• Sam van Riet (SCBWI (SA) illustrator coordinator) an avid gardener created a book that will teach children how to plan a garden and make craft projects linked to gardening. Roots, Shoots & Muddy Boots written and illustrated by Sam van Riet, Published by Human & Rousseau in October 2012
  • In the Africa division, the 2012 Crystal Kite Members Choice Award Winner was FINDING AUNT JOAN by Jenny Hatton(Assistant RA SCBWI (SA)), illustrated by Joan Rankin (SCBWI Member)  Finding Aunt Joan had come about through a SCBWI workshop. Joan had facilitated the workshop and tasked the participants with writing a story about a journey. Jenny wrote the story of finding Aunt Joan.
  • Paddy Bouma (Committee member SCBWI (SA) – Co-RA with Marjorie from 2003 – 2007) illustrated the new, Chris van Wyk-abridged book,  Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom,  – a task that took almost a year to complete. She calls the work the crowning piece of her career, and is regarded as the official children's picture book edition of Nelson Mandela's internationally bestselling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom Published by  Macmillan Children's Books in 2010
  • Nelson Mandela reads Long Walk to Freedom with his grandchild. Illustrated by Paddy Bouma (Committee member SCBWI (SA) – Co-RA with Marjorie from 2003  
  • Marjorie van Heerden (co-Ra SCBWI (SA), Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town and Paddy Bouma (Committee Member SCBWI (SA)) at the launch of  the book, Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu published by Zondervan Publishers in 2010. The book was illustrated by 20 illustrators all over the world. Marjorie van Heerden and Paddy Bouma were the two South African illustrators that commissioned to each illustrated two stories.
  • Kathleen Ahrens (Advisory Board member and the International Regional Advisor Chairperson of the SCBWI) and Marjorie van Heerden (co-Ra SCBWI (SA) at the launch of Numbers Do and Ears Hear during the 2012 AFCC (Asian Festival of Children's Content) Conference in Singapore.  These two bilingual books for babies and toddlers in English and Chinese were written by Chu-Ren Huang & Kathleen Ahrens and illustrated by Marjorie Van Heerden. Published bu Sun Ya Publishers (Hong Kong, China) in 2012


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