About Us


The Vula Bula African language graded reading series offer carefully structured graded texts for early, emergent and fluent readers in the form of beautifully illustrated stories, contextualised to the young reader’s inner world and life experiences. The books are short and simple, and contain predictable text to facilitate and encourage reading for enjoyment. Simple sentence structures and familiar vocabulary enable rapid reading progress. Clear and detailed illustrations help understanding.

Literacy resources such as alphabet friezes, vocabulary posters and sight word lists are available in all nine official South African languages. The Level 1 reading series is currently available in all South Africa’s indigenous languages except Siswati, namely isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, Sepedi, Setswana, Tshivenḓa and Xitsonga. The Level 3 reading series is currently available in seven of South Africa’s indigenous languages, namely isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Setswana, Sesotho, Xitsonga and Tshivenḓa. The Vula Bula methodological approach takes cognisance of the agglutinative and, where applicable, conjunctive nature of each African language so that the texts are based on the specific orthographical building blocks of each language.