The Book Bus gift-a-book cards with Quentin Blake designs

Our Gift-a-Book card buys books
for children who have none.

How does it work?

Gift-a-Book Quentin Blake

Each Gift-a-Book card is £10. You have four beautiful Quentin Blake designs to choose from.

Gift-a-Book post

You fill out your personal message on the Gift-a-Book card and send it to its lucky recipient.

Gift-a-Book map

The £10 is used to buy new books for children in Ecuador, Malawi & Zambia. Where possible we buy books locally or in the UK.

Gift-a-Book shipping

Books from the UK are shipped out to Ecuador, Malawi & Zambia in bulk.

Gift-a-Book mobile library

These fabulous books become part of the Book Bus mobile library service or are donated to schools and community libraries every year.

Gift-a-Book sharing books

Each book is enjoyed and read by many children.

How to buy
- Use PayPal, it’s safe and secure.
- Choose from our four Quentin Blake designs
- Click ‘Add to Cart'. You can order multiple
copies of the same card.

The Book Bus changes lives

"The Book Bus and books changed our lives"

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Gift-a-Book and share the joy of reading

Literacy is a vital life skill that can transform lives. We believe that ​e very child should have access to books and other literacy materials but for millions of children across Africa and South America books are a luxury beyond their reach.

Starting in ​2006, the Book Bus has been working with schools to bring books into their classrooms​ and into their communities​. Since our first visit we have:

- Read with more than 100,000 children
- Donated more than 90,000 books
- Opened 100's of reading corners and libraries
- Been supported by more than 1000 volunteers

What type of books do we buy?

We ask schools and communities what books do they want to ​meet their needs and we source and supply these. We buy relevant fiction, non-fiction, and picture books. We only buy top quality up-to-date books to ensure the children have a positive experience from books​, ​encourage​s​ them to read more​ and develop a love of reading that will last a lifetime. ​

Where does your £10 go?

The £10 from your Gift-a-Book card will buy new or top quality books for children that are relevant, engaging and will encourage children to read. We always try and buy books in-country. If this isn't possible we ship books in bulk from the UK.

The Book Bus changes lives
Improving children’s lives one book at a time

Volunteer on the Book Bus

How Can I Volunteer?
Whether you are a natural born volunteer or just want a holiday with a difference you can join the Book Bus as a volunteer and participate directly in the work that we do. It’s the dedicated work of our volunteers that makes the biggest difference to the children who we work with.
Find out more about Book Bus volunteering here.


Donate to the Book bus

How Can I Donate?
The Book Bus is a charity funded entirely through voluntary donations. Our donors have helped over five thousand children improve their reading and writing skills since 2008. In 2013/14 we are raising funds for books, classroom resources and our magnificent Book Bus fleet, your contribution will help many more children benefit from these valuable resources. Donate to the Book Bus here.