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11 January, 2013, Nakhoun 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 Royce Mussman (United States). Thank you!

What animal are they imitating in the second picture? Here in the office, writing captions, we're not actually sure. The book party teams often try new ideas. The "Act like a monkey" game is pretty easy to recognize; perhaps this game was "Act like a duck." They clearly enjoyed it.

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