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I cannot believe it’s February 7 already! Now, have you been consistent with your reading goals or you’re just getting started?

Whichever the case, we are here to help you along with our February must-reads, a selection of four books for both grownups and children. The titles cut across the themes of love, loss, grief and hope. See them below.

In 2014, Ayisha decided to contest the primaries for a seat in the National Assembly. She was dissatisfied with the quality of representation from politicians, and after years working to get more women into leadership positions, she was curious about what it would take to contest and win. She found that passion and patriotism are not enough to win elections. This is her story.

Buy Love Does Not Win Elections

In this inspirational story about resilience and overcoming fears, a little girl dreams of sleighing. When she tries it for the first time, she thinks she knows exactly what it’ll take to succeed. With a snazzy new snowsuit and a lightning-fast sled, she comes to realise, however, that the secret to success is in trying again and again each time she fails.

Buy Sleigh, Sleigh, Sleigh All Day

Proverbs are crisp and pithy means of saying much with few words. Obii Okweluwe has curated a solid collection of wisdom and inspiration from Africa that are relevant to the custom, tradition, experience and way of life of the people. These idiomatic and, at times, diplomatic sayings contain moral lessons and advice that touch on all conditions of life.

Buy Drumbeats

God’s Children Are Little Broken Things is a collection of nine evocative and immersive stories that seek to answer the question: can love and hope be sustained under the harshest conditions? The collection has been awarded the inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Spotlight Award from the Story Prize.

Buy God’s Children Are Little Broken Things

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