It is estimated that 800,000 kids in Zambia miss out on a basic education every day. In 2007, The Book Bus was created to bring books to kids in Zambia. The Book Bus is in fact a bus, decorated with Quentin Blake’s illustrations and filled with children’s books. The bus also carries volunteers from the UK and Zambia who enthusiastically read books, tell stories, disseminate books to kids, and help develop library spaces. Since its inception, The Book Bus has begun operating two more buses — one in Malawi and one in Ecuador.
The Book Bus is currently accepting books for Zambia. The deadline for shipping books to Zambia just happens to be February 14th — International Book Giving Day.