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Man with a serious problem

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A man is generous enough to offer accommodation to his aging grandparents, aunt and uncle. Find out how life changes as time goes by.


Palesa loves plants

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Palesa is a little girl who loves all plants.


Letter to mum

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A mother is going to hospital to give birth and her daughter writes her a letter.


Happy Akai

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A girl gets shoes for the first time.


Grandma's bananas

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

The little girl is curious as she watches her grandma preparing to ripen bananas.


Khalai Talks to Plants

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Khalai is a little girl who talks to different plants.


I enjoy doing / Ninafurahi

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

What do you enjoy doing? Je, unapenda kutenda nini?


My first pair of shoes

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Do you remember the first pair of shoes that you chose? This little girl can't wait to wear her new shoes!


Fruits of freedom

by Rose Mburu African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A village sets out to find independence.


Hyena and Tortoise

by Alice Mulwa African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

How the tortoise got a hard shell, and the hyena got patches on his back.


Abike's day

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This maths story explores multiplication, patterns, shapes and aspects of measurement, through the story of a day in the life of Abike, a ten-year old village girl.


Parna's calf

by Soila Murianka African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A young boy is out herding the family's cows when a beautiful calf is born.


Tamara starts school

by Soila Murianka African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Starting school is a big step in the life of any child.


The zoo

by Wanjiku Rose Murugi African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A day is well spent by a trip to an amazing place, the Zoo!


How the toad got its skin

by Alice Mulwa African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This tale explains why toads have bumpy backs and can live away from water. (Also available at Level 4.).


Mod the toad

by Alice Mulwa African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This is the tale of why toads have bumpy backs and hide in cool, dark places.


Father's advice

by Mohammed Kuyu, Elizabeth Laird African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Good advice for making a home. (This story was originally narrated by Mohammed Kuyu. The English version was written by Elizabeth Laird.).


Lekishon and the Cows

by Paul Maseri African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Lekishon the Maasai herd boy loses his cows.


Too small

by Media Matters African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Lebo has grown out of all her clothes and they are now too small for her. What will she do with them?


Cats and mice

by Merga Debelo, Elizabeth Laird African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A wise old mouse teaches us that when your enemies pretend to be your friends, you must be ready to run away. (This story was originally narrated by MergaDebelo. The English version was written by Elizabeth...


Rat king's son

by Merga Debelo, Elizabeth Laird African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

How does the greatest king in the world find a suitable wife for his son? (This story was originally narrated by Merga Debelo. The English version was written by Elizabeth Laird.).


Sisanda's gift

by Gcina Mhlophe African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Sisanda has a special gift for a new friend. (This story was donated by Gcina Mhlophe, and pictures by Jiggs Snaddon-Wood. It was first published by Nal'ibali -- http: //nalibali. Org/).


Keke's swing

by Marion Drew, Khothatso Ranoosi African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Keke swings on her favourite swing. She goes very, very high. She is afraid that she will fly to the moon.


Two thieves

by Candiru Enzikuru Mary African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Two thieves wanted to steal maize from a farmer's garden one night.


Walking together

by Jade Mathieson African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A walk to the clinic doesn't have to be dull, when there are so many wonderful things to see on the way.


Singing the truth: The story of Miriam Makeba

by Jade Mathieson African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Learn about the amazing life of a little girl who grew up to use her gift of singing to help bring freedom to South Africa.


Donkey child

by Lindiwe Matshikiza African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A thought-provoking story about finding your place in the world.


Fire, Water, Truth and Lies

by Merga Debelo, Elizabeth Laird African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Fire, Water, Truth and Lies were friends. But it was an uneasy friendship. (This story was originally narrated by Merga Debelo. The English version was written by Elizabeth Laird.)


Ah! Football!

by Stella Kihweo African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A little boy is sent by his grandmother to buy few items from the shop. He goes off with his best friend and ends up playing football with other friends. Will he bring what he was sent to buy?


Teacher Akinyi

by Lawrence A. Konjuro African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

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


Kabali and Kateera

by Milly Kasule African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Two friends each have a different animal. One has a cat, and one has a rabbit. Which animal is more successful for earning money?


Young Palinyang’

by Gaspah Emukuru Juma African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

One day while Palinyang' and the other boys are out grazing cattle it starts to rain. The boys take shelter, and when the rain stops the cattle have wandered away. Palingyang' goes in search of the animals.


Trickster Hare

by Dan Kaasha African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Hare is playing tricks again! Read the story and find out.


Akadeli's Lucky Day

by Simon Ipoo African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Four girls go out to pick wild fruits. When three play a dirty trick on the other one, they don’t know it would be her lucky day.


Palm Tree

by Simon Ipoo African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

An elder from Turkana teaches us about the importance of palm trees.


Things I Do at School

by Ivan Higenyi African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Simple sentences about things that we learn and do at school.


Samba's New Shirt

by Ivan Higenyi African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Samba is excited about his new shirt. But unfortunately he doesn't look after his shirt very well.


The Blacksmith's Dilemma

by Ugandan folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A local chief summoned a famous blacksmith to his palace. The chief wanted the blacksmith to build a real man out of steel, one who could cry tears, and bleed human blood. The blacksmith was alarmed by the chief's...


Timonjero steals

by Jane Muchui & Hellen Wambui African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

The story is about a girl who steals money in order to buy sweets.


Amazing Daisy

by Nozizwe Herero African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

On a little farm lives Daisy, a little chicken who wishes she could fly. All the other chickens laugh at her daily flying practice. But one day something amazing happens….


The race

by Mozambican folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Who will win if snail and rabbit have a race?


Rabbit goes to a party

by Mozambican folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This story is about what happens when you go to a party and get drunk. Or is it?


The staring game

by Mozambican folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This time Rabbit is out-witted!


Tortoise Finds His House

by Maya Fowler African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Tortoise is searching for his house. Do you know where he'll find it?


Monkey and Crocodile

by Mozambican folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Crocodiles are dangerous, but are they smart?


What are you doing?

by Nina Orange African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

More short sentences using simple present tense verbs.


How night came to Opio's village

by Robert Ekuka African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

There is no night time in Opio's village. One day he goes hunting and arrives at a place he doesn't know. When night falls there, Opio thinks he has gone blind. Then he discovers the truth and likes night so...


Refiloe and the Washed Chickens

by Marion Drew African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Refiloe's sister is getting married. Refiloe's chickens are very dirty and she decides to wash them for the wedding. The chickens do not like being washed. Refiloe cannot find her chickens when it is time for...


A Dancer's Tale: The Story of Phyllis Spira

by Samantha Cutler African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This is the story of the life of Phyliis Spira, from the time she was a young aspiring dancer, to her world travels, and finally her marriage and creation of dance schools in South Africa.


Kariza's Questions

by Jean de Dieu Bavugempore African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Kariza was encouraged by her parents to ask questions. Asking questions led to finding out about the 'step up and wash' tool (kandagirukarabe) and the importance of washing hands before eating.