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Vula Bula Graded Readers


Molteno’s Vula Bula is endorsed by both the DBE and the NECT as South Africa’s leading Foundation Phase graded reading series. With its adherence to the unique respective phonic features of each African language orthography, each series offer a carefully structured sequence of authentic decodable texts for Grade 1 and Grade 2 learners to master foundational reading skills and strategies in their home language. The Grade 3 series build on these skills and ensure comprehension through more complex texts and CAPS-aligned after reading questions, language and writing activities. The stories are beautifully illustrated by local artists, and are contextualised to the young reader’s inner world and life experiences.

The Vula Bula graded readers are available in all nine official African languages, namely isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, Sepedi, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenḓa and Xitsonga. They are available as separate A5 booklets, or in the form of anthologies. They are recommended for use during group guided reading, paired and independent reading, and for reading practice at home. All readers can be accessed on the zero-rated website