VRC Bookshelf

We are currently featuring seven books for the Classroom to Classroom Reading Project through the Village Reading Corner. All of these books can be purchased for 5 Dollars USD as part of the “get a book, give a book” project.

NTC extends a warm thank you to Mkuki Na Nyota Publishers in Dar-Es-Salaam for providing books at a discounted rate and helping us to spread a love to reading around the world! Asante Sana! Thank You!


The Story of Katope- Hadithi ya Katope as narrated by Walter Bgoya.The character Katope is created from dark brown earth by an old couple who has no children. But Katope must never be caught in the rain. Read how he avoids rain and what happens when he is too late to escape.
chameleon The Chameleon Who Could Not Change Her Color – Kinyonga Mdogo Ambaye Hakuweza Kubadili Rangi Yake by Walter Bgoya.Mother and Father Chameleon give birth to forty baby chameleons. But one cannot change her color as all the others can! While she is ostracized by her family at first, it is the chameleon who cannot change her color that ends up saving her family in the end.
books_03 The Mountain that Loved a Bird by Alice McLerran.This book is not available for classroom exchanges as it has not yet been translated into Kiswahili.

A gentle, loving tale of friendship, devotion and hope. A desolate stone mountain lives alone in the middle of a desert: nothing grows or lives on it. When Joy, a small bird, stops to rest on one of the mountain’s ledges, the mountain is overwhelmed by the softness of the bird’s body and begs her to stay. Explaining that the mountain can provide neither food nor drink, she flies on, but promises to return each spring for a few hours. Knowing that mountains live forever and birds do not, she also promises to name a daughter Joy, who in turn will name a daughter Joy and so on, so that the mountain will always have a friend.

AfricanBooksCollective The Pond That Lies in My Village – by Sauda S. Kilumanga This book is not available for classroom exchanges as it has not yet been translated into Kiswahili.

A gem of a story told in rhyming verse, using repetitions to construct lengthening stanzas around a single idea. It is ideal for developing children’s reading skills or reading out-loud and the story is firmly rooted in a rural African setting

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The Mystery Door – Lango la Ajabu by Deogratias M. SimbaAn old mtemi (king) realizes that he has become too old to lead his people. One of his two songs, with contrasting behaviors, has to succeed the throne. The successor has to pass a test imposed by customs and traditions of the Wabende People. It is a struggle that has to be won. Who will come up a winner? Read on…
story_crow_and_frog The Story of the Crow and the Frog- Hadithi ya Kunguru na Chura by Walter BgoyaEveryone knows a crow is faster than a frog. Find out how the frog outsmarted the crow and won the race!
cover_mini The Story of the Crow and the Crab- Hadithi ya Kunguru na Kaa by Walter BgoyaThe crab got out of its hole on the sandy beach, as it does every day. Only today, he is met by a crow and must avoid being snatched for dinner.