DBE recommends free books for parents & kids this holiday

Going into the holiday season parents have been offered many free books by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to read to their children or have them read themselves.

This was posted recently by the Western Cape Education Department, but was retweeted by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) on Twitter.

All this free content can be found from this PDF hosted on the WCED website.

“Welcome to your holiday edition online library. This edition is a combination of five online
libraries. Choose a library by clicking on the indicated button. You can click on any book in
each of these libraries to choose a book in your preferred language and level. Read anywhere, anytime during your holiday break. Enjoy the books!” reads the beginning of the PDF.

Users can then click on the edition of the online library they’d like to read, and then select their language. English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa are all available.

For each language there are dozens of books broken up into three levels. These reflect the complexity of writing in each and parents and children can peruse until they find one that suits them.

The books all take the same format of an illustration on the left hand side of the page and some accompanying text on the right. You can see an example of this in the picture below.

The illustrations here aren’t the best and it feels very empty with a lot of white space everywhere, but for something that costs nothing except data to access it’s a good resource to keep kids reading when they’re out of school.

One aspect to take note of here is that the books, when viewed from a desktop or notebook, can be navigated with the directional buttons on the keyboard or dragged with the mouse. These are formatted and navigated a bit better on mobile devices where readers can simply swipe across.


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