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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. 

language specific

Neo and the big, wide world

Posted on February 5th, 2016
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.

Sisanda’s gift

Posted on February 23rd, 2015
Gcina Mhloph

Every day when eight-year-old Sisanda gets home from school, she changes out of her uniform, eats her lunch and plays a game of umlabalaba with her grandfather. They have so much fun flying their “cows” around the board that she doesn’t want to stop.

Lion meets his match

Posted on December 11th, 2014
Retold by Joanne Bloch

After Lion and Little Jackal went hunting together, Little Jackal cunningly tricks Lion and gets all of the meat. Ever since that day, Lion made it his mission to catch the Little Jackal, except Jackal was much sneakier than he thought!

The king of the birds

Posted on December 11th, 2014
Retold by Joanne Bloch

The birds can’t agree who should be their king, so they decide to have a competition to see who can fly the highest. At the agreed moment, all the birds fly up into the sky. Soon it looks like Nkwazi, the great fish eagle, is bound to win, but little Ncede the Neddicky bird cheated to take the title! When Ncede returns to the ground, he gets a very different reception than the one he imagined!