Hello! Thank you for visiting Big Bug Books (BB Books).

Big Bug Books is a graded educational reading and life-skills series for children, ages 5-12 years, featuring the characters KIERIE & KRIEKIE®. The following languages are supported:
Afrikaans, Chichewa, English, Hausa, Igbo, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Luganda, Luo, Shona and Yoruba.
Paula Raubenheimer, an occupational therapist wrote and illustrated the readers and Dr. Hannie Menkveld, a foundation/elementary phase educator wrote the teacher manuals. This is a small publishing business. We don’t have an accounts- or graphic department or legal guys…if you phone just ask for Paula.

The books are graded from
visual literacy (no words) to fluency
There are 4 colour-coded levels in the set:
-blue -yellow -orange -red.
Each book is colour coded and numbered. The two characters,
Kierie & Kriekie®
 are anthropomorphic and appear throughout the series thus promoting continuity. 

Teacher manuals (available in English and Afrikaans only)cover:

  • language skills
  • comprehension skills
  • perceptual skills
  • life skills
  • drama techniques 
  • art techniques

Additional FREE word cards, letter cards, work sheets and answer sheets form part of the whole package and should be used in conjunction with the readers and teacher manuals. You will find these worksheets in the toolbar at the top.

Typical Q & A:

How can I purchase printed material?

Bargain Books stocks the last of our readers. I have a few sets left but basically we have closed the chapter on printing.

The following titles are in some Bargain Bookstores:

Roomys, Waar is ons?, Li, la, pi, pa, 1, 2, 3, A is vir?, Sit, Pote, sit! (Level 0): Wie is ons?, Die dokter, Die vis, Op die dak, Die ongeluk, Die haas en die hok (level 1): Die boks, Kyk Kierie, kyk!, Die melktert, Kriekie, Die bullebak, Die pienk paddatjie (level 2): Die beursie, Die pofadder, Op die bus, Oupa gaan hospitaal toe, Ons gaan kamp, Mamma Aarde (level 3).

Once all printed books are sold we will NOT be printing anymore books. This is because distribution is very costly. Only ebooks will be available.

What about reading on electronic devices?

All material is available on the Amazon and Snapplify stores!

All the material can be purchased on Amazon for your Kindle and all others devices. Simply download the Kindle app on your device and purchase the material through Amazon. Dowload the free Kindle for PC app (or Kindle for Mac) from 

Here is the link:

If you want the English and/or Afrikaans teacher manuals, here is the link:

For teachers in South Africa who want to pay in Rands and possibly make large purchases for reading on iOs and Android tablets, go to the Snapplify store and contact them for bulk purchases. Here is the link:

Can I read the books for free on my cell/mobile phone?

YES! The books can be read on the Worldreader mobile app for free. Worldreader has mobile apps that allow you to read lots of material on your feature and/or smart phone for free. Download the biNu app on your feature phone. You will see the Worldreader app within the biNu app. Look under children/education to find Kierie & Kriekie. If you have a smart phone, on Opera you will also find the Kierie & Kriekie books as well as a large library of free books. Here is the link

To find out more visit Worldreader.

If you are looking for the legal documents on the trademarking of Kierie & Kriekie please go to credentials in the toolbar above.

Can I donate money towards all the free material available on open source?

Yes, that would be wonderful! Thank You!

Banking Details:

P M Raubenheimer Standard Bank

Cheque account number 072338768

Branch number 033012

…and what if I like social media?

you can hook up on Twitter  (#booksforall, #literacy, #reading) and LinkedIn:

Happy reading. Take care.