Sir Michael Palin, CBE
As a writer and traveller, I think everyone should be able to open a window on the world through books. It’s incredible how lives can be transformed through access to books.
One of the things I’ve found on my journeys is the thirst to learn more about the world, and this is one sure way to help people get more out of life. Thanks to the Reverse Book Club members, Book Aid International sends around one million brand new books to libraries around the world every year.
A donation of just £6 a month could provide a school in a refugee camp with 36 books in the space of a year. Each one will be read over and over again.
The difference your support makes
Encourages a lifelong
love of reading
When a child falls in love with reading they are likely to spend a lifetime engrossed in great stories, thriving in education and learning about the world.
Books help to shape a future in which talented young learners can become literate, pass exams and achieve educational success.
Supports the most vulnerable
For those living through conflict, sheltering in refugee camps or in isolated communities, books can be a lifeline, offering the chance to escape, learn and develop new skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Reverse Book Club work?
The Reverse Book Club allows book lovers to support people around the world who don’t have access to books. As it costs around £2 to select, pack and ship each book, a monthly donation of £6 helps send three books every month.
How is my money spent?
Donations from Reverse Book Club members help cover the costs of sourcing, storing, selecting and shipping books to over 25 countries. We have strong relationships with the UK publishing industry, so all of our books are donated free of charge.
What will I receive in return?
You won’t receive any books! But if you opt in to communications from us, you will receive newsletters featuring stories of the people who use the books you help to send. You can tell us how you want to hear from us when you sign up.
What types of books are sent?
We only send brand new, up-to-date, relevant books. Over half are children’s books to help children discover the joy of reading. We also send leisure reading books for all ages, vocational titles, higher education books and medicine and healthcare texts.
Who is going to receive my books?
We send books to libraries in schools, refugee camps, communities, prisons and hospitals in some of the world’s most marginalised and poorest communities, where there are no or very few books. See where we work.
Why don’t you donate books to individuals?
We want as many people as possible to benefit from the books you help to send. A book in a library can be enjoyed by many readers, leaving a lasting impact on the communities we reach.