General

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.

How can I purchase printed material?

The following titles are in print and available at your local Bargain Books as well as Takealot:

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 be publishing ONLY digital material!

What about reading on electronic devices?

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 Amazon.com. 

Here is the link: 

http://www.amazon.com/Paula-Raubenheimer/e/B00J0KK3AI

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

http://www.amazon.com/Dr.-Hannie-Menkveld/e/B00J1ALDP6

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: store.snapplify.com.

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 phone. You will see the Worldreader app within the biNu app. Look under children/education to find Kierie & Kriekie. On Opera you will also find a large library of free books. Here is the link http://read.worldreader.org/

To find out more visit Worldreader.

http://booksforall.org/stw

If you are looking for the legal documents to Big Bug Books please go to credentials in the toolbar above.

…and what if I like social media?

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

https://twitter.com/bigbugbookscc

https://www.linkedin.com/company/big-bug-books

Happy reading. Take care.