All proceeds to NSRI and The Little optimist Trust

The Little Optimist will be traveling up the East Coast spreading Love, Joy and Hope and raising funds for NSRI and The Little Optimist Trust.

The tour begins in Plett on the 5th March , PE 6th, Port Alfred 7th, J- Bay 8th and finishes in St Francis on Friday  8th March.

We will be hosting 5 Movie nights , with fun , prizes , auction and inspiration for all.  Perfect for the whole family.

We will also be visiting schools along the way to Talk about Little People doing HUGE things and how being different is COOL.

AND we will be visiting some orphanages, and disadvantaged schools along the way – Delivering FREE Little Optimist books and bucketloads of inspiration and hope.

BOOK FAST to secure limited seats

Your Ticket to FUN & INSPIRATION and DOING GOOD – click Links to book:

Plettenberg bay – 5 March

Port Elizabeth – 6 March

Port Alfred – 7 March

Jeffreys Bay – 8 March

St Francis – 9 March

For more info or bookings – please contact

The Inspirational Wall At The Maitland Cottage Children’s Hospital Is Complete!

The Inspirational Wall At The Maitland Cottage Children’s Hospital Is Complete!

The inspirational wall at the Maitland Cottage Children Hospital has been completed and it looks absolutely phenomenal!

The Little Optimist would like to thank Impoterscoffee, Blue Sky Society, Lion Match, Cherubs, Two Oceans Aquarium, Primi Piatti, Chip Snaddon, Dekro paints, Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and all the people who took time out of their day to come and help draw, paint, donate and just spend some time at the hospital with the children.

We hope the children enjoy the wall as much as we loved painting it!

“His heart was huge and this is just the start…”



Kind Words From Shine literacy

Kind Words From Shine literacy

Dearest Greg,

I thought I would share my experience with Litho* and Lutando* this morning.
I teach at one of our Shine schools, and this morning, the boys came bouncing in, full of beans, ready for their session.
I always like to start my session with rhyme and rhythm, and realised that The Little Optimist was perfect for this. There is the gentle repetition of the verse and a richness of language that soothes and soars. The illustrations are relatable and recognisable, and the story is one of determination, fortitude, perseverance, survival and grit. You have really captured the qualities that so many of our children need to possess to survive their everyday world, and it was beautiful to watch them ‘fall into the book’ with me.
I am a softy for children’s books and stories, and I still cannot get to the end of The Little Optimist without choking up. (The boys looked a little bemused as I wiped my face…!)
The sentiment of this book sits right up there with the Velveteen Rabbit, a book that investigates and explores the true meaning of positive thinking and lasting friendship.
Thank you for your beautiful contribution to the genre of South African children’s literature XX
Warmly, as always,
Kathryn T x



Kathryn Torres

Little Optimist Monthly Prize Winner – September 2017

September 2017

“Greg, we were blown away with what you did for William yesterday. Taking the time out to come and deliver his prize is something we were definitely not expecting. The prize is obviously amazing and he couldn’t be more proud showing his grannies and grandpas the “loot” and the picture of you with him outside his house.”

He will remember this forever!

Thank you!
Williams mom”