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Build a Book

Did you know that around the world, 250M children are unable to read simply because they don’t have enough books in their mother tongue?

Team up with NABU to give the gift of literacy to children by creating your own personal fundraising campaign! By taking the Build a Book challenge, you can help create one amazing, high-quality, culturally responsive mother tongue storybook for kids!

Get started in two easy steps

Step 1

Set up a personal Build a Book page on GiveLively.

Choose your Build a Book campaign goal

  • $250 (manuscript/story creation)
  • $500 (illustration)
  • $750 (full book, story+illustration)

Step 2

Tell your friends & family, post on social media, and share your love of reading!

That’s it! Fully created books are published and made available for free on the app, which with daily use, increases literacy by 35%. Once you’ve completed and funded a book you will receive:

  • a link to the book within NABU’s app
  • your profile on NABU’s digital landing page Wall of Fame
  • acknowledgment; (name + book on social media and newsletter)
  • access to exclusive offerings throughout the NABU community

Build a Book. Let’s change the world, one story at a time!

African kid smiling


Your donation makes a difference. Join us in our mission to ensure every child has equal access to literacy and learning resources.


NABU is free for children, families, and teachers, thanks to our generous donors. Your donation can make a big difference:

  • $25 monthly subscription for one child: Provide access to the NABU app and hundreds of bilingual books for a child and their family
  • $45 monthly subscription for one classroom: Gift NABU to a teacher for use in their classrooms to support student learning
  • $1,500 to publish a children's book: Support our professional development initiatives, training local artists to create culturally relevant stories for children in their communities, with translations into 25 languages
  • $5,000 to sponsor a country-wide children's radio program:Expand our impact through storytelling radio programs across an entire country
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