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.
“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
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!