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3 Oct 2018
The first sounds in the very first CBN workshop were musical as well as magic - Senegalese drums played for us by our friends Basse and his brother. Music has always been part of what we do. Bach...
26 May 2017
Numbers are not the most important thing when it comes to books and reading, but it is interesting to note that BWYR last week reached between 7 000 and 8 000 young readers and potential readers from...
3 Apr 2017
CBN was there! Lesley Beake visited Good Hope Seminary Junior in Cape Town and shared books with a marathon number of children (well, she did offer!).
7 Feb 2017
Franschhoek 15 to 18 May 2017: Encouraging a culture of reading in the Franschhoek valley and raising funds for a new community library and local school libraries were important reasons for...
12 Jan 2016
IBBY is the International Board of Books for Young People, representing national organizations working with children and books all over the world. Here is an extract from their new year's message.
21 Aug 2014
As part of the rock gong project, we began the idea of clapping patterns in music with games that included clapping in different ways and with various actions. Clanwilliam children took to this with...
20 Aug 2014
Children’s Book Network (CBN) has been working on a project with UCT Department of Archaeology, Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project and others to create music using rock gongs (ringing rocks) from...
14 Aug 2014
This lovely short clip from a film directed by Guy Spiller follows the journey of a sixteen year old who discovers the richness of experience around him in the Karoo, ranging from the South African...
10 Jun 2014
As part of the run-up to the July music workshop at Living Landscape in Clanwilliam, children from Sederberg Primary, Elizabethfontein Primary and Augsberg Primary brush up on their clapping games.
8 Jun 2014
On Saturday, a huge truck pulled up at Living Landscape project in Clanwilliam. It brought carefully selected ringing rocks from the Karoo – rock gongs – that will soon become part of a major CBN and...
7 Jun 2014
Clanwilliam children today struck the first notes on the small ringing rocks we brought from the Karoo a few weeks ago. They took to it like experts and were fascinated by the concept, the sounds –...
4 Jun 2014
In July, CBN will begin its most ambitious project to date. It involves two four-day workshops, one in Clanwilliam with children from the Cederberg district, and one in Simon’s Town with children...
26 Mar 2014
What is exactly happening with reading in the digital age? And how can we keep up?
25 Mar 2014
During our first two years, we continued to explore the theme of Home – and this will never be all that far from our workshop ideas. But we have expanded into other trains of thought with the...
1 Nov 2013
Jay Heale reflects on changing methods of getting it all down on paper.
1 Nov 2013
Books of Africa - Jay Heale writes on some statistics from America, and thoughtfully examines some from his own experience in South Africa. Two sets of statistics have emerged from the United States...
16 Sep 2013
Cederberg Stories: Workshop for Clanwilliam: Clanwilliam Heritage workshop, Home, Landscape and Me – 23rd and 24th September 2013 – Heritage Day and beyond.
26 Aug 2013
5 September Library and school visits: Natalie Leens and Lesley Beake to introduce project to teachers and principals. 8 September (a Sunday) Literacy Day
23 Aug 2013
This article on homework and reading appeared first in the Cape Times – but is as relevant here as part of our occasional series on reading matters.
20 Aug 2013
When I was a child, in the ancient times, my Scottish primary school was probably one of the last schools to give up the idea of slates and slate pencils as a way to learn to write. We had little...
21 Jun 2013
ALL activities will include local talent and bring forward skills already existing in the community. WRITING Individual journals and stories Themes: Home and Landscape
1 Jun 2013
Three hours out of Cape Town the road north climbs a steep pass and emerges into a dramatic landscape of mountain, river, crag and cliff. Some of the most beautiful and evocative landscape of...
14 Dec 2012
Visit to Luthando Crèche in Stellenbosch When five visitors from Sweden came to work with CBN, they valiantly got down to work with children between ten and twelve years-old, but their hearts called...