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Read at Home


Our purpose is to bring books to children and children to books - to make reading accessible and cool. We work through community workshops planned with, by and for the children, and through this website - an ever-expanding resource. Our idea with our Read at Home projects, is to provide easily accesible resources that can be downloaded online. Child reading quietly with teddy bear

Lockdown Learning

During our nation’s lockdown in 2020, we developed our Lockdown Learning Programme - the first of what we hope will be many Read at Home projects. This is a series of teaching and reading materials that would be equally effective in a home environment or at a workshop. While we send these booklets out to our children in the communities with which we work, these resources will also be a permanent, free resource on our website that we will upgrade and add to from time to time. 


23 Apr 2021
World Book Day This special day in the world’s calendar means very different things. What is clear is that the success and meaning of it all depends on the amount of energy put into celebrating it....
18 Nov 2020
Pictured are some of the elements of this work around the sense of taste good – and as the gentlemen on the front cover ably demonstrate – bad as well!
5 Nov 2020
This is what the children receive in their packs every week. Then there are books that are shared between the group, book club books also available, and reading packs containing the reading and...
4 Nov 2020
The books, the books, the books!
3 Nov 2020
In an age of television and instant switch-on, children find it hard to get to the heart of a story or a text. We aim with the Happiness Project to show them that they can find happiness in small...
23 Oct 2020
This project has been enormous. It has also been enormous fun, enormous amounts of work, enormous amounts of hope and a strong belief that it will happen.
7 Oct 2020
This week, the first unit of the Happiness Project has reached the children we work with in De Kop informal settlement. It is the beginning of a new phase in our efforts to work with children...
29 Sep 2020
This project has been in our minds throughout lockdown when it was imperative to get material out there as fast as possible – and to make it appropriate, suitable and enough to keep children of...
29 Sep 2020
‘Never waste a good crisis’
2 Sep 2020
If ever we needed it, it’s now! But we have been forced to admit that it is not possible to achieve all we wanted to do in the circumstances of even more necessary lockdown.
20 Jul 2020
We have been very fortunate to receive funding from Rotary Rotweil that will enable us to continue our reading programme for children out of school.
2 Jul 2020
We are glad to report that the eight weeks of Lockdown Learning is extended for another week and that Vuyo reports a really good response to the 20-page (sometimes more) reading booklets CBN...
26 Jun 2020
Children’s Book Network has nearly completed an 8-week reading programme called Lockdown Learning with children in De Kop and Stanford South.
11 Jun 2020
Now in it’s fifth week, with daily activities, reading, writing and illustrating as well as games and songs, we hope this is making a difference in difficult times.
1 Jun 2020
Each week since the 11th of May, we have distributed CBN Lockdown Learning Booklets to our children in De Kop settlement in Stanford. Each booklet is based on a special theme. Topics and activities...
14 May 2020
There was a joyful response from children at De Kop informal settlement on Monday 11th May, when the starter kits were handed out with Week One of activities (a 20-page booklet of games, writing,...