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Reading activity in Uganda

Enjoying stories across the world

The books that supporters like you help to send are loved by children across the world!

Here, we’ve gathered together some of their favourite reads which they shared with us to mark World Book Day on the 5th March:


Reading can open up a whole new world to the reader, you can become whoever you want to be – a pirate, a spy, a princess, or an animal. By reading you can travel, explore new worlds, and go on adventures. All that is possible just by opening up a book.

– Clarissa, Street Children Empowerment Foundation, Ghana.


Thimpu, Bhutan

Bhutan book club


Keen young readers in Thimpu, Bhutan, love visiting their local READ Model Centre after school where Ms. Yangcen leads read aloud sessions. Recently, she read I Love Mum with the Very Hungry Caterpillar.


Dandora, Nairobi, Kenya

Enjoying books at DADREG's library in Nairobi


In Nairobi’s Dandora slum in Kenya, the community library run by our partner DADREG is a place that children love to visit to share stories. It’s a place that keeps them busy away from the local landfill site where many of them often join their families to sift for items to sell to make ends meet:

Reading storybooks puts smiles on our faces and books make learning exciting!


Enjoying books in Ghana


In Ghana, the kids at the schools and libraries supported by our partner Rainbow Trust love to read all sorts of books; here they show off just a few of them!

We love reading these books because they are colourful and packed full of fun! Some of the books, like Samson: The Mighty Flee and The Wildest Cowboy encourage the children that with perseverance, they can succeed.

Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya

The kids who read at Mathare Youth Sport Association’s (MYSA) libraries in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya, are lucky enough to have lots of staff and volunteers who read all sorts of stories with them.

Sharing stories at MYSA in Kenya


At MYSA’s Mathare North Library the kids recently listened to Librarian Stephen reading We Could Help:

Here in the Mathare slums, people litter everywhere so I chose ‘We Could Help’ so the children realise that they can join hands to clean their communities for a better tomorrow.

– Stephen

And Library Attendant Charles, read them The Little Dancer and Other Stories – because they love to dance!

Sharing stories at MYSA in Kenya

Most of the children I was reading the story to are in the library dancing club. So I thought the story might encourage them to continue dancing and maybe think of starting a ballet dancing club in the library.

– Charles


Banjul, The Gambia

Reading at Gambia National Library Service Authority


All sorts of children’s fiction and non-fiction books are loved by the kids who read at the Gambia National Library Service Authority’s library! They especially love story books.


Kpando, Ghana

Sharing stories in class in Ghana


The kids at Delta Preparatory School’s Library Club (which gets books from its local Ghana Library Authority branch) love sharing the The Stone Age to the Iron Age book and learning how tools and farming techniques have changed.


Gaza Strip and the West Bank

In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, our partner Tamer Instuitue for Community Education organises all sorts of reading workshops and activities, book launches, discussions and good old read alouds!


Musanze, Rwanda

Reading at Agati Library in Rwanda


In Rwanda, the kids at Agati Library in Musanze particularly love to be read Momo and Snap, a picture book about the ups and downs of the friendship between a young monkey and a young crocodile.

Reading Momo and Snap creates a feeling of excitement, thrill and even friendship.

Gwanda, Zimbabwe

Young readers at the Edward Ndlovu Memorial Library in Zimbabwe love Funnybones so much that they request it again and again!


Tonkolili, Sierra Leone

Reading at Tonkolili District Library


In Sierra Leone, children enjoy reading all sorts of books and stories but at Tonkolili District Children’s Library, The Dinosaur Who Pooped A Lot! is a particular favourite!


Jamestown, Accra, Ghana

Sharing stories at Street Children Empowerment Foundation in Ghana


The children at Street Children Empowerment Foundation’s library in Accra, Ghana are currently reading a book called Mine:

The children love the illustrations and we chose this book because it teaches the children how important sharing is. Sharing spreads happiness – and so do books!


