Each year a wonderful initiative takes place. Book Dash rounds up creative professionals from around the country for one day each year to develop a book that can be distributed and printed free of charge. In 2015 myself, a writer and a designer set aside a day to put together a kids book. Below are a few pages. Find out what Bookdash have to say about the need for books and read more on
In their own words:
Children in South Africa need more books, but they cost too much purchased from publishers. The cheapest books have no publisher – then the only cost is printing. So our participants do the work of publishers in a single day. After that, anyone can get print runs sponsored and put finished books into the hands of children. We believe every child should own a hundred books by the age of five. In South Africa, that means giving 600 million free books to children who could never afford to buy them. Every day we lose, more children grow up unable to read and write well, and to enjoy the worlds that books open up.
JP Brouard (illustrator), Milly Brouard (writer) and Kalynne Vorster (designer).