2001)
Kubi the star (MML 2002)
Lindal’s little cow (MML 2002)
My mother hates television (MML 2002)
Waiting for rain (MML 2003)
Grandfather remembers (MML 2003)
The Bead Book (MML 2004)


Titles since 2005

Home Now Published by Frances Lincoln (UK) in November 2006
Home Now Published by Charlesbridge (USA) in November 2006
Hjemme Nĺ Published by Iko Forlaget As (Norway) 2006
Home Now was published by Pan Macmillan (under its Giraffe Books imprint) in English and five African languages in January 2008. Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Setswana.
Home Now was published in Korean in 2009

 
Cambridge University Press Rainbow Readers 2008 & 2009

Ages 6-8 (CUP 2008)
Blue, blue sea
Sisters
Drum, drum, drum
I live here

Ages 10-11 (CUP 2009)
Finding Dad
Karoo Monsters
String of Beads
The most interesting job in the world (with Dr Janette Deacon)
Mapungubwe (With Dr Janette Deacon)
Koba of the Kalahari (With Melissa Heckler)

Ages 11-12 (CUP 2009)
Kalahari Stone
The girl next door to the girl next door
The Message
The Concert
Family Secrets


Other Publishers

Rough Luck, published by Hodder (UK) in their Africa Readers series in 2009.

Remembering Green, the first part of a trilogy for young adults, was published by Frances Lincoln in August 2009.

My Story, Our Stories was published in June 2009 by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. This is a collection of stories written with children from all nine provinces of this country. See under Educational and Workshops on this site.


New Books

2010

Biographies of soccer players Lucas Radebe and Steven Pienaar were published by Penguin in 2010 in time for the FIFA Soccer World Cup

Three Friends, published by Shooter and Shuter in 2010

Readers for Masterskills Publishers, Foundation Phase 2010

Dancing with Dad
My BIG brother
The day I was born
Other kids

  
2011

Jock, the books of the film, for Penguin Publishers for release with the animated film. Three books were commissioned - a board book for younger children an intermediate book for new readers and a full-length story of the film for 10-12 year-old readers.

Little Lion, with illustrations by Erika Pal, was published in October 2011 by Francis Lincoln Publishers in UK and America with translations into Danish and Swedish.
   

2012

Jamie’s Adventures in Time – finding Hugh Miller, a commissioned book that is a biography of a 19th century geologist working just before Darwin published his Theory of Evolution. The book was privately funded and is sold through the Scottish National Trust. Published in Cromarty, Scotland.
  

2013

Leo’s Life: a story concerning art theft in Africa, a street child who gets mixed up with the thieves, and an exciting mystery to solve. Published by Shuter and Shooter, Pietermaritzburg, for grade seven.

The Nobody Club: conservation and bird smuggling in the Drakensberg Mountains. Published by Cambridge University Press, Cape Town, for grade eight.

Series of 40 stories for grade four readers. (Independent publisher with confidentiality clause.)


2014

Fifty stories for Grade Four readers. (Independent publisher with confidentiality clause.)
  

2015

Work on a graded reader scheme for Oxford University Press 22 books.

Further 40 stories for independent publisher.

Work on graded readers for Oxford University Press.

Developed online writing course for adults.  
 

2016

Completed Hap: An archaeological novel about a young American teenager who experiences an empathy with a young hunter-gather woman living on the remote coast of W Cape thirty thousand years ago and submitted for Sanlam Award for Youth Literature.

Shipwreck: An adventure novel for young adults set on the Namibian Skeleton Coast.

Am I nearly there yet? An autobiographical travelogue of southern Africa.

Further work on graded reading scheme OUP.
 

2017

Zebby and the Space Visitors published by Shuter and Shooter

Hap a finalist in Sanlam Award for Youth Literature (to be published November 2017)
  

Works in progress

Song for Pip (baby book)
Chronicles of Q (chapter book 10-12 year-olds)
Mimi and the Quiet (Picture Book)
Lost! (Young adult book)
  

  

 
Phone: +27 (0) 82 6464 420  |  lesley@lesleybeake.co.za