Collect children‘s books


A well furnished library forms the heart of each of our learning centers. Community members find books in their local language as well as in foreign languages there. The courses taking place at our learning centers rely on quality educational materials. Many learning centers ask for easy-to-read English books. Mastering the English language allows community members to access information on what is happening in the world as well as find out about job end educational opportunities in their countries.


Since 2009, book champions have been supporting our learning centers with quality English children‘s books. By collecting and sorting books for people in need, they learn about learn about the educational chances of other people in the world. Anyone can be a book champion: an individual, a scout troop, a school or even a company. They all contribute on a voluntary basis.


Engaging as a book champion is easy, fun and hands on:

  1. Collect English children‘s books following our criteria
    • Check your bookshelf for children’s books which are in good condition.
    • Speak to your friends and family and collect books in your wider community.
    • Ask local libraries or publishers whether they would be willing to participate
  2. Send your books to our nearest collection hub
    • Check the addresses of our hubs in the UK, Germany and Switzerland below
    • Contact us in case you can put your donation onto a pallet. We may be able to pick it up directly.
  3. Experience your impact by
    • joining the yearly Sorting Event in the UK on the last weekend in July
    • getting updates in our Facebook Group on what happens with your books
    • read blog posts from our book champions


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our book champions in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.


Vicky Thompson
Hub UK
ukscouts [at]


Kay Legett
Hub UK
ukscouts [at]


Alan Hands
Hub UK
ukscouts [at]

Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith
Hub Germany
fis [at]


Carsten Rübsaamen
Hub Switzerland
carsten [at]

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What books are you looking for?
    To make sure that the the learning centers benefit of your books, please pay attention of the following points:

    • Focus on good quality books for children aged 6-12 years. No adult books!
    • Books have to be in good condition. No missing or falling-out pages.
    • Books should not be older than 10 years
    • Collect games like puzzles and children movies on DVDs. Our children love them.
    • Do not collect teaching materials or school text books. Our learning centers have their own text books.
    • Do not collect old VHS video cassettes. Our learning centers do not have any means to play them.
    • Do not collect books with racist, missionary, sexist or ethnocentric content
    • Do not donate books which center around your culture, e.g. books about diets, gardening or cooking
    • Do not collect books for adults.
    • Do not donate books in other languages than English. We buy local language books in the country.
  2. How do I get my books over to BOOKBRIDGE?
    If you have books matching our criteria posted below and you would like to donate them, please contact the contact person at the hub which is nearest to you to retrieve their postal address. See contact persons above for their e-mail addresses.
  3. Does BOOKBRIDGE support with transportation?
    Unfortunately, we are not able to financially support the transport of the books to the BOOKBRIDGE Hub. However, if you are able to put your book donation onto a pallet, we may be able to assist you in the pick up of your book donation.
  4. May I send books directly to the BOOKBRIDGE Office?
    No. This would only cause additional cost and work. Please contact the BOOKBRIDGE Hub in your country.
  5. Where do I find out about the next Sorting Event?
    Please check our Facebook Group for updates on where and when the next Sorting Event takes place. It usually coincides with the start of summer holidays in the UK at the end of July.
  6. Whom do I contact in case of further questions?
    Please send an E-Mail to Carsten at carsten [at] .

Watch past book sorting events: