For 30 years, Books for Africa has been collecting, sorting and distributing books to students in Africa. You can help by gathering the old fiction, reference books and textbooks sitting neglected in your basement. Ask family and friends to contribute books, too. Books for Africa prefers to receive books published in the last 15 years and after 2005 for references books. More book guidelines, donation instructions and drop-off hours can be found here.

Talk to your child: What would it be like to have no books in our house or in your school? What are some things you have learned, or would like to learn, from books?

Book to share: Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin. Ages 4-8. A story of generosity set in a small Kenyan village.