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.
How stories began
A long time ago, a woman lived with her family in a village in the Kingdom of Zululand.
Every Sunday the family went down to the big ocean.
The woman made food over a fire while her husband looked for wood washed up by the sea to carve beautiful things:
birds, people and all kinds of animals.
During the week the whole family worked hard and in the evenings they sat around the fire.
It was too dark for working or playing or carving and it was too early to go to sleep.
And this was when the children asked their mother to tell them a story...