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The Grey Go Away Bird for Book Aid International

James Barker

We are thrilled to be teaming up with Book Aid International to celebrate World Book Day on 2nd March. To mark the occasion, we are donating copies of our picture book The Grey Go-Away Bird to Book Aid International to help promote literacy in Africa but we need your help! 

To help create a bigger impact, we propose that for every copy of The Grey Go-Away Bird book you purchase from us we donate a book to Book Aid International on your behalf! 

Across Africa, millions of people are unable to fulfil their potential because of a basic lack of books and reading resources. Literacy and access to information have been shown to reduce poverty, providing opportunities for work, increasing household income, even improving the health of children. A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.

Book Aid International understands the pleasure and opportunities that reading can bring and believes everyone should have the opportunity to read. Through reading, people can change their own lives for the better and shape their own futures.

Your help is invaluable!

Our picture book tells the tale of The Grey Go-Away Bird – a real bird! –  can be found flying around Southern Africa. When alarmed, it emits a loud nasal sound which sounds like “goawaaay”.

The Grey Go-Away Bird is an original story, accompanied by innovative and quirky illustrations aimed predominantly at the 4-7 years age range, but will appeal to readers of all ages. The book is a gentle anti-bullying book with a difference that celebrates people’s unique qualities in a fun and unusual way.

The Grey Go-Away Bird is unlike the other birds on the island, and is often forgotten and overlooked by them. One day some smelly old bird-catchers arrive on the island and it's up to Grey Go-Away Bird to help the others before it's too late!

The Grey Go-Away Bird is an original story by author and illustrator James Barker. The illustrations were shortlisted for the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2014 and awarded merit by 3x3 Magazine.


Find out more about Book Aid International.

You can purchase your copy of The Grey Go-Away Bird picture book here.

Find out ways of getting involved in World Book Day.

 This campaign ends on 31 of March 11pm GMT. Books will be donated in April.