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Looking for stories to read in a range of African languages and English? Try our growing collection of stories to print out or read aloud. 

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The tale of Oxpecker and Buffalo

In the old days, Oxpecker had a bright yellow bill. He lived in a little hut in a patch of long grass. Each day he would sweep his hut before setting off into the grass to catch his favourite food. At night he would climb into his nestbed, his belly full of green grasshoppers, flies and wriggly worms. If anyone came into the patch of long grass, Oxpecker would fly up and shout at them. He would peck them and make a fuss until they went away. He liked to live alone, and he didn’t want to share with anyone. One day, while Oxpecker was out searching for insects, he heard a low rumble, like the sound of thunder rolling in the hills, and something blocked out the sun. 

 

 

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The tale of Oxpecker and Buffalo

Posted on September 16th, 2019

Crocodile’s funeral

Posted on August 13th, 2019

The three wishes

Posted on July 9th, 2019

Why the bat flies at night

Posted on June 11th, 2019

The old woman’s soup

Posted on May 14th, 2019

Lolo fixes the internet

Posted on April 11th, 2019

Ginger

Posted on March 8th, 2019

Dimpho and Sello’s mom had a problem. “My feet felt like blocks of ice last night!” she told the children one Monday morning. “They were so cold I couldn’t sleep. Now I’m very tired!” 

Flying a kite

Posted on February 4th, 2019

Tshepo and Motlatsi are flying their kite when it accidently ends up on their neighbour’s roof and breaks her TV aerial. The boys hide because they are scared they will get into trouble. What will the neighbour do? And what will the boys do?

Skycatcher

Posted on January 21st, 2019

One rainy day Josh decides to make a kite. The next day he goes outside to fly his new kite with his friends. When Josh gives Neo a change to hold the string, Neo accidently drops it and the kite flies higher and higher! Will the friends be able to catch the kite before it flies away?

The rainmaker

Posted on January 21st, 2019

Once upon a time in the Kgalagadi, there lived an old man named Rapula. He had the power to make it rain. After many years, Rapula became ill and his power weakened. This caused a great drought and much suffering. The people of the Kgalagadi knew it was time for Rapula to pass on his power, but who would he pass it on to?