Logo of Big Brother Mouse, publishing books in Laos

4 December, 2009, Norngchorng Village, Luang Prabang Province, Laos

Book party: At book parties we read from books, play games, and sing songs. At the end of each book party, every student gets to choose a book, usually the first book they've ever owned. Then we give more to the school. Our book parties have two goals. First, we get children excited about books. (Previously, most of them had seen textbooks, but never a book they were eager to read.) Second, we observe closely, to see what books are most avidly read, what's needed, and what techniques help spread a love of reading.

This event was sponsored by Marjorie Gorin (United States). Thank you!

"Books that make literacy fun!" is our slogan. Books, literacy, and fun all play a role at our book parties. By creating a day that kids will never forget, we leave them not just with their first book, but warm memories of the day they got it. Here, they get an art lesson and drawing time, then play a game with face powder, before getting their books.

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