Camel Book Drive

Donate To Kenya’s Mobile Library

About the Camel Bookmobile


HOW and WHERE to donate books or money (including what kinds of books to send, and what not to send.)

Wish Lists: Amazon, Powell’s, Swahili, Swahili, Somali, Somali

Note to Book Clubs

The language question: Why books in English?

List of donors

Camel bookmobile photographs.

Camel bookmobile video

Camel Book Drive on BBC Radio

camel-bookmobile-cover.jpgThe Camel Bookmobile reviews

Story behind the book, and invented mosquito quotes

Email from the real camel librarian, Mr. Farah.

Emails from donors.



  1. Why not reformat this to be a one page PDF that you can supply a link to, so that we can print it out and post it at our local libraries?

    Many libraries have used book sales to raise funds for their own operations. If this were to be posted in the book sale rooms, both the local library and the camel book drive could benefit.

    Comment by Carol Maltby | February 21, 2007 | Reply

  2. I wrote a paper for my International Librarianship class on mobile libraries in subsaharan Africa which included this camel service in Kenya. There is a wonderful childrens book about mobile libraries all over the world. Boats, motorcycles, tricycles and elephants are used in Thailand. Bicycles are used in Peru. A flowerseller in Colombia takes flowers to market and returns with his basket full of library books for his village. There is a mobile library service provided by donkeys in Zimbabwe. Mali had a traincar library service. The coolest program I’ve read about is “Digi” a digital mobile bookmobile started in Uganda by Anywhere Books. They actually print (in native languages) stories that are in the public domain that are available online and give the paper copy to children in hard-to-reach places in Uganda. I really love the creativity of human beings and the power of print and learning!!!

    Comment by Karin Heffernan | February 23, 2007 | Reply

  3. I think this is a great Idea.Having gone through schools with no books, enough teachers and harsh living conditions..we appreciate this kind of effort geared to minimize illiteracy.

    This should be supported by all.

    Comment by Ibraheem's | March 28, 2007 | Reply

  4. Im a high school student interested in helping and spreading the word about this cause. I was wondering if we can donate other things other then books? Like food for the camels or something?

    Comment by Kristin Bruner | January 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. I believe this a very worthy cause and will help many people.Coming from the Pokot tribe,I know and understand the need for literacy.Having just finished my national exam and have plenty of time am wondering how I can help besides donate books.

    Comment by Anita Lopokoiyit | January 9, 2009 | Reply

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