Book Dash

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.

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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.

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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!

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