From Decorland

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.

The books they created together are their gift to the world, and can be freely printed and distributed by anyone. Read this account of the day by volunteer Helen Moffett, listen below to the documentary of the day produced by Nancy Richards or view the gorgeous photos from the day, taken by the talented Marilet of The Lion and the Lady photography.

See the books

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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. The give-away project, funded by home-fittings company Decorland, is a partnership of Book Dash, Masikhule, and several organisations working with underprivileged children. It will provide 5000 books in Xhosa, Afrikaans and English, developed by some of Cape Town’s leading creatives, to Early Childhood Development centres and primary schools. Read more


These great organisations have helped Book Dash by sponsoring events, print runs and other costs with their energy, money, products and other resources.

The Solon Foundation

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust


The Goethe Institute

Lauren Beukes

Nandos Art Fund

Cape Town Central Library

The African Storybook Project

SHINE Literacy Trust



Leopard’s Leap

Minuteman Press: Hyde Park

RSA Litho

Prevention Research for Community, Family and Child Health

Rock Girl


Electric Book Works

Resolution Colour



Green Home

World Design Capital 2014