Charlie & MatildaSince 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.
Project pageAfrica Blog
New for 2013Our 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 LopezThe 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
Improving children's lives one book at a time.
The 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
Sir 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 & Events
News from HQ
What's happening in the UK
UK Book Bus Roadshow
October 2013 to March 2014
Our newest Book Bus is travelling from Lands End to John O’Groats, visiting schools, libraries, universities and workplaces across the land.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Book Bus Blog
Follow the news from our volunteer crews with their regular updates from our project bases across the world.
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JustTextGiving by Vodafone.
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.