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Nalibali logo black 300dpi1Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.

Children who are immersed in great and well-told stories – and in languages they understand – become inspired and are motivated to learn to read for themselves. Such personally rewarding learning is a recipe for successful literacy development.

Nal’ibali is driven by PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), Times Media and a growing number of partners. Through sustained mentoring and collaboration with communities, reading clubs, literacy organisations and volunteers of all ages, as well as a vibrant media campaign, Nal’ibali is helping to root a culture of literacy into the fabric of everyday life in South Africa.

The Nal'ibal website offers an extensive collection of resources including a story library with multilingual stories, audio stories and story seeds, a bookshelf with recommended reads and book reviews and downloadable resources like literacy tip sheets, reading club checklists and guides,  colouring-in printables and videos. 

The Digital Classroom offers Nal'ibali tip sheets and Nal'ibali stories to download below. For Vodacom subscribers no data charges apply.

 

Nal'ibali tip sheets

Nal’ibali tip sheets are free to use by teachers, parents, caregivers, volunteers and community-based organisations to inspire and support reading for enjoyment in children of all ages.

Click on the title and then on the book cover to download the story in PDF format.

WHEN, WHERE AND HOW TO TELL STORIES

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Getting started: Share a Story! The most important thing to do when you read to children is to enjoy yourself because if you do, they will learn that reading is a pleasurable activity. There are no correct or incorrect ways to read to children, but here are some of our tips for sharing books together.

 

TIP SHEET STORY ACTIVITIES

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Reading a story with children for enjoyment is a great bonding and educational activity in itself. But did you know, you can do simple activities that extend the experience of the story for your children and enhance their learning? Here are some tips to help you do this. Try out one tip at a time. See which ones work best for you and your children.

 

Nal'ibali stories

Click on the title of the story and then on the book cover to download the story in PDF format.

THE BOEREWORS MAN

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THE BOEREWORS MAN

It was early evening. The Smith family were sitting outside enjoying the smell of boerewors on the braai. ...

Download this story in:
English / Afrikaans / Sepedi / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu

Retold by Kiera-Lee Hayes
Illustrations by Vian Oelofsen
Publisher: Nal'ibali Literacy Trust

 

MINI MEERKAT MAKES A FRIEND

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MINI MEERKAT MAKES A FRIEND

“Mini, it’s time to gather food!” said Mama Meerkat one morning. “I’m sending you somewhere new today!” ...

Download this story in:
English / Afrikaans / Sepedi / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu

Retold by Joanne Bloch
Illustrations by Jiggs Snaddon-Wood
Publisher: Nal'ibali Literacy Trust

 

SQUIRREL AND THE SUN

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SQUIRREL AND THE SUN

One morning, when the animals woke up, they were surprised to see that there was no sign of the sun rising in the eastern sky. ...

Download this story in:
English / Afrikaans / Sepedi / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu

Retold by Joanne Bloch
Illustrations by Mieke van der Merwe
Publisher: Nal'ibali Literacy Trust

 

THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG

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THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG

One day an old woman was sweeping her home when she found some money that she had forgotten about. She was so happy that she danced around singing. ...

Download this story in:
English / Afrikaans / Sepedi / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu

Retold by Wendy Hartmann
Illustrations by Jiggs Snaddon-Wood
Publisher: Nal'ibali Literacy Trust

 

THE SMELL THIEF

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THE SMELL THIEF

Mr Shabangu was the best baker in town. Every morning he woke up at four o’clock to mix and knead the dough for his famous buns, cakes and biscuits. ...

Download this story in:
English / Afrikaans / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu

Retold by Joanne Bloch
Illustrations by Mieke van der Merwe
Publisher: Nal'ibali Literacy Trust

 

TSELANE AND THE GIANT

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TSELANE AND THE GIANT

After Tselane’s father died her mother wants them to move to another village to start a new life. But Tselane doesn't want to go, and her mother agrees to let her stay on her own. They make a pact that Tselane would only open the door when she heard her mother sing. Meanwhile a giant is listening to their conversation and plans to catch Tselane.

Download this story in:
English / Afrikaans / Sepedi / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu

Read this story online in a variety of languages. (Please note: This link takes you to the Nal'ibali website where free data for Vodacom users no longer applies.)

Retold by Joanne Bloch
Illustrations by Jiggs Snaddon-Wood
Publisher: Nal'ibali Literacy Trust

 

THE FEAST

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THE FEAST

Papa Smuts was a fisherman. But, fish were not as plentiful as they used to be and some days he came home empty handed. Then poor Papa Smuts would feel really downhearted. That’s when Mama Smuts would give him a big hug and say, “We’ll make ends meet.” And Sannie and Frikkie would add, “We always do, Papa.” And somehow they always did because … … no one could grow redder tomatoes,...

Download this story in:
English / Afrikaans / Sepedi / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu

Read this story online in a variety of languages. (Please note: This link takes you to the Nal'ibali website where free data for Vodacom users no longer applies.)

Author: Jude Daly 
Illustrations by Jiggs Snaddon-Wood

JOSEPHS CRADLE

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JOSEPHS CRADLE

Shortly before Sisi was born, a terrific wind brought down the old yellowwood tree that had, it seemed, stood in the village forever. The loss was felt by everyone. Never again would children swing from its branches and never again would people find shelter from the hot sun in its dappled shade...

Download this story in:
English / Afrikaans / Sepedi / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu

Author: Jude Daly 
Illustrations by Magriet Brink

NEO AND THE BIG, WIDE WORLD (World Read Aloud Day 2016)

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NEO AND THE BIG, WIDE WORLD 

Join Nal’ibali and the Princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, in passing on the power of stories.

 

Nal'ibali news


Join in and read out loud!

character little girl10 February 2016 - Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is calling on the nation to help them pass on the power of stories and set a read-aloud record this World Read Aloud Day, 24 February 2016. The campaign has issued a brand new story which can be downloaded here, zero-rated for Vodacom users. 

 

Story Bosso finalists to compete for title

Story Bosso finalists2 November 2015 - Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has announced the shortlist of 15 nominees for its ‘Story Bosso’ storytelling competition that ran throughout Literacy and Heritage Month in September year. Celebrity judges will now assist Nal’ibali literacy activists in deciding South Africa’s first Story Bosso and two runners-up.

 

Finding the first Story Bosso

StoryBossoArtwork18 September 2015 - This September, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is launching a nationwide storytelling competition to find South Africa’s first ‘Story Bosso’. The competition will connect the public to ideas and inspiration on how to tell stories and identify undiscovered storytellers in communities across the country.

 

 Come read with me

Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 1.53.24 PM22 April 2015 – The annual World Book Day promotes reading, publishing and copyright. The South African celebrations will take place in Gauteng with a Door-to-Door reading awareness campaign, book donations and a special message from Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

 

Be smart, read books

Why-are-e-Readers-popular-1024x72321 April 2014 – World Book Day promotes reading, publishing and copyright annually on 23 April. In South Africa the 2014 World Book Day will be celebrated with a door-to-door campaign and festivities in the Northern Cape. The national reading for enjoyment campaign Nal'ibali will launch the Children's Literacy Charter.