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 to reach more children.

We have developed a series of teaching and reading materials that would be equally effective used at home, in a CBN Reading Toolbox or at a Workshop. This material is freely available to download and use at home with your children.

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Reporting on our Lockdown Learning
We are glad to report that the eight weeks of Lockdown Learning is extended for another week and ...Read more
Introducing our Funding Ambassadors
We are really thrilled that three long-standing friends of CBN are joining us internationally to ...Read more
Lockdown Learning begins!
There was a joyful response from children at De Kop informal settlement on Monday 11th May, when ...Read more

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Update on the Happiness Project
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Reporting on our Lockdown Learning
We are glad to report that the eight weeks of Lockdown Learning is extended for another week and
Eight weeks on … Lockdown Learning
Children’s Book Network has nearly completed an 8-week reading programme called Lockdown Learning

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