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Browse our archive of Nal'ibali reading-for-enjoyment story supplements available in 10 language combinations. 

Nal'ibali Supplement 206

Some children can sit still for a long bedtime story, while others get restless. Some children take to books immediately, and others need more encouragement. This is entirely normal. Each child is different, and what they enjoy changes vastly as they grow older.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF 

Nal'ibali Supplement 205

23 April is World Book Day! Reading lots of books helps to make children better readers. For your children to keep reading throughout their lives, they must want to read! If we want to get our children reading and then keep them reading, we need to understand what motivates them to read.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement 204

It's storytelling time!! People have told stories for centuries to explore ideas and make sense of their experiences. Sharing stories is as natural to human beings as eating and sleeping! Some of the stories we tell today have been passed down from generation to generation, while others are new ones that we create ourselves.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement 203

It's time to read aloud!

World Read Aloud Day is celebrated each year to encourage children, teenagers, and adults to share the power of words. It also reminds us that we all have the right to read, to write and to share our stories

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement 202

If you believe that your children will become successful readers and writers, and you let them know this, they will also believe that they can be successful readers and writers. This holiday season, take the time to tell them stories and to read and write with them, and they will experience the ways in which literacy can be satisfying and useful.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 201

In this October edition, we would like to say a special THANK YOU! to all the teachers in South Africa for their contributions in educating and mentoring our precious children to face their future with confidence and understanding.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

 

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 200

This is a very special edition of the Nal’ibali Supplement – it’s the 200th edition and we’re celebrating Literacy Month! Literacy Month is celebrated by people from all over the world who are passionate about reading and writing. Every year, during this month, Nal’ibali makes a special effort in our country to raise awareness of how reading to and writing with children supports their literacy development.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 199

We write to get things done and to communicate with one another. It is like cooking − the more you do it, the better you become at it and the easier it becomes for you! As parents and caregivers, we need to lead by example to show the power and purpose of writing in our daily lives with our children. 

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 198

Making time to read to the children in your life is an investment in their future, no matter how old they are. This time to bond shows children that you enjoy their company and care about them while building lifelong good memories of stories, books and reading! 

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 197

Fathers play an important role in the lives of their children. The father of a child is not necessarily the biological father but any person whom the child looks to and treats as a father. Children’s development is strengthened when their fathers are actively involved and interested in the wellbeing of their children and families. There is no “right” way for fathers to enrich to the lives of their children. They can still make a positive contribution even if they do not live with their children.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 196

Do you remember playing games with other children when you were a child? Did you love to sing songs or say rhymes? You likely had a lot of fun, and without realising it, you learnt new ideas and skills. All children need plenty of opportunities to play. Playing feeds their imaginations and develops their problem-solving, social and language skills. These skills help children become resilient, well-adjusted problem-solvers.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

isiNdebele/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

 

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 195

Reading together is an effective way for parents and their babies to bond and get to know each other. Reading together also develops the baby’s or toddler’s brain and prepares their minds to have big thoughts and ideas to help them succeed in the world!

Afrikaans/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 194

People tell stories to explore ideas and to make sense of the world around them. Some of the stories we tell today have been passed down over many generations, while others are new ones that we create ourselves. Telling stories to your children is fun and satisfying for everyone. It also shows your children that you value spending this happy time with them.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 193

Every year, on the first Wednesday of February, World Read Aloud Day is celebrated by people from all over the world who are passionate about reading and stories. Every year, Nal’ibali joins in these celebrations to encourage all South Africans to exercise their right to read and share stories in a language that they choose.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 192

When you next need to give a gift to a child, why not make it a book? When you give a book as a gift, you invest in the future of a child! Good books last for a long time and can be enjoyed over and over again by different people in the same family or home. Books for children can be found at book and stationery stores, supermarkets, second-hand goods stores, flea markets and in online stores. Organisations such as Book Dash, Wordworks and FunDza have books that you can read on your phone or computer or download and print.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 191

Reading is one of the most important things that a parent or caregiver can teach their children to do. Stories feed our brains and build patience, self-control and empathy. Some stories can also teach us valuable lessons. But it’s also fun and something moms, dads and the whole family can enjoy doing together!

Afrikaans/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 190

All children should have the opportunity to be literate. Being literate means being able to use reading and writing meaningfully in everyday life. A child’s literacy journey can begin with small steps as they experience the excitement of a story or the power of sharing their own ideas in writing.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 189

Anyone can talk to children about books. Let the conversation flow naturally. Look for books that interest your child, and remember to start slowly, with a few pages at a time

Afrikaans/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement Edition 188

Every family has stories to tell! Some of these stories might be ones that were told to you as a child. These could include stories about imaginary or mythical characters that have been passed down from generation to generation, stories about trickery or bravery, or stories that teach about the values of perseverance or forgiveness

Afrikaans/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF

Nal'ibali Supplement edition 187

The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign was officially launched in June 2012. Our aim was and still is to help build a South Africa where every child enjoys a story every day! Research shows that children who enjoy reading have a larger vocabulary, have more knowledge about more things, and can better understand how other people think and behave. Importantly, those who read for enjoyment are more likely to experience success in schooling regardless of whether they come from a wealthier or poorer home.

Afrikaans/English: PDF

Sepedi/English: PDF

Siswati/English: PDF

Sesotho/ English: PDF

Tshivenda/English: PDF

Xitsonga/English: PDF

Setswana/ English: PDF

isiXhosa/English: PDF

isiZulu/English: PDF