Logo of Big Brother Mouse, publishing books in Laos

23 December, 2009, Sorngneua 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 Lyle and Agnes Schaller (United States). Thank you!

We have four or five people on each book party team. Here's Sengdao in action. He's an artist (he illustrated our book I Will See the Moon) who has also been helping at Big Brother Mouse ever since he was in high school, and we were in our very first year.

Sengdao loves helping children have a good time, especially when he can get them enthused about reading.

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