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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.


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.
23 Jan 2019
Continuing our theme of story and how important it is culturally and socially, we will be working with some stories out of Africa. The workshop will be from 9.30 (snacks for the children) to about 12...
17 Jan 2019
CBN was privileged to welcome Nina and Michael Grimm, from Rottweil, to a workshop on 3 January 2019.
15 Jan 2019
A Grimm Fairy Tale Once upon a time …
9 Jan 2019
There will be more about that, the first workshop of this year, the last workshop of last year ... and the generosity of all our friends. Our apologies for the short break in communications.
22 Dec 2018
Every December we enjoy the inspiring sight of thousands of bikers pouring into designated centres with huge teddy-bears and other toys strapped onto their bikes, themselves … their girlfriends.
12 Dec 2018
We ended off the year on a complete high note with participation from talented Zimbabwean musician Terry Tekura and his colleague Edward Schmidt – on 10th December.
5 Dec 2018
We have had a magnificent ride through this past year. CBN has gone from strength to strength on all fronts.
4 Nov 2018
Great choir input from Vuyokasi Size and her husband.
3 Nov 2018
The following short address was made at the awarding of the Social Responsibility Awards at Hermanus High School in October 2018 by Lesley Beake.
2 Nov 2018
CBN needs – and would like to offer - local support in providing exciting and stimulating after-school activities for local children. We are also looking to share some of the problems and be part of...
31 Oct 2018
CBN will be holding a holiday workshop for our loyal supporters! There will be storytelling and activities for Little CBN (6-8 years old) and a fun two-day workshop for out regulars (9-12 years-old...
21 Oct 2018
Those who sing together grow together. We began our choir with the Winter Workshops when the theme was Imagination – but we never imagined how important it would become.
17 Oct 2018
We are busy recruiting a new Teen Team to work with us next year. For teenagers who have been working with us during 2018, the benefits have been huge. First it is fun. Then it is a feel-good thing...
16 Oct 2018
Music has always been part of CBN. We read together, listen together, play together … and sing together. Now CBN has a choir that forms an important part of our workshops and events.
1 Oct 2018
On Monday 24th September (which is a public holiday for Heritage Day in South Africa), CNB held a very successful workshop at Butterfly Centre in Stanford. Nearly sixty CBN children entertained ten...
11 Sep 2018
The Theme: Our Heritage. The San people of Africa. There will be four workshops in this series, which form a unit in our Toolbox. They could be presented as a two (or even three) day workshop, or as...
10 Sep 2018
The Theme: Our Heritage. The San people of Africa. There will be four workshops in this series, which form a unit in our Toolbox. They could be presented as a two (or even three) day workshop, or as...
7 Sep 2018
We have been getting to know each other during the Winter Workshops in Stanford and the feeling was mutual. We like working together. The only sad thing is that the Matrics we have been working with...
6 Sep 2018
Workshops with a heritage theme Saturday Stories: On Saturday 8th September Saturday Stories: On Saturday 15th September Heritage Day Celebration on Monday 24 September
20 Aug 2018
We already have a splendid, eager, hard-working team of teenagers – ably led by Nyasha Makwarimba, who has worked with CBN for well over a year now. Now we have an official Teen Team of teenagers who...
20 Aug 2018
We have always believed – and said publicly – that CBN must stick to what it does. That is to work with children of 10,11 and 12 who can read, but don’t. Children who come from book-deprived...
11 Jul 2018
The Winter Workshops in Stanford – three days of workshop and an additional three mornings of books and song – have been, a tremendous success.
30 Jun 2018
CBN has run a regular series of 7 Saturday workshops from the beginning of March and these have proved not only popular, but also very productive.
27 May 2018
During 2018, our colleague, Janine van Rooy-Overmeyer (Blaq Pearl) held two extremely successful workshops in Tafelsig (Mitchell’s Plain). We hope Janine will be able to take this further next year...
16 Apr 2018
CBN, in connection with NEAD, held a workshop facilitated by Janine van Rooi (Blaq Pearl) at Freedom Park Community Hall from 9am to 12 pm The report is on its way, but these pictures speak a...
15 Apr 2018
Vuyo has assisted with workshops many times, but earlier this year, she asked if she could bring some children from her community at Die Kop, halfway between Stanford and Gansbaai. Of course.
15 Apr 2018
Monday 10th April saw twenty children assembling in the Butterfly Centre in Stanford – early, as usual, with their community facilitator Vuyokasi Siza and helper Patricia.
7 Apr 2018
To celebrate the end of the school holidays, we will be holding a workshop at Buterfly Centre at 10.30 on Monday 9th. The theme will be My House – my imagination!
17 Mar 2018
On 17 February, CBN held the second of a new scheme of training workshops. This is the extension of our Stanford workshops that includes children from Die Kop and was facilitated by Vuyo Siza with...
7 Mar 2018
It has always been a dream to find, and train, people from within the communities we work with. Vuyo Siza is just such a person. She already works at Butterfly Centre – a wonderful school for...
2 Mar 2018
The first in a series of workshops to be given by Blaq Pearl (Janine van Rooi) and colleagues in Mitchell’s Plain. These workshops will be held in cooperation with community organization NEAD.
19 Feb 2018
The 16th February saw the first of what we hope will be a regular story session in Stanford with Vuyokazi Siza as workshop leader. This is part of CBN’s new outreach project where we will be...