Lory and Dory 5 minute story short bedtime stories for kids

Lory Dory was born invisible. No one understands that she is real. Until, one day, she finds a way to show them who she is.

Book Dash

Created at Book Dash Johannesburg on 27 July 2015 by Sonia Dearling (illustrator), Brendon O’Neill (writer) and Arthur Attwell (designer).

Lory Dory short bedtime stories collection

Why Book Dash?

Book Dash gathers creative volunteers to create new African storybooks that anyone can freely print, translate and distribute.

Children in South Africa need more short bedtime stories like Lory and Dory, but they cost too much purchased from publishers. The cheapest books have no publisher – then the only cost is printing. So our participants do the work of publishers in a single day. After that, anyone can get print runs sponsored and put finished books into the hands of children.

Book Dash believe every child should own a hundred books by the age of five. In South Africa, that means giving 600 million free books to children who could never afford to buy them. Every day we lose, more children grow up unable to read and write well, and to enjoy the worlds that books open up.