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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

The leopard, the otter and the mouse

Once, a very long time ago, all the animals were thin because there was not enough food to eat. But Otter and his family had found a shallow lake full of fish, and therefore did not go hungry. They hide the fish from all the other animals, until Leopard discovers their secret. When Leopard tries to take Otter’s food, Otter tricks Leopard, but Mouse comes along and Leopard asks him for help. Will Mouse be able to help Leopard? And will Leopard reward Mouse if he does? 

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