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A new children’s book has been made available for free to the public to help teach children about the virus, and it comes with a catchy song.


South Africa (21 April 2020) – Read to Rise, is a literacy non-government organisation that promotes youth literacy in under-resourced communities in South Africa. To date, Read to Rise has conducted over 3,600 class programmes and given out over 200,000 new storybooks.

The NGO recently released a new (free) book to help teach children about the virus. They have a series about Oaky. Oaky and the Virus is the 7th book in the series and was written by award-winning South African poet and social philosopher Athol Williams and illustrated by Taryn Lock.

“Oaky and the Virus is an educational story about acorns Oaky and Oaket who learn how to avoid the virus when it comes to their town. There is a fun song which Oaky and Oaket sing while washing their hands.

This book is dedicated to all healthcare and emergency workers working to fight the coronavirus.”

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the book is free to download. Please visit to download.

Read to Rise is currently raising funds for Care Packs for 20,000 children in Mitchells Plain and Soweto in South Africa. Each Care Pack will include a cloth mask, bar of soap, Oaky and the Virus book, activity book, juice and packet of crisps. Sponsor a child for R100.

You can donate to support the care pack initiative here.

Sources: Oaky – Read to Rise
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