Read to your kids today and help break the record!
Can you help us read aloud to 510,000 kids in South Africa on 16 February?

Nal’ibali and WeCan24 are calling on all South Africans to spread the power of stories and help them break the read-aloud record this World Read Aloud Day, 16 February 2017!

Last year, with the support of thousands of South Africans, we managed to read to 365 000 children! This year, in partnership with WeCan24, KFM, Department of Education, and uShaka Marine World, we are striving to reach 510 000 children – and YOU can help us reach that number.

First, download this year's storyThe Best Sound in the World by South African-born author and illustrator Niki Daly – in the language of your choice from the Nal’ibali website and print it out. Next, remember to pledge so that you can be added to the read-aloud number! 

Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading. Every year they harness the support from high-profile celebrities to help get parents and caregivers excited about reading to kids.

Nal'ibali World Read Aloud Day 2017

Nal'ibali World Read Aloud Day 2017
Nal'ibali World Read Aloud Day 2017

Nal'ibali World Read Aloud Day 2017

Why does reading aloud matter?

1. It shows your child that you value them

Reading aloud with your little one sends them a powerful message – that you prioritise and value time with them. It is a powerful bonding moment between you and your child, which is something that they will always cherish.

2. It builds their intellectual and emotional intelligence

Reading aloud to your child every day exposes your them to close to a million words a year. Not only does this develop their intellect and vocabulary, it allows them to experience empathy and imagination in a powerful way.

3. Mother tongue matters

Remember that reading to your child in a language that they’re comfortable in is the most important aspect. Children who become proficient in their mother tongue language are more easily able to learn other languages.

Parents and caregivers have the power to change a child’s future... by simply reading aloud with them. So join Nal’ibali and WeCan24 for World Read Aloud Day and pledge to read to children on 16 February! Whether you’re reading to one children, or 10,000 children, every read-aloud counts!

Help Nal'ibali to break the 2016 record together and reach 510 000 kids! See the video here:

Will you be reading The Best Sound in the World to children tomorrow? Is your child's school participating? Have you signed the pledge? Please send your photos and comments to and we may publish them!

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