Hello! Thank you for visiting Big Bug Books (BB Books). All material available on this site is open source.

Big Bug Books is a graded educational reading and life-skills series for children, ages 5-12 years, featuring the characters KIERIE & KRIEKIE. The following languages are supported:
Afrikaans, Chichewa, English, Hausa, Igbo, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Luganda, Luo, Shona and Yoruba.
Paula Raubenheimer, an occupational therapist wrote and illustrated the readers and Dr. Hannie Menkveld, a foundation/elementary phase educator wrote the teacher manuals. 

The books are graded from
visual literacy (no words) to fluency
There are 4 colour-coded levels in the set:
-blue -yellow -orange -red.
Each book is colour coded and numbered. The two characters,
Kierie & Kriekie
 are anthropomorphic and appear throughout the series thus promoting continuity. 

Teacher manuals (available in English and Afrikaans only) cover:

  • language skills
  • comprehension skills
  • perceptual skills
  • life skills
  • drama techniques 
  • art techniques

Additional FREE word cards, letter cards, work sheets and answer sheets (Afrikaans and English only) form part of the whole package and should be used in conjunction with the readers and teacher manuals. You will find these worksheets in the toolbar at the top.

Typical Q & A:

How can I purchase printed material?

We don’t print material anymore. Material is only available in electronic format.

How does reading on electronic devices work?

All the material can be purchased on Amazon for your Kindle and all others devices. Simply download the Kindle app on your device and purchase the material through Amazon. Download the free Kindle for PC app (or Kindle for Mac) from 

Here is the link:

If you want the English and/or Afrikaans teacher manuals, here is the link:

Can I read the books for free on my mobile phone?

YES! The books can be read on the Worldreader mobile app for free. Worldreader has a mobile app in Opera Mini (a browser that compresses data) that allows you to read lots of material for free. Choose your preferred language then under ‘Learn to Read’ find the Kierie & Kriekie material. Here is the link

To find out more, visit Worldreader.

…and what if I like social media?

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Happy reading. Take care.