Welcome to African Shell Books
This site has been produced specifically for Wycliffe Africa with the assistance of MissionAssist, who have been publishing Shell Books on the web for several years. Shell Books are "how to do it" booklets produced as computer files that can be printed off locally. The text can be lifted out and replaced in another language, whilst the pictures and all the formatting (the "shell") remain. The books can then be used as a resource by literacy workers who are teaching adults to read. The subject matter is generally much more interesting than a simple reading primer! The books can also be used by community development workers to teach new skills, to generate interest in new projects, or generally improve standards of living.
Members of MissionAssist, Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL worldwide have borrowed freely from each other to produce these books, and so there are a number of duplicated titles, and you are advised to check one against the other. (A complete index is available by going to "Download Books" in the main menu above and then clicking on "Full index of books" - or by clicking here.) Some will have been taken from a common source, but produced with variations in text; others may have the same title but one version will have been revised and updated; others may have different layouts and formatting, and yet others will be formatted to produce different sizes of finished book. Please note that books on this site that originated from "Wycliffe Associates (UK)" will almost certainly have an out-of-date address on the title page; the current address is shown at the foot of this page.
For further information about this site, please click on "Information" in the menu above. We hope that you find these books useful.