DONATING CHILDREN’S BOOKS

 

A bedtime story

 

In South Africa we have a pressing need to develop a national culture of reading. To fall in love with reading, children need access to books. Not just educational books, but books that stimulate their minds, entertain and delight them and stir their creativity and imagination. The easiest way to help is to donate books or support a literacy organisation.

Just over 50% of South African families own no books for recreational or leisure time reading.  

It’s essential to publish and distribute books in the official languages. It’s also important for all children to become fluent in English so they can enter the global workplace. Once the wonderful world of books is opened up to a child you will give them a gift that lasts a lifetime.

Has your child outgrown his picture books or early readers? Donate your old children’s books to your local library, children’s hospital or shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organisation that will distribute them to schools and organisations in need.

LITERACY ORGANISATIONS

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BOOK TREE DOES NOT COLLECT OR DISTRIBUTE ANY BOOKS.  WE PROVIDE A LIST OF COMPANIES WHO DO SO BELOW:

 

  • Nal’ ibali – www.nalibali.org They have a list of organisations needing books.
  • The Link Literacy Project are based in Johannesburg and they run reading classes every week at selected schools. They require primary school books.
  • Shine Literacy are a children’s literacy organisation based in Cape Town and Durban and there are many ways you can get involved. T: +27 (0) 21 762 4320or email:  info@shineliteracy.org.za Durban: https://www.facebook.com/ShineDurban/
  • The Bookery are Cape Town based but they open children’s libraries around the country. Contact them for more info on  +27 (0) 21 461 4189 or email: info@thebookery.org.za
  • Steve Biko Centre in King Williams Town. nomsad@srmholdings.com Their Johannesburg office will collect the books from you.
  • National Library of South Africa – www.nlsa.ac.za
  • To donate money towards books in native languages – https://www.facebook.com/Littlehandstrust/ or email Carole Bloch at info@praesa.org.za
  • International Book Giving Day – http://bookgivingday.com
  • Biblionef SA – http://biblionefsa.org.za/books They donate new books through your donations
  • help2read – http://www.help2read.org This developmental organisation addresses child literacy by providing supplementary literacy tutoring in disadvantaged primary schools through a largely volunteer workforce.
  • Book Dash do wonderful work by creating children’s books in a day through volunteeers in the writing, graphic design, editing and illustration fields. Find out how you can get involved. 

Let us know if you are an organisation providing books for children to read and we’ll add you to this list.

 

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Comments

  1. help2read is a developmental organisation founded in 2005 which uses a two pronged approach to social development in South Africa. It addresses child literacy by providing supplementary literacy tutoring in under resourced public primary schools through a largely volunteer workforce.

    Kindly add our website- http://www.help2read.org

  2. Thanks for getting in touch with us – it looks like you do amazing work and we’ve added you to our list. Let us know if there are any ways we can support you further. Love The Book Tree.

  3. Viki Neilson

    Hi, we would like to run a drive at work from now until March next year to collect books and then donate them to a worthy cause. Please let me know the procedure to be followed and how the hand over of the books will take place.
    Many thanks,
    Viki

    • Hi Viki
      What a great initiative. There are two ways to to this. You could collect funds and donate these to http://www.bookdash.org and they will use the funds to print and distribute books to children in need. The books have been created for free by professional writers, illustrators, editors and designers. You can look at some of the books on their website.
      You could collect books and either send them to a school or an adult library in your business area or contact one of the great organisations which co-ordinate book runs. You could try http://bookgivingday.com and ask them for a worthy recipient for next year’s International Book Giving Day or you can contact one of the agencies listed above this article, such as http://www.thelinkliteracyproject.co.za.
      Let us know if you need further help and good luck.

  4. Chantelle

    We’re a private school based in Midrand, Gauteng and we have textbooks that is no longer in use. Any idea of a school or organisation that may have a use for them?

  5. Tina

    Good day

    I would like to donate some intermediate and high school text books and study aids.
    I also have some childrens reading books for toddlers.

    Will you be able to collect from my residence?
    I live in Lenasia south, Johannesburg.

    Looking forward to your reply.

    Kind regards
    Tina

  6. Linda Bruce

    Hi

    I am about 500 copies of a book I wrote and published in 2008 through Random House Struik. It is called Motherhood and Me and is a book that guides new mothers through the transition and challenges of motherhood. I would like to donate these books to libraries around South Africa, but I am not sure how to do that. Can you advise me please.

    Thank you

    xxx

    Linda

  7. Gugu

    Hi. My name is Gugu Thumbu, i am a teacher libraria. Our school library is functioning but we don’t have enough books for learners, getting the learner involved in more reading will improve their literacy and performance. Our school (Sikhutsele Primary school )is based in mpumalanga -Nelspruit and is located in Barberton, it starts from grade R to grade 9, is a government non paying fee school. Please help me get books donation for our school library, thank you in advance. My contact number is 0824175699.

    • Hi Gugu
      I have forwarded your request to a few individuals who may be able to help. Please also approach the organisations on the Donate page with your request. We will email you with any replies and advice. It sounds like you are doing a great job! Keep it up and keep us posted with your progress.

  8. Blanche

    Hello, I have some tertiary textbooks to donate, they are brand new but have to be replaced this year by new editions. They would need to be collected from our Port Elizabeth campus. Please contact me if you know of any charities that would need these.

  9. Nathan

    Hi,
    We cleaned up a bit at home and have a bunch of textbooks, fiction and non-fiction books. Seemed like a shame to throw it away. Could you advise on a place that might be interested in receiving these books?
    Regards,
    Nathan

    • Hi Nathan
      You don’t mention if they are children’s books – if so you may have a local school in your area that could benefit from the books or approach your local library as they may sell them to raise funds to keep running. Other than that any of the organisations on the Donate a Book Page will be happy for books.
      Good luck!

  10. Quinton Mawing

    Hi I am currently clearing out study materials/ books of my daughters, marketing & Accounting degrees, Unisa & UJ respectively, if anyone requires these materials to assist a student to progress & achieve their ” Goals” by donating these books.Please contact me on the abovementioned email address or advise if the books can be collected or dropped off within the Johannesburg (east rand) area.

    Regards

  11. Tsholo

    Good afternoon,

    There are two ladies i know from where i live, one is doing a mobile library of kids in Alexandra township and has reading sessions on Saturdays and one runs an after school project from or church in Alexandra. Should anyone wish to donate books or study materials for primary school kids may you kindly contact me.

    Your help will be highly appreciated.

    kind regards,
    Tsholo molefe

    • Hi Tsholo
      What a wonderful initiative! If anyone has PRIMARY SCHOOL books or study materials please help her out.
      We will keep your details should anyone call with children’s books to donate.
      Keep us posted.

  12. Riette Snyman

    We at high school Postmasburg have a lot of text and reading books we want to donate. Can you maybe help me with someone who would be interested?

  13. Debbie Pretorius

    Hi

    I am looking for an organisation in the Pretoria/ Johannesburg area that is looking for second hand books, not children but mostly fiction, that is distributed to the underprivileged or elderly. I am happy to deliver them somewhere.

    Thanks

    • Hi Debbie
      Organisations looking for second hand books in Pretoria and Johannesburg could either be your local library, old age homes or hospitals. They often hold book sales to raise much-needed funds. You can also try some of the organisations listed on our Donate page above.
      Good luck!

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