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Our book-creation events – or Book Dashes – are the heart of what we do. At each one, we gather fifty creative professionals who work, as volunteers, for twelve hours to create new children’s storybooks. Everything they create is a gift to the world. Read our Book Dash Manual, to host your own event.

We also work with early-childhood and literacy organisations to give away free books, which have been printed with funding from donors and sponsors. At giveaway events, we get to meet some of the children who’ll be reading our books.

And our volunteers, sponsors, partners, and the children we make books for often give us occasion to to celebrate together.

Get books to children this Mandela Day!

Forgot to plan something epic for Mandela Day? Need something impressive and meaningful to tell your friends? Book Dash has you covered! Every R10 donation we receive between the 17th and 19th July, will become a beautiful, new book that we’ll give directly to a child. So whether it’s R67, R6700 or anything in between, donate whatever you can today, knowing that every cent will mean more books directly into the hands of children!

Read the books we’ll donate, here: bookdash.org/see/books

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Book Dash Cape Town, 14 April 2018

On Saturday, 14th April,  40+ volunteer professionals gathered at the Sunflower Learning Centre at Zonnebloem Primary School to create eight beautiful, new African storybooks in just 12 hours, to address the lack of access to culturally relevant books for young children in Africa.

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Book Dash Cape Town, 2 December 2017

On the 2nd of December 2017, 50+ creatives came together to address the issue of poor access to culturally relevant books for young children in Africa. Twelve teams of three each work collaboratively to create a brand new storybook in just 12 hours.

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Collaborative Print Run, 2017

In line with our vision that every child should own a hundred books by the age of five, we spend a lot of time thinking about how we can reach more children. We believe that large, collaborative print runs are the answer. Find out more about how we did on our first attempt!

Book Dash Cape Town, 19 November 2016

On the 19th of November, Book Dash alumni from across South Africa came to Cape Town. Their mission? Work together to create more, beautiful African storybooks in just 12 hours.

 

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Book Dash Jozi: 25 February 2017

This event took place at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg on Saturday, the 25th of February 2017. It was sponsored by the wonderful people at Worldreader.

The Goethe Institut generously made it possible for six writers and six illustrators from different African countries to participate in this special event.

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Book Dash Grahamstown: 12 November 2016

Eastern Cape, you asked and we answered: with Book Dash Grahamstown on Saturday the 12th November!

A huge thank you to the National English Literary Museum in Grahamstown for hosting us, and The Solon Foundation for making yet another Book Dash possible!

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Book Dash Cape Town, 5 March 2016

On Saturday 5 March, teams of professional writers, illustrators and designers gathered at Cape Town’s Centre for the Book to create beautiful children’s books in just twelve hours.

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Book Dash Durban, 7 November 2015

Book Dash teamed up with the wonderful Solon Foundation to bring Book Dash to Durban! On Saturday 7 November, teams of professional writers, illustrators and designers joined us to create beautiful children’s books at St Mary’s DSG in Kloof.

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New storybooks for thousands of children

Graca in the library

Press release, Cape Town, 14 May 2015

On 27 May, children’s centres across the Helderberg, Grabouw and the Cape’s Winelands will begin receiving free children’s books.

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Book Dash Jozi, 27 June 2015

Book Dash JoziWe teamed up with the lovely folk at African Storybook to bring Book Dash to Jozi on 27 June 2015. Teams worked together to create new children’s books in just twelve hours.

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Book Dash at The Book Lounge, 11 December 2014

We’ve already raised R50 000 – yay! That means we can print and give away 2000 books to kids in need. But with your help we can do more!

The bigger the print-run, the cheaper each book is and the more we can print.

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Book Dash at The Creamery, 13 November 2014

There’s no better combination for summer fun than books and ice-cream! We kicked off our 15 000 Books to Kids campaign with a launch event at The Creamery’s Salt River Cafe. Much fun was had by all, with funds of R4900.00 raised in total on the day.

Book Dash Cape Town, 30 August 2014

Our third Book Dash was Women’s Day themed, and organised in collaboration with Rock Girl and the African Storybook Project. Each team wrote a biography of an inspiring African woman.

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Mandela Day Handout, 18 July 2014

Book Dashers congregated at Jireh ECD Centre in Mitchell’s plain to hand out 750 Book Dash books to children. Each child got to take home three beautiful Book Dash books.

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Book Dash Cape Town, 28 June 2014

Our second Book Dash saw ten teams working for 12 hours at Cape Town Central Library. The space buzzed with creative energy as each team created a story from scratch.

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Book Dash Cape Town, 10 May 2014

This was our very first Book Dash. Just two teams working for six hours at the Paperight/Electric Book Works offices. We learned a lot about how future Book Dashes might work.

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