Bala Books wishes to publish more local reading-book content for children

Bala Books is a child-authored book publishing company that publishes children's books that are authored by children and youth of South Africa from the age of seven. Thanks to a recent partnership with Standard Bank, Bala Books delivers Book-Writing courses aimed at schooling the youth in the anthologies of authoring books, at the Standard Bank Incubator on Saturdays.

The young writers are paired with fully vetted Graduate mentors who specialise in a range of disciplines including linguistics; education; creative-writing and african literature to tutor them in the aspects of authoring children's books.

Parents can attend a one-day free book-writing workshop at the Standard Bank Incubator. These workshops are designed to give parents a practical demonstration of what their children can learn by signing on for the full six-week course on writing with Bala Books. The full six-week book-writing course comprises twelve modules at a cost of R350.00 per/module. Each child will walk away with a keepsake storybook of their work.

According to South African statistics, 75% of South African children's reading books are imported American and British-based books and only a mere 14% of the South African population are active book readers. Bala Books wishes to publish more local reading-book content for children and, authored by children.

Listen to the full interview below


This article first appeared on 702 : Bala Books wishes to publish more local reading-book content for children


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Award-winning entrepreneur develops portable Science kit for disadvantaged youth

Award-winning entrepreneur develops portable Science kit for disadvantaged youth

'I noticed that students from model C schools would perform experiments within an hour but disadvantaged students stayed longer.'

[LISTEN] local doctor creates online hospital for HIV/AID's related issues

[LISTEN] local doctor creates online hospital for HIV/AID's related issues

#NightTalk host Gugu speaks to medical doctor, Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl about how she uses social media as an online hospital.

South Africans Doing Great Things |  Zuko Mandlakazi

South Africans Doing Great Things | Zuko Mandlakazi

Entrepreneur Zuko Mandlakazi chats about his startup business which was influenced by his determination to make a change.

South Africans Doing Great Things |  Sunshine Shibambo

South Africans Doing Great Things | Sunshine Shibambo

Co-Founder of Cheri Yase Kasi, Sunshine Shibambo chats to Gugu about starting a new business after the downfall of her first one.

Up-close and personal with the First Lady, Thobeka Madiba Zuma

Up-close and personal with the First Lady, Thobeka Madiba Zuma

Nighttalk host Gugu Mhlungu sits with the First Lady for an in-depth conversation around being the spouse of a President.

South Africans Doing Great Things |  Mthabisi Ncube

South Africans Doing Great Things | Mthabisi Ncube

Wasanga Mehana talks to Mthabisi Ncube, a Pharmacy Manager at Khayelitsha Day Hospital & Business Relations Director at AugmentSA.

Popular articles
'This puts pressure on Jacob Zuma to vacate office earlier'

'This puts pressure on Jacob Zuma to vacate office earlier'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Daniel Silke, Political Economy Analyst at Political Futures Consultancy.

Judge Mlambo: Zuma's application amounts to abuse of judicial process

Judge Mlambo: Zuma's application amounts to abuse of judicial process

EWN Barry Bateman explains the High Court proceeding on President Zuma's application to set aside parts of Madonsela's report.

It's chicken for Joburgers and Durbanites, but what do Capetonians feast on?

It's chicken for Joburgers and Durbanites, but what do Capetonians feast on?

Stephen Grootes spoke to founder and CEO of OrderIn to find out more about South African's eating habits.

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Watch the Guptas pack their bags and run in Nando's inspiring new advertisement.

PSG Chair Jannie Mouton opens up (kind of) about Steinhoff

PSG Chair Jannie Mouton opens up (kind of) about Steinhoff

In 2012 Steinhoff acquired 20% of wealth manager PSG, reportedly infuriating Mouton. Bruce Whitfield interviews him.

[LISTEN] Caller challenges Eusebius on land disposition

[LISTEN] Caller challenges Eusebius on land disposition

‘I need you to provide me with an answer' - John from Edenvale, Gauteng