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.
Tortoise and the birds
A long time ago, when a bird died on earth,
its spirit would leave its body and float up to the clouds where it lived as a cloud person,
watching over and caring for the birds and animals on earth.
The birds and animals knew about these cloud people.
There came a time when there had been no rain for a whole year.
The grass died, the water holes dried up and the animals were starving.
The animals and birds came together to decide what to do about the terrible drought...