Logo of Big Brother Mouse, publishing books in Laos

26 December, 2012, Dorn Village, Xayaboury 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 Jennifer Severn. Thank you!

In the third picture, Sone reads from Frog, Alligator, Buffalo, an alphabet book that uses short, funny rhymes to introduce each letter.

It was written by Khamla, the director of Big Brother Mouse, in 2005, and was one of our first books. Big Brother Mouse didn't even have a name yet, when Khamla wrote the book. This edition is printed in a large format, for classroom use, and provides a welcome change from the blackboard that teachers normally use.

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