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A Thinking Nation

A reading nation is a thinking nation, but unfortunately many public and informal primary schools do not have functional libraries. Start a Library wants to change this by providing primary schools with storybooks…the kind of books that will whet their appetite for books, and have them fall in love with reading. We want to help get high quality local storybooks to children; after all it is essential for children to see their world in books, and identify with the characters in the pages. Our dream is to see a book in every hand.

Did You Know….An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development study (OECD, 2002) showed that  reading for enjoyment is more important for a child’s educational success than their families socio economic status

Start a Library matches book lovers like you with future book lovers. You can spread the joy of reading, and donate books to schools to ‘Start a Library’.  Check out our schools page to see some of the schools that Start A library is partnering with.

The Annual Read Aloud Events

Start a Library is part of the Kenyan Reading Revolution, which aims at exciting children about reading for pleasure, and nurturing a generation of creative thinkers.

The Read Aloud Events are part of the Reading Revolution. During read aloud events, children, teachers, parents and other stakeholders participate in concurrent reading of the same text at schools and libraries across the country. To find out how you and your community can participate, contact us at startalibrary@storymojaafrica.co.ke or call 0722451346


Start A Library at the Storymoja Hay Festival #SMHF



The Hay festival is not only a five-day international celebration of ideas, stories, writing and culture through books, live discussions, storytelling, skits, music, demonstrations, workshops, open-mike sessions, debates, exhibitions, live performances and competitions, but an event that opens up a world of possibilities.

This year’s theme: “…Waza dunia…” ”…Imagine the world”

Full detail on Start A library at the Storymoja Hay festival.

How can you get involved?