A hundred books by the age of five
At Book Dash our vision is that every child should own a hundred books by the age of five, before they enter school.
To that end, Book Dash gathers creative professionals who volunteer to create new, African storybooks that anyone can freely translate and distribute.
Research shows that owning books is a key factor in early development and academic success: more important than socio-economic status and equaled only by parents’ level of education.
By working together to increase book ownership among South African children, we could effectively disrupt a cycle of inequality for good. In addition to creating and publishing new books, we source the funding to print hundreds and thousands of copies to give freely to children through partner organisations.
Become a distribution partner
If you represent a social-impact organisation that works directly with children, you may qualify to get free or subsidised books from Book Dash.
Help us give books to as many children as possible
Grants and donations allow us to do our best work: create, print and distribute books. Join our family of donors and creative contributors as we get more and more children reading!
“Having books of their own at home makes children proud and encourages them to read more. The Book Dash books provided wonderful stories that children can read and understand in their own time, which helps make reading more accessible. We love this project and how happy it makes children to own their own books.”Thanda Afterschool Project
“I decided to give this story to the world for free. I have received so much from everybody. This is my little payback.”Sindiwe Magona,
Book Dash Writer
“Visits to partners who received the Book Dash books last year are showing real evidence of progress as they deepen their literacy work and, of course, youngsters’ ownership of books.”Cecily Salmon,
The Solon Foundation
“My daughter is enjoying all the Sesotho versions of these stories, especially because she has already read them in English! Thank you Book Dash and all the phenomenal storytellers.”Kgauhelo Dube,
Book Dash Reader
“The OT department used the books to teach and engage. The books didn’t add work to their day, but energized and encouraged the patients to participate in the session. Children who visited the hospital love the opportunity to receive their very own book!”Bethesda Hospital
“Knowing that there is an African child out there who is both learning to read and appreciate themselves for who they are, is the biggest achievement of my career and I am humbled and honoured to be a part of it. ”Ndumiso Nyoni,
Book Dash Illustrator
“The teams were a diverse bunch of talented individuals and we were all impressed by the tight ship you run! It was a really excellent partnership and I was delighted to see the vision in action, and the best part? Nine new books in the world, available for free.”Zephne Ladbrook,
The Otto Foundation Trust
“Getting beautiful, relevant and accessible books into the hands of children is a sure-fire way of creating readers for many years to come. Book Dash offers an innovative solution to growing generations of book-lovers, wordsmiths and creative thinkers.”Mignon Hardie,
FunDza Literacy Trust
Teams work fast to make free African picturebooks in just one day. Read them online 🖥 on the app 📲 or apply for a donation! 📚 #bookdash