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Zoe's Building with Books

I'm building a den out of books for Book Aid International because it's a crazy thing to do!

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Book Aid International

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. Every year we send around one million brand-new books to libraries, schools, prisons, hospitals and refugee camps in Africa and beyond.

Charity Registration No. 313869


To celebrate World Book Day 2015 and to support the work of Book Aid International, I'll be spending most of Thursday 5 March 2015 creating utter chaos in my home, using hundreds of our books to build the largest book den I can.

I'm utterly passionate about children's books and doing crazy things inspired by them. It's what gets me up in the morning. But building a large scale book den out of books is wackiest thing I've yet tried to do. I haven't done a recent book count, but I reckon I've got about 3000 to play with, so that gives you some sense of the scale of the challenge.

It's going to be pretty disruptive, probably physically knackering and quite possible a challenge to the laws of gravity so please donate to Book Aid International to make it all worthwhile!

I've been a supporter of Book Aid for several years now.  Book Aid International increases access to books to support literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa, including in Zambia where I was born.

In sub-Saharan Africa 151 million people are illiterate. 72 million children still do not got to school, and most people simply cannot afford books of their own. But without literacy people are not able to access education or healthcare, their work opportunities are limited as are their opportunities for participation in the social, economic and political decisions which affect their lives.

I'll be tweeting my progress throughout the day on March 5 (@playbythebook), and will then blog about it once the den is built and habitable. You can donate any time (before, during or after the build).

If you've ever enjoyed my blog (, found it useful, or been helped out on twitter by me, please consider "paying it forward" by donating today to Book Aid International.

*Thank you* (and please wish me good luck and stable building skills!)


  • Time for  a coffee break
  • Almost hip height at the back
  • Almost knee high! +8