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Scene from "Where are you?" Nalíbali #WRADChallenge2019Scene from "Where are you?" Nal'íbali's #WRADChallenge2019 story21 January 2019 – On Friday 1 February it will once again be World Read Aloud Day, a global event that was initiated by LitWorld and is campaigned locally by reading-for-enjoyment organisation Nal’ibali for the 7th year running.

Last year a record number of over 1 million South African children were being read to on World Read Aloud Day and Nal’ibali aims to break that record in 2019 and encourages teachers, parents, caregivers and everyone with an interest in spreading the joy of reading to organise events to read to children and pledge their support on the Nal’ibali website.

The special story “Where are you?” can be downloaded in all 11 languages from the links below and our Digital Librarian offers support with daily reading aloud tips and story suggestions from our extensive Reading corner to prepare you for the main event!



To help reach Nal’ibali to reach the goal of 1,5 million South African children being read to register your pledge to read to the children in your life on the campaign website, share your pledge with others using #WRADChallenge2019 and keep Nal'ibali updated on your World Read Aloud day activities and photos via email and Facebook


Where are you?

“Where are you?” is the story that Nal’ibali has published especially for World Read Aloud Day and it tells how Afrika and Dintle go shopping in town with their mother and then someone gets lost. The story, including reading aloud tips, is available in all official languages and can be downloaded from the Nali’bali website as well as zero-rated for Vodacom users from the links below. Just click on the title and the story will open and allow you to download in PDF-format. 

Where are you? (English)  Ukuphi? (isiZulu)  Waar is jy? (Afrikaans)
Uphi? (isiXhosa) Ukuphi? (isiNdebele) O gokae? (Sepedi)
O hokae? (Sesotho) O kwa kae? (Setswana) Ukuphi? (Siswati)
Ni ngafhi? (Tshivenda) U kwihi? (Xitsonga)  


Digital librarian

While counting down to World Read Aloud Day our Digital librarian will offer a daily reading aloud tip and suggest stories to practice from our extensive Reading corner where you’ll find stories provided by Nal’ibali, African Storybook, BookDash and FundZa.

Our Digital librarian provides ongoing support to integrate e-books in teaching literacy by linking the stories from our Reading corner to the various prescribed curriculum activities Reading & viewing, Phonics and Listening & speaking. You simply click on the relevant grade and topic and a number of books and activities are provided.


Daily Read Aloud Tips

31 January 2019


Lara the Yellow Ladybird by Book Dash“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Last day before the challenge! Where are you meeting your little readers tomorrow? 

Practice story:
Book Dash's "Lara the Yellow Ladybird" A yellow bug in a world of red, Lara the Ladybird just wants to fit in.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town 5 March 2016 by Catherine Holtzhausen (illustrator), Martha Evans (writer), and Nadene Kriel (designer), available in English.

Reading Aloud Tip: 
Reading is not a goal to be achieved in a day, always offer books of different genres and difficulty for the learners to read. This will widen their vocabulary and reading ability.



30 January 2019


Is There Anyone Like Me? by Book Dash“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Only two more days! Where are you keeping the special Nal'ibali story ready for the big day?

Practice story:
Book Dash's "Is There Anyone Like Me?" I wonder if there’s another me somewhere in the world…

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Jess Jardim-Wedepohl (illustrator), Fred Strydom (writer) and Stephen Wallace (designer), available in English

Reading Aloud Tip: 
Allow the learners to take turns in reading, this might encourage them to better their reading skills.


29 January 2019


Searching for the Spirit of Spring"You making it this far is a sign that you can make it anywhere."

Where are you pledging your support? Visit the Nalibali website and make you pledge!

Practice story:
African Storybook's "Searching for the Spirit of Spring"in which Nkanyezi goes in search of things that will bring back the spirit of celebration to her village.

Story by Mosa Mahlaba and Selina Masego Morulane, available in English

Reading Aloud tip:
There is no right or wrong way of reading, so let the learners come up with their own reading style once in a while. 



28 January 2019


Screen Shot 2019 01 28 at 1.31.03 PM"Challenge yourself, it’s the only path which leads to growth."

Where are your reading pals?

Practice story:
Nal'ibali's "Neo and the Big WIde World" in which Gogo brings an exciting new world to Neo by just opening a book.  

Story by Vianne Venter and illustrations by Rico, available in English / AfrikaansisiXhosaisiZuluNdebeleSepediSesothoSeswatiSetswanaTsonga 

Reading Aloud Tip: 
Vary the reading style in the class to keep the children engaged. 



25 January 2019


The Dog Walker"Limitations live only in our minds, but if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."

Where is your favourite reading spot?

Practice story:
Nal'ibali's "The Dog Walker". My aunty is a dog walker! I know that might sound strange, but that’s what she does for a living! She walks other people’s dogs! 

Story by Kathrine Graham, illustrations by Jiggs Snaddon- Wood, available in English / Afrikaans / Sepedi / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu / Setswana / Xitsonga

Reading Aloud tip: 
The most important thing to do when reading to children is to enjoy yourself, this will show them how much fun reading is!



24 January 2019


Book Dash A House for a Mouse"If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realise what you can become."

Where will you get the books to prepare for World Read Aloud Day?

Practice story:
Book Dash's "A House for Mouse" in which Mouse is looking for a new house. Friendly animals offer to share their homes with him. But nothing is right until he finds his own little spot, warm and cosy.

Created at Book Dash Cape Town on 28 June 2014 by Michele Fry, Amy Uzzell and Jennifer Jacobs. Click here to open and download. 

Reading Aloud tip: 
Reading is made fun when the learners get to experience what they are reading.  Organise a short play for the learners to perform as the different characters in the story


23 January 2019


Screen Shot 2019 01 23 at 1.33.13 PM"Be proud of your achievement, no matter how small" 

Where you will be reading to your learners on World Read Aloud Day? 

Practice story:
Nal'bali's "Message in a bottle"  in which Chiku and her brother, Jabali, put a message in a glass bottle and then toss it into the ocean at Mombasa in Kenya. The bottle and its message travel all the way down to Umgababa off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal where Sandile finds it. And that is how a friendship begins!

Story by Joanne Bloch, illustrations by Jiggs Snaddon-Wood (available in English / Sesotho / isiXhosa / isiZulu / Afrikaans / Sepedi / Setswana)  

Reading Aloud tip:
Encourage your learners to become involved and start a sticker chart competition. Whoever collects the most stickers for reading out loud to the class will receive a special reward on World Read Aloud Day.   



22 January 2019


Screen Shot 2019 01 22 at 9.44.22 AM" You are the books you read, so choose wisely what you feed your mind with."

Where will you download the World Read Aloud Day story to get familiar with it?

Practice story:
Nal'ibali's "The Emperor's New Clothes" as retold by Ann Walton, illustrations by Jiggs Snaddon-Wood (available in English, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu)

Reading aloud tip:
Give your learners a chance to share their understanding of the story and the new words in it by reading the story in a group.  



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