OUR LITERACY FOCUS

We at Cover2Cover are passionate about getting teens and children reading.

We partnered with the FunDza Literacy Trust to get our books out to thousands of readers – and you can see from the responses on the right just how successful we’ve been.

We invite anyone interested in getting South Africa reading to explore our books. We’re confident that they’re helping to make a difference. See the box below for links to the book listings on this website.

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Finding the right books

The key is finding books that persuade students that they can actually be readers, and that reading can be a pleasure!

Cover2Cover was created to do just this – to produce uniquely South African fiction for additional language users, that is accessible, interesting and relevant to readers’ lives.

It’s important to get the level right: before we publish a story for additional language users, it’s tested in schools, so we know that the language level is suitable.

The books in the Cover2Cover series’ listed below are the perfect way to get teens reading.

 

Using our books for your literacy project

We suggest:

The Harmony High series: our first and flagship series of 10 titles, centred on the real-life issues facing teens at Harmony High, a fictional township high school.

Our FunDza anthologies: collections of popular stories from FunDza’s mobi site.

The Soccer Season series: A sereis set in a soccer club, with a lower reading level, and all the same ingredients as Harmony High.

The Shadow Chasers series: An illustrated fantasy adventure series for kids from about 9 to 11 years.

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“Our children really love reading the FunDza books as the stories are so relevant to their lives.” – Hantam Community Education Trust

“We see that the teens here absolutely love the Harmony High series and they just want more!” – OLICO Youth 

“It’s going to be a bomb here, with our youth getting excited, having fun in reading and relating to the stories.” – S.B. Radebe Foundation

“Reading has become a fashionable thing because of these books.” – IkamvaYouth Makhaza, Khayelitsha

“The children gobble up the Fundza books and will be fighting amongst themselves for the new ones for holiday reading this week.” – ITEC Literacy Centre

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Why reading for pleasure?

The importance of literacy is well-established, but new research into reading for pleasure is so important that we want everyone to know these facts (see right):

This research was done in the UK, but what it implies for us in South Africa is huge. It suggests that one of the most important things we can do to support children is encourage reading for pleasure. Reading fiction also allows readers to grow in empathy and understanding, as they are drawn in by characters, and walk in their shoes.

Here is a link to the referenced research, done by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown, for the UK Institute of Education.

  • Reading for pleasure is a bigger indicator of success at school than parents’ income, or academic achievements.
  • Teenagers who read for pleasure do better at school than teenagers who don’t. They don’t only do better at using new words and spelling, but they do better at Maths and other subjects too.

 

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