Around the world, millions of people live in a world with few books, or even no books at all. They cannot afford to buy books at home and in schools pupils must share just a few old textbooks. Libraries often offer the best opportunity for people to read, but even libraries often have just a few out of date books. This lack of books leaves children less able to succeed in school, prevents adults from learning throughout their lives and denies people the simple joy of reading.
Book Aid International believes that everyone should have access to books that will enrich, improve and change their lives. Every year, the charity sends around one million brand new books a year to libraries, schools, universities, hospitals, refugee camps and prisons where people would otherwise have few opportunities to access books and read. All of the books the charity sends are brand new and carefully selected to meet each community’s needs.
In an average year, the charity sends around one million books to thousands of libraries which are read by an estimated 25 million people.
Book Aid International and World Book Day
Every year, thousands of children across the UK donate £1 to Book Aid International and use the charity’s fantastic costume guides to dress up as their favourite book character. Many schools also run all kids of fundraising events – from bake sales to crazy class story books!
In 2017, schools and pupils across the UK raised over £140,000 – that’s enough to send 70,000 books to the people who need them! This year, you can help Book Aid International do even more by fundraising in your school. It costs just £2 to send a book, so every penny you raise really can change lives.
Learn more by visiting bookaid.org/world-book-day