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World Book Day has something for everyone

Whether you’re all grown up, at school or even still a toddler, there’s a way for everyone to show their support for World Book Day and Book Aid International.

For adults

If you have a book group, or just enjoy discussing books with friends, Meet Talk Give is for you. It’s as simple as getting everyone together to talk about your chosen book, and taking a small donation to recognise World Book Day. Just £2 is enough to pay for a book to get to Africa, and it makes a huge difference. Libraries can also take part in Meet Talk Give. Just follow our easy advice and instructions.

Alternatively you could just pick up one of the 10 new books published in the Quick Reads series. A donation goes from the sale of each one to World Book Day.

For schools

You could win a complete DK library when your school takes part in the National Sponsored ABC Fact Find!

Using the World Book Day poster, your pupils build themselves a mini-encyclopedia of the countries which stand to benefit from Book Aid International’s support. They decorate it, add facts and more, and receive sponsorship for their efforts. You’ll find the poster and sponsorship forms on the Book Aid International site. Enter your best encyclopedia into our prize draw, and you could win that DK library worth £200 for your school!

For little ones

If your nursery or toddler fancies in on the World Book Day action, why not get them to take part in our Miffy colouring competition? With every amount you raise over £20, you’ll receive some free Miffy books!

So there truly is something for everyone to take part in for World Book Day. Every book we ship really does make a difference, so thank you for your support!


>Wednesday 24th March: Falling for Tanga

> Karen: After a five hour drive, we arrived in Tanga on the coast above Dar es Salaam, and immediately went to see Tanga Regional Library, a beautiful building in dire need of repair. Holes in the roof and ceiling were being mended slowly and the stock was outdated, though very well organised with an eager new librarian looking to introduce new activities and restore the library to its former grandeur. After the stock is weeded to remove outdated books, a donation from Book Aid International could really make a difference – the library is obviously well used by the community in Tanzania’s third largest city.

Rob: We also had a visit to a secondary school in the area which had recently benefitted from renovation by volunteers from Read International, a UK based charity that we support with book donations. The library was created from what had been a ruin of a room, but again, book stock was very low for the number of children who were obviously keen to use it. Hannah filmed some great interviews, whilst Karen and I discussed what might be possible with some follow-up from Read International.

Hannah: Our last appointment was with a local NGO, the Tanga Youth Development Association, where we discussed the exciting possibility of setting up a community library in the region of Tanga to particularly benefit young people looking to maximise their opportunities in life.