Charlie & Matilda
The Book Bus in Africa
Since 2008 Charlie Book Bus has worked with disadvantaged children in schools near Livingstone and the UNHCR Settlement in Zambia. In 2010 we also started visiting schools near Blantyre in Malawi with Matilda Book Bus.

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The Book Bus in India
Our latest Book Bus project has begun in India and is already proving a great success. We have established strong links with a literacy organisation in the country and have started to work with a cluster of five schools in Rajasthan.

Project pageIndia Blog


Galapagos & Puerto Lopez
The Book Bus in Ecuador
The Book Bus has been working with schools in the Amazon, Andes and coastal regions of Ecuador since 2010. In 2013/2014 we will be sharing the joy of reading with primary school children in Puerto Lopez on the Pacific Coast and on Santa Cruz Island on the Galapagos Archipelago.
Project pageEcuador Blog

Our Mission

Improving children's lives one book at a time.

The Book bus operates in Africa, Asia and South AmericaThe Book Bus aims to improve child literacy rates in Africa, Asia and South America by providing children with books and the inspiration to read them.

The Book Bus is currently working to improve literacy rates at a community level in India, Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador. Our library work, book donations and assisted reading programme is helping strengthen the reading culture in schools resulting in a more confident reading population that is better equipped for the future.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors and enthusiastic volunteers the Book Bus has been able to make a real difference to many needy communities in Africa, Asia and South America. Please explore our website to discover how you can help us keep the Book Bus literacy campaign in motion.
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Sir Quentin Blake



Quentin Blake Book Bus TrusteeQuentin Blake illustration for the Book BusSir Quentin Blake, Trustee, is one of Britain’s best loved children’s authors and illustrators. The Book Bus is fortunate to have Quentin personally design and illustrate the artwork that makes our buses look so beautiful.

Cementing his involvement with the bus, Quentin decided to join our board of trustees in January 2009. Quentin has achieved a phenomenal amount during his ongoing career and we are incredibly proud to be working with him.
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News from HQ

What's happening in the UK

UK Book Bus Roadshow
Our newest Book Bus is travelling from Lands End to John O’Groats, visiting schools, libraries, universities and workplaces across the land.

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Book Bus Africa

Volunteer in Zambia and Malawi

If you enjoy telling stories of your adventures, why not have an adventure telling stories to children as a volunteer with the Book Bus in Africa. Project sites include Livingstone and South Luangwa in Zambia and the Shire Valley in Malawi.

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Book Bus India

Volunteer in Rajasthan

The Book Bus visits schools and remote villages in the desert state of Rajasthan. Climb aboard and help children improve their reading, writing and English language skills.

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Book Bus Ecuador

Volunteer in Puerto Lopez and the Galapagos Islands

The Book Bus is working to improve literacy and education with children living near two of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots. Volunteer placements for Spanish and English speakers.

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Toubkal Trek

26-29th September 2014.
Toubkal Trek is an extended mountain walk and fundraising challenge in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco to support The Book Bus Foundation and CHICKS charities.


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Your £2 donation will give the children at one of our partner schools yet another fabulous brand new book.

Simply text BBBA01 £2 to 70070 to donate to The Book Bus and make a difference today.

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Gift a book and share the joy of reading

The Book Bus Gift-a-Book cardsHelping a child to read can change their lives forever. Our £10 Gift-a-Book cards will buy brand new books for the Book Bus to share with children in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador.



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