The African Storybook Project (ASP) is a project that will create and encourage the use of a digital library of stories for the first few years of reading in digital formats, openly licensed, with a process and tools for translating and versioning stories for local African languages and contexts. These will be shared on a website which is in the process of being created. This will enable users to upload and share versions of the stories in their local languages, providing numbers of stories in a range of languages way beyond the scope of conventional publishing.
In this way we aim to provide African children with sufficient familiar language stories for enjoyable reading practice to create a firm basis for literacy development. The initial pilot will take place in South Africa, Kenya and Uganda.
We are also inviting all interested parties to submit stories to us. If you are interested in helping us by donating a story, here are the guidelines:
- Our main interest is stories that children can read themselves when they're in the first stages of reading - a few words or a sentence a page, with an accompanying illustration - although there is place for more difficult read-aloud stories as well.
- We're looking for African stories in languages spoken in Africa that will appeal to African children up to the age of 9 or 10.
- You can send us typed up stories with or without illustrations, or scanned PDF stories with illustrations, or recordings of stories, songs and games.
- When you send us a story, please also send the information about the story as per the attached form.
- Send the stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- If your stories are too large to email, let us know and we'll invite you to our Dropbox folder where you can upload large files free of charge.