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.
Thandi’s new hairstyle
One day Thandi went to school feeling a bit shy. Her older sister had put braids in her hair. Thandi really liked them but she was worried that the other children would stare at her because she looked different.
First, a boy came up to her and tugged at one of her braids.
‘What are these?’ he asked laughing.
Thandi felt like crying. Just then Zulfah and David ran up to her.
Zulfah said, ‘Oh, Thandi…’