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About African Storybook

Asb sizeThe African Storybook is an initiative of Saide, a non-profit organisation dedicated to enabling successful open learning for all in Sub-Saharan Africa.

On the African Storybook website you can find, create, or translate hundreds of picture storybooks in the languages of Africa, for children’s literacy, imagination and enjoyment. The stories and the creation and translation tools are completely free. You can download and copy the stories and/or illustrations without having to ask for permission or pay a fee.

The stories can be read online or offline or printed from the website.

The Digital Classroom offers some African Storybook stories in isiZulu to download below. For Vodacom subscribers no data charges apply.

 

African Storybook Teachers' books

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

Grade 1

grade1

Incwadi kaThisha Ibanga 1

 

Grade 2

grade2

Incwadi kaThisha
Ibanga 2

Grade 3

grade3

Incwadi kaThisha
Ibanga 3

 

African Storybook stories 

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

The African Storybook stories in isiZulu are available in the categories: first words, first sentences, first paragraphs and longer paragrahs.  

First words

Abangani

abangane

Abangani

Zimbili Dlamini and Hlengiwe Zondi
Catherine Groenewald

A story about a boy and his friends, and the activities they like to do.

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Ibhola lami elibomvu

Ibhola

Ibhola lami elibomvu

A big red ball goes on a journey.

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Umdokwe

Umdokwe

Umdokwe

Mom is away and Dad is making the morning porridge.

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First sentences

Umgcini nesikhungo esikhethekile

Umgcini 2

Umgcini nesikhungo esikhethekile

A story about rescued baby animals arriving at a nursery for orphans. These little animals are nursed and looked after by a special person and his team of helpers.

Download this story in isiZulu

Uthisha uZanele

utisha 2

Uthisha uZanele

A short and simple story about a wonderful teacher and what she teaches us.

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First paragraphs

Ikhala lendlovu

 Ikhala

Ikhala lendlovu

Why does the elephant have a long nose?

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UZama intombazanya

uzama

UZama intombazanya

Kalabushe is friendly and curious, and she likes talking. This gets her into trouble, but it also helps her to escape. What do you learn from Kalabushe?

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Longer paragraphs

Ngumunye Umgqlbelo ntambamba

Ngumunye

Ngumunye Umgqlbelo ntambamba

On a very hot Saturday afternoon, three children go to play next to the river. Even though they are not allowed to swim, they soon strip and start splashing in the water. When they want to go home again, they can’t find their clothes. How will they explain themselves to their mother?

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UMondli noMbali

UMondli

UMondli noMbali

Two children are excited as they prepare to visit their grandmother in her village. They enjoy life in the village so much that when they return home, they long for the next visit.

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UNgcede inkosi yezinyoni

UNgcede

UNgcede inkosi yezinyoni

The birds want a king, but they have difficulty choosing. They decide that the bird that can fly highest will be made king. The African Vulture thinks he has won the contest, but a tiny bird tricks him. Do the birds get their king?

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Unogwaja ngaphansi

 Unogwaja

Unogwaja ngaphansi

While Rabbit is sleeping under an apple tree, an apple falls to the ground. At the same time, Rabbit hears a voice shouting "Run rabbit run!" That's when the pandemonium starts!

Download this story in isiZulu