Join South Africa’s reading awareness week as we #BUYABOOK for book scarce homes this National Book Week.

One of the country’s longest-running book donation drives, #BUYABOOK, a centerpiece of NBW, returns this year with “Fun With Funda Bala”  – a children’s activity book that can be bought at Bargain Books and Exclusive Books for only R20. The public is encouraged to buy the book and pay it forward, that is, donate it to a child or adult.  According to the research by SABDC, 58% of homes in South Africa do not have a single book. See promotional material HERE

The activity book is a physical tool for children and adults alike to have fun with words while expressing their creativity. The book which all South Africans, including corporates, are encouraged to buy and donate includes, quizzes, colour in pages, stories and games for hours of offline fun. The activity book honours all official languages as well as the forgotten Nama. Corporates can place bulk orders directly through SABDC’s office for donation in the provinces or for their own CSI initiatives. Contact 021-914-8626 or to order.

Participating stores:

Exclusive Books with Online purchases

Bargain Books nation-wide

Ethnikids Online


  1. Challenge your friends, family and those you work with to buy more books than you
  2. Share our social media images on your platforms and spread awareness about our campaign. You can download our images HERE. Don’t forget to tag us or use #BUYABOOK so we can share your posts.
  3. Collect a pool of donations between those closest to you and #BUYABOOK collectively. Make it a group outing and get the kids to choose the books.
  4. Print our posters and put them up around your community, work, school, university or religious institutions.
  5. Donate money directly to the cause by emailing