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24 Jun 2015
Next week (June 29th to July 2nd) CBN will be holding the first Winter Workshop, for High School learners, with an amazingly exciting programme.
9 Jun 2015
Last week I had the excitement of finally meeting the amazing team behind Book Dash (
27 May 2015
On Friday 29 May at 3.00 we will have a meeting at the library with high school students to explain what CBN does, how we have been working with primary school children over the last three years and...
25 May 2015
this month's theme has been tracks and tracking - both in hunting and in archaeology. For full reports of these (and all other) workshops, please go to:
12 May 2015
This was a very interesting event to attend. Morag Styles is an expert in the history of children's literature. She is professor of Children's Poetry at the University of Cambridge.
11 May 2015
Tonight (Monday 11th May) at UCT there will be a conversation between Morag Styles, Emeritus Professor of Children's Poetry, University of Cambridge, and Finuala Dowling, local author. Please find...
2 Apr 2015
Many Cultures One Story
2 Apr 2015
Bookdash is a fantastic initiative that brings together teams of illustrators, writers, designers and creative people generlaly to create books for South Africa's children - in one day! This is their...
1 Apr 2015
Congratulations to South African reading organization PRAESA on winning the prestigious Astrid Lindgren in Sweden for their amazing work over the last 20 years of reading in this country.
27 Mar 2015
School holidays are just round the corner (again!) and there will be a full programme for children in Clanwilliam:
12 Mar 2015
Children from the Chris Hani school in Khayelitsha dancing during the Swedish World's Children's Prize homecoming concert in the Artscape Theatre on March 1st.
10 Mar 2015
Clanwilliam Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd March Children between 9 and 12 are invited to join a fun workshop at Living Landscape from 3.00 to 5.00 on the afternoon of 21st March and continuing...
7 Mar 2015
Library Week is coming up soon and the Southern Peninsula have put together a festival celebrating the written word in their area. Blown Away by Books | 18 - 21 March | presented by the libraries of...
7 Mar 2015
My Kassie Book Club; helping to address illiteracy in South Africa.
6 Mar 2015
Rivers and us! Children of all ages are invited to talk about what they need, what they would like … most of all, what is FUN! At 10.00 on Saturday 7th March there will be a Saturday Story event at...
27 Feb 2015
Workshop programme: Red Hill 28 February 2015 Theme: Water and Stories Time: 10.00 Saturday until 11.30 (Facilitators meet by 9.45)
4 Jan 2015
For a revised description of how our workshops work, go to:
2 Jan 2015
Malala Yousafazi was not only the joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize , but also the winner of a prize awarded by children from all over the world to champions of children’s rights.
13 Dec 2014
At the core of what we do are always books. CBN is lucky to be able to book-rustle in the libraries of various supporters but, until now, we have lacked a significant collection of our own books to...
27 Nov 2014
Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press are holding their annual dragon boat contest on Saturday 29 November at 9.00 am at the Waterfront in Cape Town. All proceeds to go to SHINE, an...
27 Nov 2014
A board meeting will be held in Tokai, Cape Town, on Friday 5th December at 2.00.
25 Nov 2014
During 2015 CBN will be offering workshops to local children in association with Clanwilliam Living landscape Project and the contracted archaeologists who will be working on what will be land...
24 Nov 2014
Come and join the Archaeology students from University of Cape Town and other universities in Africa, at Living Landscape on Saturday 6th December at 10.00 for a fun morning of stories, crafts, games...
10 Nov 2014
This month has seen some emotional moments for the ASSITEJ SA team as more than 3600 young people came to the production of War Horse in Johannesburg, sponsored by Rand Merchant Bank, after having...
5 Nov 2014
IBBY SA Book donations
5 Nov 2014
Marj Brown reports on the phenomenal success of the Phendulani Literacy Quizz
4 Nov 2014
War Horse news and other things … Di Hofmeyr on making stories come to life – and Handspring Puppets on the same theme.
