Book Dash believes that every child should own one hundred books by the age of five.
To that end, we gather creative professionals who volunteer to create new, African storybooks that anyone can freely translate, print and distribute. In this way, we have vastly reduced the costs involved in putting high-quality books in children’s hands and hearts.
Book Dash began in 2014 as a vision project among friends who wished to pool their collective skills in the publishing industry to flood the country with new, high-quality, affordable African picture books for all. Since then, we’ve created more than 100 books and distributed more than a million copies. We’ve also received multiple awards for our innovative approach and top quality open content.
“We are grateful to Book Dash for strengthening our programme objectives with their generous donation of books. Book Dash promotes literature in all South African Languages, and their mandate is to make sure that each child owns at least 100 books by the age of five.”The Seriti Institute
We are truly honoured to be recipients of the stunning BookDash books. We love the unique and valuable family-moments that have been created!
Rosemary de KockAcres of LOVE
“Book Dash is the only organisation we know who actually allow the children to own the books rather than donating to the creches. This is very important for the children as they see that the investment is in them directly, not just their creche.”Alison Zikala,
Green Sparks Education
“Shhhh! is at the perfect level for the little ones I see: There is a dog that barks, a phone that rings, a truck that brmmms, a ball that bounces! It’s helping me both with children learning language and increasing vocabulary, but also with my non-verbal AAC users (augmentative and alternative communicators) who are non verbal but are using pictures to communicate: I can match their own picture of a ball to the ball in the story…Excellent language stimulation opportunities all round!”Jamie Sareli,
Speech Therapist at Red Cross Cerebral Palsy Unit
“When I was trying to get a good source of reading I barely found any for a beginner…then I found your app. [Reading the books] not only improved her reading skills, but also her confidence and that’s when we thought we could share it with kids by reading aloud.”Ruth’s KidAdventure
Info for community-based organisations
Qualifying organisations can apply to become distribution partners of Book Dash books.
How we use our funds
Our funding partners, whether their funding is destined for operational expenses or for book-printing, comment with delight that they get more bang (or books) for their bucks because of our economical approach to the management of creating new books and printing at scale to reduce unit costs.
Donate to Book Dash
We’d like to put one million books in the hands of children by the end of 2020 and you can help us reach that goal!