African Storybook Initiative



Open access to picture storybooks in the languages of Africa for children’s literacy, enjoyment and imagination 


Saide’s African Storybook initiative aims to address the shortage of contextually appropriate books for early reading in the languages of Africa. Our vision is for all young African children to have enough enjoyable books to read in a familiar language so that they can practise their reading skills and learn to love reading.

On the African Storybook website,, you can find, create, translate or adapt stories for early reading. Without having to ask for permission or pay a fee, you can download and print the storybooks and/or illustrations.

You can also photocopy and distribute the storybooks. You can use the website on phones, tablets or desktops/laptops.

For caregivers in home settings, the storybooks are very readable on mobile phones. The ASb Reader (an App for Android and Apple) is downloadable for free, and will reduce the data costs of accessing the website on mobile phones.

Our digital open licence publishing model is providing a growing number of stories in a growing number of languages without having to consider the size of the market for stories of a particular type in a particular language.

To encourage and learn from use, the project is working with teachers, librarians, teacher educators and literacy development organisations in Eastern and Southern Africa. 

Click here to meet our team.