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Oaky and the Virus

Updated: Apr 19, 2020

We have launched our 7th Oaky book in the Oaky Series - Oaky and the Virus - 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.

The husband and wife team are co-founders of literacy NGO Read to Rise 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 story books.

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. Donate here:

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