The Book Bus in Zambia
Books bring communities together. Since 2008 the Book Bus has been working in Zambia bringing the joy of reading to thousands of children. Our two projects in Livingstone and Mfuwe visit local community schools each week to help improve literacy. Love books? Love working with children? Join us as a reading volunteer.
Volunteer in Livingstone, Zambia


The Book Bus in Malawi
Books change lives everyday.
Our Lake Malawi project works in partnership with local children, teachers and community groups. We provide books and teaching materials to get children reading. Come join us as a volunteer and change your life too.

Volunteer in Malawi


Puerto Lopez
The Book Bus in Ecuador
Books fuel our imagination.
Our projects in Puerto Lopez bring books to Ecuador’s next generation. Our assisted reading programme needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to become reading mentors in this unique part of the world.

Volunteer in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

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.
Meet the rest of the Book Bus team

News & Events
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Book Bus Ecuador

Volunteer in Puerto Lopez

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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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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Quick Donate

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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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