As you’ve probably heard us shouting from the rooftops, Book Dash believes “every child should own a hundred books by the age of five”. It’s a grand vision that we’ll reach through collaboration and systemic change in how we make and distribute books to young children. We’re grateful to you for the role you’ve played in helping us get there.
By the end of February, we will have succeeded in getting 3 million copies of Book Dash books to more than 170+ partner organisations who use them to support their literacy programmes in the ECD and healthcare sectors. Importantly, they give these books to children and families to own to enhance the home literacy environment and give families access to the storybooks necessary for improved family literacy practices. This “3 million milestone” comes shortly after we celebrated our first million books to children, in December 2020. We’re proud to be scaling wider and forming new key partnerships to support that growth.
In addition to the distribution of physical books that we manage, there are 100+ local and global Book Dash content partners re-using and re-sharing our books with children, practitioners and caregivers. They use them in their curriculums, translate them into local languages and distribute them in print and digital formats. Enabled by the Creative Commons licence and the quality of our books, the reach of the books is exponential.
The contribution to literacy of this South African-born publishing innovation is staggering. In the next two months, we have some incredible opportunities to show what we do with the world:
- We’ve been selected as a finalist in the CSI Legacy Awards
Book Dash’s work was selected as a finalist in the category for “Best Rising NGO” in the CSI Legacy Awards, hosted by CSR News. The winner will be announced on 2 March in Pretoria. Book Dash’s creativity, bold vision and growth in reach was noted in the shortlisting process. Our newest Board members, Jabulile Nosi (FNB) and Boitumelo Khunou (ClassAct) will represent Book Dash at the event, and if you’ll be there please go say hello to them! Tickets are available here if you’re interested in attending the awards ceremony.
2. We’ve been invited by the 2023 Bologna Children’s Book Fair to show off our world-first publishing model
Did you know that all Book Dash books are created by volunteer creative professionals and in just 12-hours? This is the magic that is Book Dash and is the founding innovation that allows us to donate beautiful, relevant books in abundance to children to own.
On the 6th and 7th March, we’ll be showing this unique approach to the world at the 60th edition of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy. Two teams of African writers, illustrators and designers will work to create brand new picturebooks at the world’s pre-eminent children’s book fair. We’re planning to leave them in awe!
We also have a spot on the official programme to share the books with the audience and discuss the unique creative process. Julia will also appear on the panel discussion of the Global Network for Early Year’s Bookgifting; she’s a member of the Working Group.
3. We’re presenting at the World Literacy Summit in April and we’re shortlisted for a World Literacy Award
Book Dash’s model for creating high-quality, relevant children’s books very quickly and cost-effectively is a world first and has implications for the global literacy sector, but that’s not where our contribution ends. All the books made by our creative superheroes are licensed under a Creative Commons licence and they’re used by over 100 organisations worldwide to support literacy development and increase impact. This is what we’ll be sharing with the delegates at the 2023 World Literacy Summit in Oxford. Not only that, but we’ve also heard that Book Dash has been shortlisted for the award for Contribution to Literacy by an Organisation
Of course, while we’re busy telling the world about what we do, we’ll also continue to onboard new partners, and get beautiful, relevant books to children and families to own.
Work with us! Buy and/or donate to support Book Dash’s work
If your organisation could use books to bolster your work, we’re currently having a sale of our books (information and order form here).
If you or your organisation would like to support Book Dash’s ongoing work and increasing impact through funds or a strategic partnership, you can let us know by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org to kickstart the conversation, or simply donating here. We’re fully registered, S18a-compliant and a Level 1 B-BBEEE organisation. Any financial contributions are greatly appreciated and directly enable us to get more children owning books.