Storybooks Deutschland is a website for teachers and parents that aims to promote bilingualism and multilingualism in Germany. It makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available in the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Germany, in addition to the official language of German. A story that is read in German at school can be read in the mother tongue by parents and children at home. In this way, Storybooks Germany helps children to maintain the mother tongue in both oral and print form, while learning Germany’s official language. Similarly, the audio versions of the stories can help beginning readers and language learners make the important connection between speech and text.
All 40 stories on the Storybooks Deutschland website come from the African Storybook – a groundbreaking digital initiative of the South African organization Saide, which promotes literacy for African children. The African Storybook has over 700 stories in multiple African languages, as well as English, French, and Portuguese. The stories are openly licensed, which allows the Storybooks Deutschland team to repurpose them for a Germanyn audience. We are very grateful to the African Storybook and Saide for making the stories freely available under an open license.
Storybooks Deutschland has only been possible with the help of a large number of people, including translators, readers, proofreaders, and others who have been part of the process of making these stories available. We sincerely thank the following people for their time and effort:
Dr. Ali A. Abdi, Shahid Abrar-ul-Hassan, Asma Afreen, Sam Andema, Arlene Avila, Maher Bahloul, Ajay Bhardwaj, Craig Carpenter, Benjamin Chau, Karla Maria Comanda, Alexandra Danahy, Ron Darvin, Anwar Mohamed Dirie, Ryley Dye-Hogan, Nahide Büşra Ertekin, Alfredo Ferreira, Kelsey Gilker, Anu Gill, Dawit Girma, Mezemir Girma, Marzieh Mohammadian Haghighi, Mehri Mohammadian Haghighi, Hélène, Joash Johannes, Michelle Joo Kim, Scarlet Kim, Zoe Lam, Vicky Liu, Maaouia Mabrouk, Aleksandra Migorska, La Trinidad Mina, Mashael Muhanna, Matteo E. Mwita, Saeed Nazari, Tomoyo Okuda, Priscilla Freitas de Oliveira, Yong Jong Park, Gurleen Parmar, Victor Pedrero, Nasim Peikazadi, Ernesto Peña, Laura Pighini, Mari Pighini, Sonia Pighini, Samrina Sana, Ingrid Schechter, Felipe Bañados Schwerter, Tanvi Sirari, Zhuo Sun, Victoria Surtees, Heba Tesheh, Hanadi Traifeh, Jenny Tran, Nana Trang, Áurea Vericat, Ania Voznaia, Karina Vásquez, Abrar Wafa, Anna Westpfahl, Tamami Yoshimoto
We are particularly grateful to the Storybooks Canada project, which has created the modular website on which Storybooks Deutschland is based.