Free storybooks on Tutorsoma to instil reading culture from an early age

Instilling the love for reading for children at an early age, is essential for lifelong learning. NABU, an award-winning literacy organisation, has developed a library of hundreds of children's books that aim to spur creativity and lay the foundation for a love of reading for Kenyan children. Children who have access to easy and engaging content do more reading and NABU’s goal is to provide them with a fully-stocked digital library that features different levels and genres of books.

The library is available for free through a low bandwidth mobile app (NABU: Multilingual Kids books) on both Google Playstore and the iOS app store, features a Kiswahili collection with books written by Kenyan authors and illustrated regionally. Select books are also available on the Tutorsoma platform for free to provide much-needed access to reading materials for children at a young age.

Leisure reading has proven to positively impact a child’s academic achievement as it boosts their vocabulary, general knowledge and their reading ability. “Through our research, we have found that just 15 minutes of reading daily will help a child develop a healthy reading habit which is a strong predictor for high school graduation and future success”, said Amos Furaha, Director Global User Engagement at NABU. “In addition, parents who spend time reading with their children form strong bonds which are key for a child’s development,” he added.

The ability to read leads to an increase in self-confidence and imagination that helps children gain a wealth of knowledge. Reading is a critical foundation for developing logical thinking and problem-solving skills. But for children to engage in leisure reading, you must allow them to choose what they want to read in order to develop a positive attitude towards reading. Jointly creating a reading routine and providing a conducive space for children to read, makes the experience more enjoyable.

When children find reading enjoyable and fun they are more likely to spend more time reading and gain the benefits of leisure reading. To unlock the joy of reading, access a select number of NABU books on the Tutorsoma platform and hundreds of others on the free to access NABU mobile app available on both android and iOS.

Currently Available Storybooks on Tutorsoma:

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