One Day. One Book. Indigenous-Language Storybooks

REACH Project South Africa

Exciting, African-language storybooks available now!

Storybooks created in African languages can be hard to come by in South Africa – the REACH project supports local publishers to begin to change this.

Room to Read has partnered with Fire and Lion and African Storybook to publish 20 African-language storybooks created by South Africans. All stories target early grade learners in grades R–3. Each book was originally written in Sepedi, siSwati, Xitsonga, Tshivenda or isiZulu, and will be available in all of these languages, as well as English. Anyone can freely download the files, share and distribute these books.

Additionally, from NOW through 31 August 2018, anyone can order printed copies of the books for low prices. Room to Read will collect all orders to create one large print-run so that everyone benefits from volume cost efficiency. By providing low prices, we hope that many provinces, organizations, individuals, and bookstores will purchase printed books so that children throughout South Africa can have access to these exciting, African-language books.

Interested in ordering books?

To order books, fill out this order form.

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Book prices

  • R10 per copy – isiZulu, Sepedi, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga
  • R14 per copy – English

    Since this project is subsidizing African-language books, we are able to provide them at a lower price!

Delivery prices

  • Free – Johannesburg, Pretoria
  • R450 – Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth

    For all other delivery locations, please inquire for delivery prices. All book and delivery prices above are not inclusive of VAT. Orders are subject to our terms and conditions.

Book size 220mm x 220mm

Minimum order 100 copies (each book is available in orders of 50 per language)

Questions? If you have any questions, please see our FAQ page or contact Doreen.Mojapelo@roomtoread.org.

This project is funded by Results in Education for All Children (REACH) trust fund at the World Bank and the Global Book Alliance, and supported by the Department of Basic Education.

Books

Fish Finds a Friend

Poor Fish is terribly lonely. All he wants is a friend who will love him just as he is. Will he find someone to play with?

  • Written in Sepedi by Moyahaba Masela
  • Illustrated by Gerda Smit
  • Designed by Jennifer Jacobs
  • Edited by Katherine Hofmeyr

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Hide and Seek

Mouse drives Cat crazy, because she always wins at hide-and-seek. But one day, Cat comes up with a clever plan.

  • Written in Xitsonga by Munene Baadjie
  • Illustrated by Joseph Somwe
  • Designed by Jess Jardim-Wedephol
  • Edited by Anna Stroud

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Langutani's Trick

Langutani and his father are frustrated. The baboons come at night to eat and destroy their maize crops. Can they ever stop the baboons?

  • Written in Xitsonga by Langutani Christopher Makhubele
  • Illustrated by Stephen Wallace
  • Designed by Caitlin Sloane
  • Edited by Alison Ziki

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Lion and Warthog

Warthog rescues Lion from the snare, but the ungrateful Lion now wants to eat Warthog. Luckily, clever Rabbit has a plan and he comes to Warthog’s rescue!

  • Written in isiZulu by Hlengiwe Ngcongo
  • Illustrated by Joseph Somwe
  • Designed by Caitlin Sloane
  • Edited by Alison Ziki

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Madam Hats can't find her hat

Madam Hats loves her hats. But what will she do when her favourite hat goes missing?

  • Written in Sepedi by Makaepeya Christinah Mapatha
  • Illustrated by Reshoketswe Motau
  • Designed by RJ Palmer
  • Edited by Jocelyn Newmarch

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Nomsa’s First Day

Nomsa is very excited for her first day of school. But when she meets Norman, she learns her first lesson in a very unexpected way!

  • Written in Tshivenda by Nomsa Tshililo
  • Illustrated by Aimee Ayres
  • Designed by Tshebetso Ditabo
  • Edited by Fiona Wallace

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Nono Finds a Friend

Nono’s aunt forces her to work hard all day. One day Nono finds a tiny girl who promises to help her.

  • Written in isiZulu by Busie Maphumulo
  • Illustrated by Jess Jardim-Wedepohl
  • Designed by Jess Jardim-Wedepohl
  • Edited by Jocelyn Newmarch

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Nyamvula is Thirsty

Nyamvula is very thirsty. She can’t find water to drink anywhere. How will she finally fill her bucket?

