About us

Book Aid International is a UK registered charity which shares the power of books and helps create a more equal world.

Our mission and vision

Our vision is a world where everyone has access to books that will enrich, improve and change their lives.

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Where we work

We work around the world where people need books.

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How we select and send books

We work with partners to make sure books that will have the biggest impact go where they are needed most.

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Our impact

Books give people the power to change their lives for the better and create a more equal future. Every year, we offer the opportunity to read to millions.

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Our finances

At Book Aid International all the income we receive is from voluntary donations – we receive no government grants.

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Our vision 2025

Between now and 2025 we will focus on creating the opportunity to read for people who face the greatest barriers to learning.

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Press Centre

We’re here for journalists interested in everything book-related.

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Our people

Our work is only possible through the work of our staff, volunteers, trustees and many friends.

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Our history

Our organisation was founded in 1954 by Hermione, Countess of Ranfurly, who recognised the power of books.

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Work with us

When you join our team, you’ll be helping to share the power of books with millions of people around the world.

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Read our blog

Hear from staff, volunteers and supporters and learn more about who we are.

Blog

Reflections on Hay Festival 2024

Earlier this year, we were delighted to welcome novelist Priscilla Morris to our event at Hay Festival. Here, Priscilla shares her thoughts on the event.

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Hay Festival 2024

Find out more about our event at Hay Festival, where our Vice Patron, Lord Paul Boateng was joined in conversation by writers Elif Shafak and Priscilla Morris

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Attracting new readers

Hear from our Head of Programmes, Samantha Sokoya, about our 2023/24 Community Reading Award Winners!

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