belize charity

Pack some books in your luggage and give the gift of reading with our

“BOOKS in BAGS” Program

Books for Belize

Have you "booked" your trip to Belize?

Do you have a little extra space in your bag for a few children's books?

What kinds of books are needed?

- New or gently used children's books
- Fun, silly, colorful books that encourage reading
- Early readers and pre-school books
- Children's chapter books
- English or Spanish
(NOT needed: adult books | torn, written in, or damaged books | school books or dictionaries)

Who will get the books?

The much-needed books are distributed for free to schools, libraries, and reading programs throughout Belize. Families also receive books at our giveaway events and book festivals and some are sold at low prices to be affordable and raise money for literacy events and shipping expenses.

Books can be given to the resort or hotel where you are staying. If they are not part of the “Books in Bags” program, please ask them to contact us through

About the Project

“Tek Time fi Read” (Belizean Kriol for “Take time to read”) is a project run by a Belizean youth group to encourage a love for reading in children and teens. The project is promoting literacy by collecting new and gently used children and teen books for distribution to families, schools, and libraries in Belize. 

The group believes that if children have FUN books they will see reading as FUN! Most children in Belize do not have reading books other than their school books. Affordable fun books are not readily available. The project has already distributed over 12,000 books and attracted national media attention. The youth have also renovated the local library, done book events in remote areas, organized large book festivals, and they have continuous requests from many schools and libraries.
30+ youth volunteers are involved in the project.

Books for Belize

Financial donations are also welcome to cover shipping, ordering books, and events:

Thank you for donating 😊

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