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Write, illustrate, design? Join a team. Make a book. Change the world.

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

The next Book Dash will be held in Grahamstown on the 12th November 2016. Applications are still open, see more details here.

Why Book Dash?

Children in South Africa need more books, 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.

We 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.

Children at Jireh Community Centre getting Book Dash Books on Mandela Day, 18 July 2014, sponsored by Electric Book Works
Children at Jireh Community Centre getting Book Dash Books on Mandela Day, 18 July 2014, sponsored by Electric Book Works