  • Written in Tshivenda by Dorothy Mukhese
  • Illustrated by Nompumelelo Mdluli
  • Designed by Liam Longland
  • Edited by Katherine Hofmeyr

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Pig's Wedding

Pig and Cat adore each other, and they want to get married. But can their love survive when their backgrounds are so very different?

  • Written in Sepedi by Makotla Mudau
  • Illustrated by Imile Wepener
  • Designed by Vivienne Preston
  • Edited by Katherine Hofmeyr

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Polecat

Polecat is smelly and rude. He thinks he is better than others. Is he as perfect as he thinks?

  • Written in Siswati by Timothy Mongwe
  • Illustrated by Reshoketwe Motau
  • Designed by Steven Mckimmie
  • Edited by Fiona Wallace

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The Birthday Present

Kgošigadi struggles to find her friend the perfect birthday present, until she sees something sparkle in the sun.

  • Written in Sepedi by Kwena Richard Malebana
  • Illustrated by Kholofelo Mothle
  • Designed by Daniella van den Heever
  • Edited by Anna Stroud

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The Greedy Dog

Dog loves his friend Cat, but he loves to eat even more! How long will Cat put up with her greedy friend before something goes wrong?

  • Written in Siswati by Nokuthula Ndlovu
  • Illustrated by Cclaire Ingram
  • Designed by Karma Bosman and Riaan Coetzee
  • Edited by Katherine Hofmeyr

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The Hungry Ant

Mother Ant’s family is hungry. Where can she possibly find food to feed her hungry children?

  • Written in Tshivenda by Matamba Azwifaneli Sellinah
  • Illustrated by Sinomonde Ngwane
  • Designed by Vivienne Preston
  • Edited by Alison Ziki

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The Lonely Prickle Tree

None of the other trees want to play with Prickle Tree. Will he find a friend?

  • Written in Xitsonga by Nghamula Maluleke
  • Illustrated by Subi Bosa
  • Designed by Aimee Ayres
  • Edited by Jocelyn Newmarch

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The Most Beautiful Animal

Zebra thinks she is the most beautiful of all the animals. But what will happen when Chameleon enters the Grand Animal Beauty Contest?

  • Written in Tshivenda by Hulisani Olga Tshisevhe
  • Illustrated by Imile Wepener
  • Designed by Louisa Pieters
  • Edited by Jocelyn Newmarch

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The Promise

River Nanda is angry with the villagers. Can Cilo the herdboy keep his promise?

  • Written in isiZulu by Mandla Ndlovu
  • Illustrated by Subi Bosa
  • Designed by Jennifer Jacobs
  • Edited by Fiona Wallace

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The Suitcase

With the big dance contest just days away, Lwazi fears he’ll have nothing to wear. With a little help from his Gogo and the spirit of his Mkhulu, he might just get everything his heart wishes for …

  • Written in IsiZulu by Mbongeni Nzimande
  • Illustrated by Elizabeth Pulles
  • Designed by Leona Ingram, Karma Bosman and Riaan Coetzee
  • Edited by Katherine Hofmeyr

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The Two Naughty Mice

Two little mice love nothing more than getting into trouble. What will they do next?

  • Written in Siswati by Thembekile Felicia Malibe
  • Illustrated by Gerda Smit
  • Designed by Jennifer Jacobs
  • Edited by Jocelyn Newmarch

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Tommy the Greedy Cat

Tommy lives on the scraps of food he gets from the Manala family. When the Manala family goes on holiday, how will Tommy survive?

  • Written in Xitsonga by Dr M.D. Ndove
  • Illustrated by Adri le Roux
  • Designed by Jeanne Fleming
  • Edited by Alison Ziki

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Wewe and the Train

Wewe loves the sound of the train. He thinks it calls out his name each time it passes his house. One day, his mother has a surprise for him. What could it be?

  • Written in Siswati by Busile Ndlovu
  • Illustrated by Shayne Capazorio
  • Designed by Leah Prinsloo
  • Edited by Alison Ziki

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