E-Book Primary Readers

  • Background
  • Dzongkha E-Books
  • English E-Books

As the COVID-19 situation deteriorates around the world, many countries have already closed schools and institutions to help control the spread of the virus.  In Bhutan, all schools and educational centers are closed indefinitely for the time being.  The Bhutan Foundation is pleased to launch three free e-books in both Dzongkha and English with the hope that our children at home will enjoy reading these stories during their free time.

These primary readers were developed and distributed for free as reading materials for school children in the highland communities of the snow leopard range areas in Bhutan. Developed in partnership with the Royal Educational Council, The Bhutan Foundation aims to raise awareness on the importance of the snow leopard and its conservation in the region. The stories and illustrations were created by Bhutanese teachers and artists.

About the books

Who Am I?

Who Am I? provides information on the status, habitat, and physical features of the snow leopard. The book describes the functions of the snow leopard’s body parts and information on its primary food sources to help young children gain basic knowledge on snow leopard ecology.

Snow Leopard and Norbu the Cat

Snow Leopard and Norbu the Cat is a fictional story aimed mainly to educate primary school children on the snow leopard’s habitat, food, and its role in keeping its ecosystem vibrant and healthy. The well-illustrated book hopes to attract young readers to enjoy the unique story, to compare the lives of a wild animal and a domestic one, and to develop an appreciation for their own homes through the friendship between the two.

Ap Nado’s Calf

The snow leopard is one of the most elusive cat species found in the high mountains of Asia. They prey on wild animals and occasionally on livestock, which increases the chances of retaliatory killing of snow leopard by herders. The reader, Ap Nado’s Calf, aims to explain the importance of co-existence in nature to have a balanced alpine ecosystem. It explains how such a rare predator is able to check the population of its prey which would otherwise compete with livestock for pastures.