​​Discovery Book Boxes

When it’s not possible to set up a full library, our Discovery Book Boxes help children keep reading.

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When disaster strikes, education suffers

After disasters, in the midst of conflict and in places where children don’t have formal schools, like informal urban settlements, children often miss out on the chance to read.

With climate change, rising inequality and increasing global conflict fuelling greater displacement year on year, more and more children risk missing out.

But we refuse to simply accept that children will miss out on reading as a result – and our Discovery Book Boxes provide the perfect solution.

The power of Discovery Book Boxes

Discover Book Boxes create a ‘library in a box’ wherever children need it – and thousands of children have already experienced the magic of opening a Discovery Book Box for the first time.

Each one contains 200 brand new children’s books – carefully selected to help children read for learning and fun. The boxes are portable, tough and waterproof, so they can be used everywhere from schools to remote refugee camps, and are easy to transport if communities have to keep moving. They also include a guide to help teachers make the most of the books with young readers.

To date, we’ve provided 304 Discovery Book Books – everywhere from schools in Zimbabwe affected by Cyclone Idai to community centres in Cameroon, where families were sheltering from violence. Each one helps hundreds of children discover the power of books.

Every Discovery Book Box:

  • Gives children the chance to read, wherever they are
  • Allows a library to be set up anywhere
  • Supporters teachers to inspire young readers


Quality Education

SDG 10

Reduced ineqaulity

Impact since 2018


Countries supported


Discovery Book Boxes provided

Reaching children like Fortune*

Fortune is one of hundreds of thousands of people who has been forced from home by Cameroon’s ongoing civil conflict. For her, a Discovery Book Box is a source of joy and comfort.

When we were running away from the war, we spent months in the forest. I could not go to school. We lived in fear. When they brought the Discovery Book Box, I was so happy because I could read again. The books have given us hope.

Fortune, 10, Cameroon

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

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