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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.

Story cards

Grow your children's love of reading by printing out our beautifully illustrated story cards containing traditional and modern stories. 

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The Feast

Posted on December 11th, 2016
Author:
Jude Daly

Papa Smuts was a fisherman. But, fish were not as plentiful as they used to be and some days he came home empty handed. But somehow, him, Mama Smuts and their children always made the tastiest meals with their freshly grown vegetables. One evening, the Smuts family had the most delicious meal they've ever tasted, but for the strangest reason...

Tselane and the giant

Posted on December 11th, 2016

A long time ago, a poor woman lived with her daughter, Tselane, in a little house. One day, a giants heard Tselane’s mother singing to her to open the door. Tselane looked like a scrumptious meal to him, and the giant came up with a plan to get her to open the door…

Joseph’s cradle

Posted on December 11th, 2016

When an old yellowwood tree was blown over by the wind, Joseph carved a little cradle out of its wood for his daughter. Soon, every new-born child in the village would be rocked in the cradle, creating a village tradition. Until one day, a veld fire threatened to change 

Neo and the big, wide world

Posted on February 5th, 2016
Author:
Vianne Venter

Neo looked out the window of his room at the grey view of the grey street with all the wet, grey people hurrying through the grey, pouring rain. He couldn’t go outside, and he had already read all his books to Mbali.