Storybooks Nigeria is designed specifically for educators and makes 40 stories from the African Storybook available in English and Nigerian Pidgin, as well as the major national, immigrant and refugee languages of Nigeria. With Storybooks Nigeria it is possible to read and listen to the same story in multiple languages. This can be done by inviting students to choose a bilingual version of the story that is being read in class, so that they will have access to the English/Nigerian Pidgin and home language version of the story. Similarly, the audio versions of the stories (in English or another language) can support beginning readers and language learners in making the connection between speech and text.
All 40 stories on the Storybooks Nigeria 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 Nigeria team to repurpose them for a Nigerian audience. We are very grateful to the African Storybook and Saide for making the stories freely available under an open license.
Storybooks Nigeria 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:
Prof. Ali A. Abdi, Arlene Avila, Maher Bahloul, Ajay Bhardwaj, Craig Carpenter, Benjamin Chau, Karla Maria Comanda, Alexandra Danahy, Ron Darvin, Anwar Mohamed Dirie, Alfredo Ferreira, Kelsey Gilker, Anu Gill, Marzieh Mohammadian Haghighi, Mehri Mohammadian Haghighi, Hélène, Michelle Joo Kim, Scarlet Kim, Vicky Liu, Maaouia Mabrouk, La Trinidad Mina, Mashael Muhanna, Matteo E. Mwita, Saeed Nazari, Priscilla Freitas de Oliveira, Yong Jong Park, Gurleen Parmar, Nasim Peikazadi, Ernesto Peña, Ingrid Schechter, Felipe Bañados Schwerter, Zhuo Sun, Victoria Surtees, Heba Tesheh, Hanadi Traifeh, Karina Vásquez, Abrar Wafa
We are particularly grateful to the Storybooks Canada project, which has created the modular website on which Storybooks Nigeria is based.