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There are long reports ... and there are short reports. If you need to know absolutely everything, please go to the Resources tab where our pdf documents are stored. If, like most of us, you just need the basics, short reports of our workshop activities can be found right here.


11 Jan 2021
In 2021 Children’s Book Network enters its tenth year of working with children and reading. We aim for it to be a year to celebrate children as well as books. In spite of everything pandemics and...
23 Sep 2020
A summary for those who are short of time... Children’s Book Network approaches 10 years of working with children without books or a love of reading. This is happening in a year of global disaster...
23 Sep 2020
Introduction Soon, it will be ten years since CBN began to work with children from poor communities who had little interest in books and reading.
7 May 2020
A funding appeal without the number 19 in it! Instead, we would like to invite you to join the Children’s Book Network Thousand Club.
24 Apr 2020
The Children's Book Network (CBN) team are working on the development of our Reading Toolboxes, as well as creating online content for children during the lockdown.
11 Apr 2020
As our days seem to melt into each other at the moment, here’s a fun activity you can do to remind us all of the chocolatey celebration of Easter which is happening this weekend!
10 Apr 2020
A children's book about the Coronavirus, illustrated by the award-winning Gruffalo artist Axel Scheffler, is available for free online. We've uploaded it here for you to read and share with your...
26 Mar 2020
We thought we’d share a few ways you can keep your children moving while at home. Quiet time, reading and other brain stimulating activities are important, but some fun movement games are necessary...
24 Mar 2020
With schools closed and contact with others limited, what are children to do with themselves? We have been brainstorming ideas about resources that can be accessed through our website now, and also...
20 Mar 2020
Thank you for your support. Our Funding Proposal can be found at the bottom of this article by clicking the PDF links, or on OUR RECORDS page.
19 Mar 2020
With all of the hype and misinformation around the Corona virus, it is important to put our children's minds at ease about the pandemic. It is also vitally important to properly inform them about...
10 Mar 2020
CBN is proud to welcome Inga as a serious part of our team – and a wonderful inspiration to our children. As an Ambassador for CBN, we hope that she will raise our profile locally and she already has...
9 Mar 2020
This has to rate as one of our best! We had 36 children in attendance – only three of them in the ‘Little CBN’ category. These were most competently absorbed in stories by Lisa Witherden, and some...
How does our programme work?
9 Mar 2020
Children's Book Network (CBN) has been operating since 2012, and while we've changed and adapted over time, the core of our programme remains the same - to instil a love of reading in our children,...
5 Mar 2020
UNDERGROUND! Theme: Looking at non-fiction – and looking at the fun in photographic ‘big books’. The story of going underground – and what might be found there. LITTLE CBN Going underwater and what...
4 Mar 2020
High School children are keen to help – but very pressurised by work and sport. We have enthusiastic support from children at Hermanus High School who come when they can. Surprisingly, this often...
3 Mar 2020
We at last had the resources and staff to develop a proper M&E system. Our Administrator, Wilien van Zyl, recorded all children attending our workshops and noted demographic details that enable...
CBN children enjoying being read to
28 Feb 2020
During 2019 we held 21 Workshops in total, and worked with just over 1 191 children in Stanford, De Kop, Zwelihle (Hermanus) and in Mitchell’s Plain. Our first two workshops for 2020 brought us a...
21 Feb 2020
Still in the same venue at Norfolk Place, CBN is welcoming even more children than ever this year, with additional help from volunteers and part time staff as well as the old trusted team. We thank...
18 Feb 2020
We are delighted to have the help and enthusiasm of Lisa Witherden, who turned up at exactly the right moment to assist with some of the critical issues facing an expanding CBN.
7 Feb 2020
Children’s Book Network (CBN) has officially kicked off our Saturday workshops for the year. These workshops take place twice a month and give our children a chance to read, space to let their...
16 Nov 2019
Photographs of children doing things tend to be more alluring, and maybe reflect more of the activities around the theme of the workshop than the actual business of reading. But they read! A lot.
15 Nov 2019
We are finishing the year off in style with two parties, two workshops in Stanford and two workshops in Tafelsig (Mitchells Plain).