23 Oct 2014
Sanlam and Tafelberg Publishers invite you to celebrate with the authors and see the winning books in this prestigious award. Wednesday 29 October 18.30 for 19.00 Inner City Ideas Cartel Second Floor...
23 Oct 2014
The story Club Cape Town is hosting another gathering at the end of this month (next week!). This month’s Storyteller is Dinah Eppel who performed to great reviews at the recent Cape Town Fringe...
20 Oct 2014
The South African section of the International Board on Books for Young People is having a celebratory BookBash at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday 23 October 2014 at SASNEV, 4 Central Square, Pinelands. All...
7 Oct 2014
Another school holiday, another workshop. We successfully concluded the focus on Clanwilliam, my town, with an exuberant painting session in which some rather tropical views of this little town in...
29 Sep 2014
A Campaign to raise funds to donate more HOME LANGUAGE storybooks to children in South Africa.
29 Sep 2014
ASSITEJ South Africa, part of an international organization that brings theatre to children, has invited CBN to bring ten teenagers from Red Hill informal settlement to attend a workshop on the play...
22 Sep 2014
IBBY Announces the Winners of the 2014 IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award
18 Sep 2014
Developed by the people who gave us Sesame Street, this resource for early Child Development invited CBN to contribute to their blog. For a link to the blog, and to see more about what Takakani...
18 Sep 2014
Three sessions of Saturday Stories are planned for the rest of September and beginning October. These informal sessions begin at 10.00 with the ringing of the rock gongs (sometimes well in advance of...
1 Aug 2014
The full reports on these workshops are available under WORKSHOP/Reports on this website, or click through on the addresses below.
7 Jul 2014
Listening Beautifully With Gçina Mhlophe, Sindiwe Magona, Anele Mhlahlo and croc E moses. This event will not only be a magical evening of stories and music but also acts as a fundraiser for Children...
16 Jun 2014
A TWO-DAY Workshop 16th & 17th July Themes for these days will be:Time, People and working with music and the rock gongs. The children will work with musicians, clapping, humming and singing....
16 Jun 2014
This 4-day workshop will give us time to complete some large projects - shadow puppets with San themes, beautiful words poetry project, iBooks on the iPads and working with the rock gongs on site....
30 Apr 2014
Two large workshops are planned for the school holidays. The first one will be at the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project (CLLP) in the Cederberg from 30th June to 3rd July.
30 Apr 2014
Saturday Stories continue in May in Clanwilliam with the themes of: Things I love to love and hate! There will also be a writing exercise involving free thought and large (very large) and small (very...
2 Apr 2014
CBN Reporting on a successful year The Annual Report for 2013 is now available under the resources tab - here's the link
1 Apr 2014
On the 4th April (Friday) there will be the International Children's Book Day at Clanwilliams where Lesley Beake will be doing group reading Here is the link to ICBD website
1 Apr 2014
The Cederberg Stories Project will be holding a workshop on Friday 4th April on Music and Stories – Stories and Music. Anele Mhlahlo will play his violin for the grade 6 children who have been...
1 Mar 2014
On 1st March our latest Swedish visitors touched down at Cape Town Airport, ready for action at Red Hill and other Rotary projects in the Cape Peninsula.
13 Jan 2014
This article, by Jay Heale, was broadcast on Fine Music Radio, Cape Town, on 13th January 2014.
11 Dec 2013
The tenth of December 2013: None of us will ever forget the announcement last week that our beloved Madiba had left us during the night.
27 Nov 2013
On Tuesday 10th of December, in Simon’s Town Library hall, there will be a gathering of storytellers, musicians and children to celebrate the end of one year – and anticipate the beginning of a new...
31 Oct 2013
CBN was very privileged to host a wonderful dance team at our Heritage Day workshop on September 24th. It began with a visit to Elizabethfontein Primary School with Natalie Leens, Senior Librarian...