Books & stationery

BooksSchool Aid sends primarily books, but also a variety of other educational resources including stationery, all types of games, and arts and craft materials.

As a basic guide, we are looking for books of all types from pre-school up to secondary GCSE level. This does however change month-by-month, and depends on our current and approaching projects. We do urge you to take a look at the list on the link below before you donate, just to check what we are looking for today:

What items can I donate?

The following list details the items that are desperately needed by African schools today, specifically what we need right now. The items on this page change regularly. Please take a good look as you may be surprised by some of the items we are able to use.


We are accepting:


  • Reading schemes – urgently required
  • All reading books
  • Textbooks
  • Dictionaries
  • Reference books


  • All reading books – books for 11-16 year olds in great demand
  • Reading schemes – urgently required
  • Reference books
  • Dictionaries
  • Textbooks


  • Exercise books/notebooks
  • Graph/squared paper
  • Art paper/coloured paper
  • Printer paper/plain paper
  • Pencils, ballpoint pens
  • Chalk – white and coloured
  • Crayons, colouring pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners, rubbers
  • A4 pads
  • Paper hole-punchers
  • Paperclips, staplers & staples
  • Colouring books
  • Paints, paintbrushes, scissors
  • Glue, sticky tape, stamp pads and ink
  • Post-it notes, magnifying glasses
  • Posters
  • Rulers, compasses, protractors
  • Calculators (SOLAR NOT BATTERY)

We are NOT accepting:

  • School uniform
  • Sport kits

We can NEVER use:

  • Adult novels
  • Encyclopaedias
  • Foreign-language books
  • UK history, economics, geography or sociology books
  • UK gardening or cookery books
  • Laboratory equipment (contact LabAid)
  • Knitting and sewing machines (contact Workaid)
  • Computer equipment (contact IT Schools Africa)
  • Files A4 size and larger
  • DVD's, VHS, CD's and cassettes