About Us

Children’s Book Network (CBN) began early in 2012, the dream of founders Gçina Mhlophe, Lesley Beake and Sindiwe Magona. Our purpose is to bring books to children and children to books - to make reading cool. We work through this website - an ever expanding resource - and through community workshops planned with, by and for the children.

CBN passionately believes that ALL children should have the chance to read books that interest and excite them. ALL children should have access to books that take them into other worlds, other lives. ALL children deserve books and stories.

We often use picture books with teenagers, short extracts from adult books with primary school children, poetry and short stories for all age groups. It's not about a reading level stamped somewhere on the book. Our children need to fly.

The key words are Workshop and Toolboxes. Workshops take centre stage when we work with children and really get down to basics. We have included the ideas developed there to make reading kits that can be used by teacher-librarians and others - to reach more children.

Featured Book

By Various Authors and Illustrators


Smile kissed faces at Butterfly center workshop.

Latest Articles

How do they read? Let us count the ways.
Photographs of children doing things tend to be more alluring, and maybe reflect more of the acti
Workshop programme for November and December 2019
We are finishing the year off in style with two parties, two workshops in Stanford and two worksh
CBN Fundraiser 22nd November 2019
Our Children’s Book Network choir has been invited to join a group of singers from the Netherland
Toolbox Celebration!
Some projects turn out to be a lot bigger – and a lot more work – than expected, and the CBN Tool