Tag Archives: 2018

Kogero Sunshine Community Centre

Thank you for a wonderful 2018!

Thanks to your support, we sent an astounding 1.28 million brand new books in 2018. These books will reach millions of readers in 24 countries across the world. Thank you for the part you played in making it such an amazing year.

Watch our highlights video and find out more about all that you made possible in 2018:

Here’s to another brilliant year in 2019!

Wishing you a very happy New Year from us all at Book Aid International.


Canon Slade School cake competition

Reaching more readers on World Book Day

On World Book Day last month, the joy of children’s books and reading was celebrated by children and adults at schools, colleges, universities and workplaces up and down the country.

It was cold and snowing but book lovers didn’t let it stop their World Book Day fun! There was dressing up, cake sales, readathons and much more all in the name of children’s books. Many also fundraised to support our work as part of their celebrations.

We love hearing from our supporters about the creative ways they have celebrated World Book Day and fundraised to help us share the joy of books and reading with more people around the world. We’ve rounded up just a few of them for you to enjoy and be inspired by below.


Bay House School & Sixth Form LRC held a Dystopian-themed day and raised £600!


Canon Slade School raised £120.25 from their book-themed cake decorating competition.


Publisher Cengage celebrated World Book Day with a fancy dress competition and literary-themed cake sale. They raised £158.89 in cake sales and Cengage have generously matched it bringing the total to £317.78!


Pupils at Sydenham School marked the day with a Dress Up Day, raising £100!


Pupils and staff at Northgate High School raised a total of £356.57 through a whole host of activities to celebrate World Book Day. Their day started with a special assembly all about our work and staff and students alike dressed up, prizes being given for the best costumes. There was also a ‘bake expectations’ book-themed cake decorating competition and sale.


We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who fundraised for us on World Book Day. It costs just £2 to send a book so every Pound you’ve raised really does make a difference. Together we’ll get more new books to readers around the world who really need them.


Children's Corner a MYSA Library

January Book of the Month

Our very first Book of the Month for 2018 is:


Construction cover
Construction Crafts Core Units donated by Oxford University Press


This practical and informative book has been developed in partnership with Leeds College of Building and written with construction learners in mind. It is brimming with up-to-date know-how from the construction industry to help students broaden their knowledge and prepare for assessments as well as gain tips on building a CV and seeking employment in the construction industry.


Construction insides
The book contains information about all aspects of construction


Vocational books like this are very popular in public and community libraries where out-of-school learners or unemployed people use them to develop new skills and students and apprentices use them to prepare for their exams.


Construction insides
Each section ends with a set of questions for readers to test their knowledge


Books on vocational topics including construction are also incredibly useful for people in prisons and prison rehabilitation centres such as those supported by our partner Zambia Library Service where this book will be going, to help prisoners develop new skills, gain qualifications and equip themselves for life after release.


Naivasha prison classroom
Vocational books are used in prisons to help prisoners develop new skills and rebuild their lives when they are released


Books on topics such as construction, carpentry, plumbing and agriculture are always in high demand among our partners’ readers yet we are unable to supply the volume needed. If you are able to donate brand new books in this category and help us get more of these books into the hands of those who really need them, please get in touch.


Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts

Each year our Trustees report on our year’s work and our accounts and submit these reports to the Charity Commission.

We also produce a shorter Annual Review featuring highlights of our work annually.

You can download these publications here.


Download our Book Aid International 2019 Annual Report and Accounts
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Download our 2019 Year in Review
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Download our Book Aid International 2018 Annual Report and Accounts 2018
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Download our 2018 Year in Review
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Download our Book Aid International 2017 Annual Report and Accounts 2017
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Read our 2017 Year in Review
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Download our Trustees’ Report and Accounts 2016

Book Aid International 2016 Annual Review
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Download our Trustees’ Report and Accounts 2015

Download our 2015 Annual Review (PDF 7MB)


Download our Trustees’ Report and Accounts 2014

Download our 2014 Annual Review (PDF 3.1MB) 


Download our Trustees’ Report and Accounts 2013