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There are long reports ... and there are short reports. If you need to know absolutely everything, please go to the Resources tab where our pdf documents are stored. If, like most of us, you just need the basics, short reports of our workshop activities can be found right here.


17 Oct 2018
We are busy recruiting a new Teen Team to work with us next year. For teenagers who have been working with us during 2018, the benefits have been huge. First it is fun. Then it is a feel-good thing...
16 Oct 2018
Music has always been part of CBN. We read together, listen together, play together … and sing together. Now CBN has a choir that forms an important part of our workshops and events.
3 Oct 2018
The first sounds in the very first CBN workshop were musical as well as magic - Senegalese drums played for us by our friends Basse and his brother. Music has always been part of what we do. Bach...
1 Oct 2018
On Monday 24th September (which is a public holiday for Heritage Day in South Africa), CNB held a very successful workshop at Butterfly Centre in Stanford. Nearly sixty CBN children entertained five...
11 Sep 2018
The Theme: Our Heritage. The San people of Africa. There will be four workshops in this series, which form a unit in our Toolbox. They could be presented as a two (or even three) day workshop, or as...
10 Sep 2018
The Theme: Our Heritage. The San people of Africa. There will be four workshops in this series, which form a unit in our Toolbox. They could be presented as a two (or even three) day workshop, or as...
7 Sep 2018
We have been getting to know each other during the Winter Workshops in Stanford and the feeling was mutual. We like working together. The only sad thing is that the Matrics we have been working with...
6 Sep 2018
Workshops with a heritage theme Saturday Stories: On Saturday 8th September Saturday Stories: On Saturday 15th September Heritage Day Celebration on Monday 24 September
20 Aug 2018
We already have a splendid, eager, hard-working team of teenagers – ably led by Nyasha Makwarimba, who has worked with CBN for well over a year now. Now we have an official Teen Team of teenagers who...
20 Aug 2018
We have always believed – and said publicly – that CBN must stick to what it does. That is to work with children of 10,11 and 12 who can read, but don’t. Children who come from book-deprived...
11 Jul 2018
The Winter Workshops in Stanford – three days of workshop and an additional three mornings of books and song – have been, a tremendous success.
30 Jun 2018
CBN has run a regular series of 7 Saturday workshops from the beginning of March and these have proved not only popular, but also very productive.
16 Apr 2018
CBN, in connection with NEAD, held a workshop facilitated by Janine van Rooi (Blaq Pearl) at Freedom Park Community Hall from 9am to 12 pm The report is on its way, but these pictures speak a...
15 Apr 2018
Vuyo has assisted with workshops many times, but earlier this year, she asked if she could bring some children from her community at Die Kop, halfway between Stanford and Gansbaai. Of course.
15 Apr 2018
Monday 10th April saw twenty children assembling in the Butterfly Centre in Stanford – early, as usual, with their community facilitator Vuyokasi Siza and helper Patricia.
17 Mar 2018
On 17 February, CBN held the second of a new scheme of training workshops. This is the extension of our Stanford workshops that includes children from Die Kop and was facilitated by Vuyo Siza with...
7 Mar 2018
It has always been a dream to find, and train, people from within the communities we work with. Vuyo Siza is just such a person. She already works at Butterfly Centre – a wonderful school for...
2 Mar 2018
The first in a series of workshops to be given by Blaq Pearl (Janine van Rooi) and colleagues in Mitchell’s Plain. These workshops will be held in cooperation with community organization NEAD.
19 Feb 2018
The 16th February saw the first of what we hope will be a regular story session in Stanford with Vuyokazi Siza as workshop leader. This is part of CBN’s new outreach project where we will be...
11 Feb 2018
There will be a short workshop on Friday afternoon, 2.30 for snacks, 3.00 workshop begins at Butterfly Centre where Lesley will focus on the message to children of Nelson Mandela in this the...
17 Dec 2017
On a Saturday morning a bit of story-telling always comes in handy and some of our stalwart Stanford CBN children met to celebrate the holidays and listen to An African Mother Christmas by Gcina...
29 Oct 2017
On Saturday 28th October CBN continued with the theme of personal identity and home. Books discussed included stories of place and landscape as well as addressing the problem of communication and...
5 Oct 2017
These workshops extended over three days and were attended by between 26 children (first day) and 18 children (third day). Some children were away visiting relatives in E Cape during the school...
