Celebrate International Literacy Day with free, local stories

Celebrate with free, local stories on International Literacy Day
Celebrate with free, local stories on International Literacy Day

Today, 8 September, is International Literacy Day, coinciding with National Book Week, and to help our readers find even more inspiration to share beautiful local stories with their families, we're sharing were to find our favorite local story sites. 

The 2020 theme focuses on "Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond" and especially on the role of educators and literacy learning from a lifelong learning perspective.

Where to find stories 

Foundational literacy is an important step in any child’s learning journey, yet 78% of Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning in any language.

Reading together, as a family, is one way to improve your children's reading ability, and reading in their mother tongue also provides enormous benefits. 

You can find free local stories to enjoy with your family, from: 

Reading for Meaninga strategic programme within the Zero Dropout Campaign. Find stories, activities, audiobooks and instructional videos for parents and caregivers - all of which are accessible online and via WhatsApp - for free here.

Book Dash, a local, not-for-profit publisher of high-quality books for young children. Driven by their belief that every child should own one hundred books by the age of five they create, print and donate thousands of books to South African children. Find out more here.

Nal'ibali (isiXhosa for "here’s the story") is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign aiming to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading. The organisation strives to build a nation of powerful readers and storytellers by offering local stories in local languages. Find stories to read and listen to on their website here.

African Storybook offers open access to picture storybooks in the languages of Africa, for children’s literacy, enjoyment and imagination. Find their stories here.

Parent24 has also gathered a variety of free children's stories from around the world for your to enjoy. Browse to read, download, print or listen here.

Don't miss it 

To mark the day, the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) is launching a new book called Cory in the Universe by Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Miss South Africa 2016) and Thokozane Dyosini (PhD candidate at WITS).

The book  aims to give South African children an opportunity to explore questions on the Covid-19 pandemic, and will demonstrate how innovative and effective teaching strategies can be used in youth and adult literacy programmes to face the pandemic and beyond.  


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