Getting ready for World Book Day 2019

In just a few short weeks, it will once again be World Book Day. Schools across the UK will celebrate books and reading on 7 th March – and many of them will include fundraising for our charity, Book Aid International, in their celebrations.

Around the world, millions of people have never even held a new book. For children, this lack of books is particularly devastating. No one has ever read them a story, and in schools they are trying to learn to read from just an old textbook and the words their teachers write on the board.

The money schools, families and libraries raise sends books around the world to people who would otherwise have few books or even no books at all. In the last three years alone supporters like you raised over £350,000 for us by fundraising on World Book Day - that's enough to send over 175,000

Kenyan school children using books during their lessons

The books you help to send will, of course, have a huge impact on literacy. Where we create school libraries, we see improved academic performance across the board – as you would expect - but the school libraries you can support do much more than just help children learn to read.

Often, these books are the first that have ever reached a community. They are windows into new
worlds, a reason for hope and a cause for celebration. Last year, with the support of families like
yours we sent over 20,000 books to Syria. When 12 year old Omar found out the books were coming
to his school in Idlib he said:

“I can’t believe it, are you really sending us new books? I am very excited to receive some new
science books. I love science, especially finding out about the trees and the plants!”

Omar, right, and a friend in their Idlib classroom. Credit Syria Relief

Beyond dress up

It costs just £2 for us to send another book that could help a child learn to read, give them something to celebrate or introduce them to a new favourite story – so no World Book Day fundraising event is too small!

Traditionally, thousands of children have dressed up as a favourite book character and donated £1 –
and as always we have over 40 free, no-sew, DIY costumes, many of which can be put together on
the morning just using common household items.

For those who want to try something new for World Book Day, we’ve developed The Big Booky
Breakfast to offer new ways for to share a story and fundraise to send books around the world.

Big Booky Breakfast

When you request your free Big Booky Breakfast pack, you can find out about a range of book themed activities that offer great ways to celebrate books while raising funds – like a Big Booky Book Swap, a Big Booky Bake Off or Big Booky Short Story competition. Packs also include stickers, a poster and additional resources to help schools make fundraising fun and easy.

Remember, it costs just £2 to send another brand new book to someone who really needs it – so no fundraising event is too small!

We hope that you make sending books around the world part of your World Book Day! To find all of the resources we offer – including videos, costumes, the Big Booky Breakfast and much more, visit our World Book Day resource page.


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