4 Oct 2017
OUR WORLD PROJECT History This project started on 24 September with an introduction to the ideas of place and person – who I am and where I live – and will continue until after the summer workshops....
28 Sep 2017
On Heritage weekend (23 September), CBN held the first of a series of workshops around the landscape and lives of children in the Overstrand region. They got off to a cracking start!
20 Jul 2017
On 3, 4 & 5 July CBN held a workshop with Enlighten Education Trust at their premises in Hermanus. We had a high attendance level with around 22 on the first day, 26 on the second day – and about...
27 Apr 2017
Our theme for the next three months will be Local Heroes and we got off to a heroic start on Saturday where we introduced the idea of reading heroes and the fact that – whatever kind of hero you want...
14 Apr 2017
Eggzactly as eggspected, 21 children arrived at the Butterfly Centre for a pre-holiday weekend workshop that promised fun stories, fun books … and also fun.
11 Apr 2017
We took an exceptionally well behaved group of children to Overberg Honey on 10th April, accompanied by community helper Akona and volunteer Anne Mckeag.
16 Feb 2017
Today – 16th February – is a big day in the reading calendar. It might not attract as much attention as the better publicized St Valentine’s Day, but it has more meaning for the many children around...
21 Dec 2016
Day Two and a different set of children – and expectations. We foregathered for games to let off steam and then separated for different activities. De Bron Primary School kindly provided the venue....
21 Dec 2016
We were delighted to be asked to be involved in an annual initiative to give children in Stanford something to do in the holidays.
14 Sep 2016
Ten librarians from five schools gathered on a Saturday 10 September at Groendal Primary in Franschhoek to listen with interest to a presentation – and then demonstration – of the new CBN toolboxes....
4 Aug 2016
CBN workshops encompass a rich mix of story, activity, books, art, books, drama, books, craft, books, puppets, books … whatever it takes. Here is a brief summary of what we have been working on since...
14 Jul 2016
The last workshop of the winter workshop season finished in hugs (handshakes went out long ago) and then hugs again as a dedicated group of CBN participants decided that they want a regular book club...
12 Jul 2016
For a change, this workshop report is from the children! Triza, Busiswa, Liko, Ouola and Mpokisen gave feedback on a fun (and funny) morning in Stanford at the Butterfly Centre.
11 Jul 2016
Twenty Grade Fours arrived bang on time with our CBN community helper at 10.00 this morning. The Butterfly Centre again hospitably allowed us to use their lovely premises.
8 Jul 2016
The winter school holidays saw the beginning of what we hope will be a long association with Enlighten at their beautiful premises in Hermanus. Perfectly positioned for the surrounding children,...
8 Jul 2016
Cold but sunny was a good forecast for children who need to let off steam before workshops and during lunch.
8 Jul 2016
The second day of CBN's Green, Green Theme workshop at Enlighten Education Trust in Hermanus had all children returning - plus a couple of extra additions.
8 Jul 2016
For the first (but certainly not the last) time CBN worked with Enlighten Trust in Hermanus to bring a workshop with a conservation theme to children from five local schools.
6 Jun 2016
Books and Stories were the theme – and CBN launched our toolbox of the same name at a lovely festival of story on a sunny winter Saturday in the beautiful main hall of the Centre for the Book.
1 Jun 2016
On Saturday 28 May a rather huge group of children wanted to join what turned out to be a successful morning for twelve signed up would-be workshoppers.
6 May 2016
On Saturday, 30 April, CBN held its second workshop in Stanford, entitled Cats.
6 May 2016
Excited children boarded the minibus on Friday, 29 April for a visit to Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary. The field trip marked the start to the Children’s Book Network new workshop entitled, Cats.
1 Apr 2016
A first workshop in a new area is always a little tense. Will the children come? Well, at the frst CBN workshop in Stanford, twenty children turned up at very short notice – and they came dressed to...
30 Mar 2016
We are pleased to present our annual report for a very exciting year of workshops and CBN activities. To see the full report, please go to:
27 Mar 2016
CBN has been working with books and music for years now. They go together like … well, like children and books should.
19 Feb 2016
On Saturday 13th February, 24 children (twenty-five including a baby on someone’s back!), and ten adults converged on Simon’s Town Library for a story carnival that lasted most of the day.
15 Dec 2015
In the last year Children’s Book Network have been connecting with theatre organisations in and around Cape Town. One such organisation is Jungle Theatre.