The Book Bus

A Book Bus crew member reads to a child

One in six adults around the world have come through childhood unable to read and write, due mainly to a lack of books and opportunity to read. The Book Bus was founded by publisher Tom Maschler with the aim of supplying books and making them accessible to children to help get more children reading and therefore be able to make more choices about their own lives. Quentin Blake lion & girl reading illustration

In 2008 the Book Bus began delivering books to schools in Zambia and working with children to inspire them to read. Ten years on and we have opened reading schemes in Zambia, Malawi, and Ecuador where over 100,000 children now have books that are relevant and accessible to read. Help us to continue our reading schemes for the next 10 years by donating here.

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How the Book Bus works - Literacy in Motion

The Book Bus distributing books in rural Africa

Reading isn’t just one of life’s great pleasures, it is an essential life skill; it improves literacy, develops a positive attitude towards learning and is crucial to the academic and social development of young people. Despite the importance of literacy, large class sizes and lack of resources mean there are few reading opportunities for many children in developing countries such as Zambia, Malawi, India and Ecuador.

Read how we're changing childrens lives with books

Book Bus fleet

The Book Bus fleet

Nothing creates a bigger impression with school children than the arrival of one of our Book Buses, each one a piece of stretched magic loaded with books, materials and a crew of enthusiastic volunteers. Included in this magical mix are, of course, many moving parts held together by nuts and bolts, lubricated by oil and fed with diesel fuel. And the whole big magic machine is wrapped from bumper to bumper with drawings by Quentin Blake, perhaps the most famous of all children's illustrators.

Meet our growing fleet of Book Buses

Connecting Classrooms

Connecting Classrooms in Zambia Africa

Connecting Classrooms is designed to help young people learn about international themes and become responsible global citizens. It facilitates partnerships between schools in the UK and other countries, providing educational benefits for young people around the world.

Read more about the school partnership scheme

Book Bus Buddies - Staying in the loop

The Book Bus Alumni

The aim of the Book Bus Alumni network is to raise awareness of the Book Bus here in the UK and to encourage donations from community and corporate donors. If you would like to put some of your time, talents and experience into supporting the Book Bus then why not consider joining us as a Book Bus Buddy?

Become a Buddy to the Book Bus