The Book Bus I am a reader campaign

The Book Bus “I am a Reader” Literacy Campaign

I am a reader
"I am a Reader" aims to help 10,000 disadvantaged children from Zambia and Malawi to learn to read and write by 2020.

It is a three-year programme in partnership with under-resourced primary schools in the region where each child will receive a structured reading scheme, mentored reading practice and free access to a local library. Our aim is that children should complete the scheme as proficient readers and that each partner school will have the skills and resources to continue producing confident readers well into the future.

What it takes to create 10,000 readers by 2020

Book Bus mobile library

Book Buses and libraries

"Charlie", "George" and "Matilda" are our magical Book Buses, they will provide literacy outreach and mobile library services to our partner schools in Zambia and Malawi. Our community libraries in Livingstone and Kitwe (Zambia) and Mangochi (Malawi) will help children develop their reading habit with free access to thousands of fabulous books throughout the year.

Trained and dedicated staff

Our teams of project coordinators, drivers and librarians bring fun, knowledge and creativity to share with the children. They will provide teacher support and mentoring to the children during and after school and throughout the holidays.

Book Bus supporting children

Books and resources

Children love our books and the activities that bring them to life. Joining a structured reading scheme will accelerate their reading skills and get them on the path to literacy. Books are in English and local language and are sourced locally when possible or from the UK.


Children joining the "I am a Reader" pilot literacy scheme in Malawi in 2015 improved their reading ability by an average of 39% in one year.

Lucia Chipanga aged 13 joined the "I am a Reader" pilot programme in 2015.
Lucia Chipanga

"We’d read, had puzzles, word searches and drama all about the book. My reading really improved. Now I want to continue to improve my reading, so I pick up a book every day".

Support I am a Reader

How you can support the Book Bus
"I am a Reader"

Donate online

Please join with us by supporting our campaign to help 10,000 children become independent, confident readers by 2020

You can support the Book Bus "I am a Reader" appeal through
regular giving or a one off donation.

You can give by using your debit or credit card through the Book Bus Paypal account.


Click through to our GoCardless account to give the amounts listed below

Lucia Chipanga£100 - gift the joy of reading to a child in Africa

Lucia Chipanga£35 - Provide a child with one year of our I am a Reader Scheme

Lucia ChipangaRegular giving: £10 per month to fund child literacy in Zambia and Malawi

Lucia ChipangaRegular giving: £25 per month to fund child literacy in Zambia and Malawi

You can support the Book Bus "I am a Reader" appeal through regular giving or a one off donation.

Donate by Post

Donate to I am a ReaderIf you would like to send your donation by post please send a cheque to:

The Book Bus Foundation
11 The Orchard
Montpelier Road
W5 2QW

Donate by Bank Transfer

Book Bus Foundation
Barclays Bank
Sort Code: 20 48 08
Account number: 03312909

Gift Aid

Make your donation to the Book Bus Foundation worth a quarter more with Gift Aid declaration.
Gift Aid is a government scheme which enables registered charities in the United Kingdom to claim the tax back from the HMRC on donations.

How it works
If you are currently a UK taxpayer and you fill out a Gift Aid declaration when you make a donation, we can claim back 25p for every £1 that you donate. Once you have signed your Gift Aid declaration it is valid for all gifts in the future, and for any gifts you have made to us in the four years prior to signing the declaration.
Please be advised that Gift Aid cannot be claimed on donations made on behalf of a group or a collection.
To declare all the donations you have made in the last four years, and any you may give in the future that are eligible for Gift Aid, please download, complete and return a Gift AId form

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