15 Nov 2019
Our Children’s Book Network choir has been invited to join a group of singers from the Netherlands in joyful song next week, Friday 22nd November, at Madre’s Restaurant in Stanford. 16.00 until 18.00...
15 Nov 2019
Some projects turn out to be a lot bigger – and a lot more work – than expected, and the CBN Toolbox Project definitely falls into that category.
15 Oct 2019
Supporters of CBN will have noticed that our website has not been as regularly updated as they have come to expect. This year has been hugely successful in the work that we are here to do – creating...
10 Jul 2019
The venue was the amazing Groenberg Community Library , right in the heart of Franschhoek.
2 Jul 2019
Today, Tuesday 2nd July, CBN had a workshop titled Place.
Warm up game
21 Jun 2019
On Friday 21 June CBN hosted a workshop at Enlighten Trust , attended by 28 children. The theme of the workshop was 'Windows'. It was focused on what you saw as you looked outside a window and what...
9 Jun 2019
On Saturday the 8th June, the CBN children were once again reunited. Jude Victor came to visit the children which was a great surprise. The workshop was attended by 28 Children from Stanford and Die...
25 May 2019
Saturday 25th May, we had a workshop in Stanford in which 34 children attended. The theme was Friendship.
16 May 2019
Lesley will be away for nearly three weeks – and during that time, Nyasha Makwarimba, who is now interning with us, will take over the running of the website. All supportive comments can be directed...
17 Apr 2019
CBN will offer a workshop on Saturday 19th April with the theme ‘Expressions’
3 Apr 2019
And, by the numbers … We always have an oversupply of children of all ages in Stanford when the call goes out. We had 54 children in attendance on 13 March and a more restrained 19 in Hermanus at...
3 Apr 2019
Drawing on experience Especially for children who may not be articulate in English (although all our participants understand if they are Grade 4 and above), illustration provides a creative starting...
3 Apr 2019
Working on the theme of ‘US!’ On 18th March (Stanford) and 19 March Enlighten Education Trust in Zwelihle in Hermanus, we gave two holiday reading workshops to the great enjoyment of the children.
3 Apr 2019
Two Day-Workshops on 18 and 19 March On 18th March (Stanford) and 19 March (Enlighten Education Trust in Zwelihle in Hermanus).
1 Apr 2019
When famous hip-hop singer Janine van Rooy (Blaq Pearl) works with our children, they write songs together. It isn’t easy – and the rules are that what they want to say goes in, regardless of the...
31 Mar 2019
A new development, and a logical one. We have for some time been working on our methods for monitoring and evaluating the progress our children make with their reading. We can SEE how much more they...
20 Mar 2019
Our choir began as a community building exercise,but has grown from there. In Stanford we work with children from two communities and two schools. Singing seemed like a good idea to bring everyone...
15 Mar 2019
OK. This is why we couldn't avoid forming a Little CBN! They just come along anyway, and during the holidays often have to follow their older siblings, who are baby-sitting. But ... honestly ......
14 Mar 2019
After the success of the inaugural Teen Team last year, we have regrouped.
9 Mar 2019
We had a workshop at the butterfly centre that was attended by 45 children from Stanford. It was conducted by Vuyokazi Siza. We focused on introducing a new song, ‘We are the world – Micheal Jackson...
2 Mar 2019
CBN is very grateful to Phumlani Lose, who gives up many Saturday mornings to CBN. He adds both his voice and his example to our workshops.
1 Mar 2019
For CBN we have a new, New Year when we hit the first of March and begin our new financial year. So, it IS the first of March and we have a whole new 2019 filing section to populate, and many plans.
24 Feb 2019
Reading a book is just like being a detective in a TV series. You have to look for clues to make the story work. This was our first book detective story:
24 Feb 2019
CBN offered two workshops in January, but only one in February – the hectic athletics season at schools, but we are in full stride again, with a busy March programme. Saturday morning CBN Book Club 2...
10 Feb 2019
Children everywhere used to have strong tradition of clapping games. In Africa that tradition still exists and is enjoyed hugely.
29 Jan 2019
Moving the focus of story to Africa – where it all began
27 Jan 2019
The children who come to Children’s Book Network workshops in increasing numbers are volunteers. They want to come. It isn’t part of school. It’s fun.