We are continuing to work with our partners as much as possible and support them wherever we can as they respond to COVID-19 and find new ways to give as many people as possible access to brand new books.


Matilda and her children

Reaching new levels through books

Matilda lives in a one-room home with her six children in Jamestown, one of the poorest districts in Accra, Ghana.

She does all she can to provide for them and give them more opportunities than she had. She wants them to go far and believes books have a key role to play.

Here Matilda tells us more:

Matilda sells fish and rice on the street to make enough money to care for her children


“Since their father left, I’m the only one taking care of my six children. The biggest challenge is feeding them. So I sell smoked fish and rice on the street to get money to take care of all of them.

I didn’t have books when I was a child and I can’t read. But I am so happy my 10-year-old twins, Richard and Richardson, can read.

Twins reading in school
Matilda has seen a great change in her twins, Richard and Richardson, since they started reading

I’m seeing changes in them since they became good at reading. They have already gotten to a level I didn’t get to.


Reading in the library
The twins regularly read donated books at SCEF’s library in Jamestown


If they had no books, they would fall back in their studies. Books are important, especially for their future. I want them to go far – even further than they are already.”

Books are good. They will help me become a doctor.

– Richard, one of Matilda’s twins.



“Reading is my talent”

12-year-old Solomon lives with his family in Jamestown, one of the poorest districts of Accra, Ghana’s capital.

Five years ago, Solomon’s reading skills were limited but when he started reading books at Street Child Empowerment Foundation’s (SCEF) library in Jamestown, he discovered how fun reading was and now he’s the best reader in his class.

Here Solomon tells us more about the books you have helped to send:

Solomon reads to him mum


“I’m 12-years-old and I live with my mother and my two sisters.

For fun, I like cooking noodles and when I grow up I want to be a musician, playing the guitar!

Solomon reading in school


I’m in class 6 at school. I enjoy school because the things that the teacher teachers I enjoy. My favourite subject is natural science because I understand it completely.

I read after school every day.

I read after school every day. I like reading because it’s my talent. I’m the best in my class. In the school holidays I also go to the library.

My favourite book is The Scared Cat. I like it because the cat is always scared! When his friends are going, he’s scared. They went to take a mouse, he’s scared. Every time he’s scared! I have read it many times.

The books in SCEF’s library help me very much.

I come to the library if school have given me homework. I come to the library, collect that book and go to the homework club and write it. Our mothers, if they don’t have money they can’t buy us books. But here we have books to read.”

Reading for a better future

Victoria lives with her four children in Jamestown, one of the poorest districts of Accra, Ghana’s capital.

She works at the local market selling fish and kenkey but she has bigger hopes for her children.

Here she tells us about her youngest child, 12-year-old Solomon, who is excelling in school thanks to books you have helped us to send to our partner Street Children Empowerment Foundation’s (SCEF) library.

Victoria and Solomon
Many parents in Jamestown cannot afford to purchase books for their children


“My favourite thing about having children is just the joy they bring. That they call me ‘ma’.

Most of the parents in Jamestown don’t have money [for books]. If you don’t have the money it’s a challenge. So when children go to SCEF’s Learning Hub, there are books that Book Aid International sent to them, it exposes them to new things to learn.

I have seen a big change in Solomon since he’s been reading. At first, he didn’t really know how to read but now his reading has really improved.  Not only Solomon but his older sister too who also visits the Learning Hub.

I have seen a big change in Solomon since he’s been reading.

Without those books, I would try as much as possible to get books for my children to read – I can see that Solomon already has the head, the intelligence. I want him to be a doctor in the future. But he has a different idea!

Solomon reads to his mum
Solomon also borrows books from the library to read at home


Solomon goes [to the library] every day. Whenever there is a programme at school, they usually call him to speak as he is so fluent in his speech.

When he’s reading, I’m happy.

I’m really happy that Solomon is performing well at school. When he’s reading, I’m happy. It’s really necessary for children to have books to read for their future.”