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.

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Smile kissed faces at Butterfly center workshop.

Latest Articles

Springfontein and Children Reading!
Springfontein Wine Estate is working closely with the non-profit organisation Children’s Book Net
Children’s Book Network News
Still in the same venue at Norfolk Place, CBN is welcoming even more children than ever this year
Welcome to a new member of the CBN Team
We are delighted to have the help and enthusiasm of Lisa Witherden, who turned up at exactly the
Workshops working their wonder
Children’s Book Network (CBN) has officially kicked off our Saturday workshops for the year.