Above: A page from Serepana, illustrated by Astrid Blumer
Download the eBooks HERE. Download the print files HERE (coming soon).
The Dithakga tša Gobala / Reading champions project is Collaborate Community Project’s first and flagship project. It is proudly supported by our corporate sponsors, and to date, has produced 22 wordless picturebooks which have been made available to the public, free of charge.
Wordless picturebooks are a genre of books that allow readers to use illustrations to create a story in a language of their choice. The genre allows for multiple stories to be sourced from each book, and the books are especially relevant for preschool children, who have yet to learn to decode print. In this way, the project hopes to foster a love of books, reading and storytelling regardless of literacy levels, language preference and age.
Stories were sourced from adults and children in the Mamelodi, Danville and Kayamandi communities. Community members who participated in this project were asked to tell a story, and to provide reference materials for the illustrators to use in the final creation of the books. The concept authors are involved in every stage of the book creation, from sharing their stories at the story collection workshops, to approving and making changes to the illustration roughs, colour roughs and making decisions on how the books will be distributed.
By sourcing stories from local communities, the project hopes to give parents and children a sense of ownership of the stories and books.
The project also wishes to make books available in South African homes. Books are an expensive luxury for many South Africans, yet, the importance of early childhood reading cannot be overstated. For this reason, the project has made both the print files, and an eBook version of each book available for download. A number of copies of the books will also be circulated to reading organisations and schools.
The books are available for download as eBooks HERE, or the print files can be requested.