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Start a storytelling tradition at home

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December, 4th 2012
After publishing my first book on family storytelling and parenting over a year ago, many friends and readers have asked me, especially around Father’s Day, to offer my advice to new dads. My first reaction is, “I wouldn’t presume,” because as the father of two boys—ages 14 and 11—I’m still learning the ropes myself. So I’ll refrain from offering any advice. But what I will do is...
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Harnessing the potential of social networking for literacy development

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December, 4th 2012
Reading with comprehension is a human right which doesn’t happen for most South Africans. Is this blanket statement really true or are we ignoring the fact that significant numbers of people are reading in a different form of language than is expected of them – particularly the younger generation criticised for writing CVs and matric exams in so-called txt-tese, SMS language or chat speak? Are...
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The retelling of the classics

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December, 4th 2012
In the May issue of FAIRLADY we featured a great article entitled ‘Good books bad feelings’ that posed the question whether you should read scary or sad books to your children. Now we take the questions a bit further. Should children’s books also have a distinct African flavour? What if Snow White was living with seven dwarfs somewhere in the Lesotho Mountains and what if...
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Redang is intrasting...

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December, 4th 2012
redeng is intrasting it hulps  you to lorn.  I stortd with go, dog, go, and then I cared on with mor hoda books, now I take books owt of the libery  wich  mens you or a good reda.  my hol Lif my  mom  has  ben reding to me evan  sans I wos  1. I lict The owl and The poose cat. my mom hato ryd it...
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The gift of giving... books & stationery

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December, 4th 2012
Nal’ibali is about creating conditions that support learning. Children have to experience reading in the same way that adults do. They have to be able to choose books they like, read in the languages they want to read in, write what they like and find comfortable spaces to read in and feel nurtured. In reading club spaces, children have to feel the excitement we...
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Why join the Nal’ibali network?

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November, 28th 2012
By signing up to be a member of the Nal’ibali network you are showing your support for using the power of stories to inspire children to want to read and write. Other benefits of registering with the Nal’ibali network include: Access to our free newsletter with event updates, news round-ups, exclusive giveaways and even more storytelling and reading tips and ideas Adding your comments to articles and...
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How I discovered the joy of reading

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November, 19th 2012
I wasn’t always a fan of reading.  I only did it because it pleased my aunt and because I had to do it for book reviews. But, even in Grades Six and Seven, when doing book reviews became frequent, my actual reading of them (books), didn’t. I would read the blurb of the book and the last 100 pages so that I could piece...
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Meet the team behind the Nal’ibali supplement

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Posted on October 2nd, 2015 in News & updates   The team behind the Nal’ibali supplement come from all walks of life, but they all share one passion: the love of language and literature. As the only bilingual resource of its kind in South Africa – the supplement offers the children and their caregivers the opportunity to enjoy stories and read material in English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho...
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Nam at lectus hendrerit

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Zimkhitha Mlanzeli is an author and editor at the FunDza Literacy Trust. She mentors young aspirant writers in a bid to give back to the reading community that made her: “I’m Remo Modise, I saw a piece I wrote, LIFE AFTER MATRIC, published on Mxit. I wanted to say thank you for the support and also for believing in me.” – Remo Modise This is what I...
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World Read Aloud Day 2016: The Ultimate Story Power Moment

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In 2014, South Africans helped us read aloud to 50 000 children. In 2015, you helped us reach 166 360 children. And in 2016, thanks to parents, teachers, librarians, family members and hundreds of readers, we read to 365 849 children – more than double our previous number and an astounding record for Nal’ibali and South Africa! The power in partners This year, we joined forces with the...
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