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.
King of the birds
Long ago when the world was new, Nkwazi, the great fish eagle, called all the birds together.
“As you know,” he said, “Bhubesi the lion is king of the beasts. But why should he speak for us birds?
We need to choose our own king... and as I am so majestic, I say it should be me!”
All the birds began to chirp and chatter until one voice rose above the others ...