Making children’s books in South African Languages more discoverable!

Puku is the most trusted and authoritative source of information on South African children’s books, but it falls short of being a structured and organized system for selecting, reviewing and sharing accurate data on children’s books in all South African languages, especially indigenous languages.

Puku aims to ensure that all children have access to quality, culturally relevant literature in all South African languages. One of Puku’s primary vehicles for promoting this, is the creation of an engaging and innovative digital encyclopedia that houses and reviews literature and bodies of work for what will be South Africa’s first comprehensive database of children’s literature (Pukupedia) and which promotes the buying and reading of books that affirm the African child.

As a foundational step to the Pukupedia, a metadata capturing portal will be developed in order to aggregate information on children’s book written in South African languages.

The ONIX portal will make  it easier to source, select and buy locally produced children’s books.  In collaboration with already secured key partners, specifically Rhodes University Education Department for content creation and the University of South Africa for library information systems, Puku will lead the upskilling of a new corps of expertise to provide content for the new portal. The new portal will turbo-boost our collaborative catalogue project to produce catalogue of children’s books in all our languages!

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Puku Children’s Literature Foundation

Hugh Masekela Foundation

136 Barry Hertzog Avenue

Greenside, Randburg, 2193

Office phone: +27 67 178 1321