25/05/2020. Today is Africa Day! This annual event (which celebrates the anniversary of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity) inspires us all to consider the importance of African cultures at home and throughout the diaspora, to recognise how far many African nations have come since achieving independence and to consider the ground that still needs covering. Of course, language and education play a huge part in any such development.

Priddy Books, as you may know, is a leading publisher of innovative and delightful books for babies and young children. Their books primarily focus on providing bright, friendly early learning experiences for the littlest in your family, and they are available in a variety of languages —some of which we have at Bargain Books. Here are some African-language Priddy Books that you can find in our stores.


First Farm Words

Discover farm animals and objects through photographs and colourful designs with this fantastic board book. There’s loads to learn and talk about within, and the book itself is padded to suit little hands and is also sturdy enough to last through several years and many, many uses.

Available in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa

Book covers looks the same in all languages, so it’s easy to tell which is which.



First 100 Animals

Over 100 vivid words and images perfect for introducing baby to the wonderful world of animals. An ideal early vocab-booster and a great way to encourage the little ones to get out there and start identifying the animals around them. As with the title above, this one is also sturdy and padded.

Available in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa




First 100 Words

The perfect vocabulary starter, this padded board book is the ideal first step into the world of words. Organised into topics including food, clothes, things that go and more, the bold, colourful pages will hold your child’s attention, and the easy-to-read labels form the basis of word and picture association.

Available in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa




First 100 Numbers

An essential introduction to number recognition and counting skills, this one has all the bold, simple graphics your baby will need to get started with numbers. It’s the perfect companion to First 100 Words and is just as durable and little-hand-friendly as the others in this series.

Available in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa




Other African Children’s Books

Our branches offer a variety of other children’s books in African languages that cover everything from early-learning to translated fairy tales, from traditional African folk stories to well known-favourites. Stocks do vary from time to time, so be sure to email or phone your nearest branch to find out what is available or, better yet, simply make sure you ask one of our booksellers on your next visit.