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Being told stories and being read to leads children to develop the rich storehouse of language, grammar and vocabulary they need to bring to texts when learning to read and write. 
Try our multilingual stories below or send us your own stories to share with others.

Multilingual stories

Looking for stories to read in a range of African languages and English? Try our growing collection of stories to print out or read aloud. 

Featured Story

Hanna’s friends

Hanna’s dad is a fisherman and is away from home for days and days. Hanna’s mom works very hard and has to work every day of the week for a whole month! This makes Hanna feel very lonely. It also means Hanna has to stay with Tannie Taliep who wants to do nothing more than drink her tea while watching her soapie. When Tannie Taliep sends Hanna to the shop to buy bread and milk, Hanna finds an old piece of paper with lots of pictures of a girl called Jamela. Hanna looks everywhere for Jamela, but can’t find her, that is until her class visits the library one day …

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Hanna’s friends

Posted on October 26th, 2017

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The best street in the world

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The storm

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Tortoise and the birds

Posted on June 19th, 2017

The bouncing cabbage

Posted on May 18th, 2017

Everyone’s special

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

Why monkeys live in trees

Posted on March 28th, 2017

The best, best friend

Posted on March 28th, 2017