Hello! Thank you for visiting Big Bug Books (BB Books). All supporting material available on this site is for free. Books can be purchased on Amazon.

Big Bug Books is a graded educational reading and life-skills series for children, ages 5-12 years, featuring the characters KIERIE & KRIEKIE. It has been designed to teach reading with meaning.

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 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 and supporting material (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) are available on this site and 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 books?

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

Where can I purchase these books?

All the books and teacher manuals 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 to the books:

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

Happy learning to read!