Logo of Big Brother Mouse, publishing books in Laos
 

A book for every child

Do you remember the first time you were captivated by a fun, exciting book?

Children at a rural book party as they discover the fun of reading

Do you remember the excitement of rushing home to read a book that you hoped would never end?

Many Lao children have no such memories, because they've never seen a book that was fun or exciting to read. Some have shared textbooks; others have never seen a book at all. We sometimes have to explain how books work: "Look, if you turn the page, there's more!"

We're Big Brother Mouse, a Lao-based, Lao-owned project. Since 2006, we've been publishing "books that make literacy fun!"

Until now, few books were published in the Lao Language. Many people in Lao villages never saw a book. Big Brother Mouse is already changing that, but we still have far to go.

We're not just a publisher. We give hands-on experience to young people as they learn new skills: writing, editing, translating, computer use, and organizing events. We're also developing effective new ways to distribute books in a country where currently, there's no good system for that. And we're building toward the day when publishing books is a self-sustaining enterprise: As of the 2014-15 school year, we ask villages that can afford to do so to pay half the cost of their school's reading program.

Big Brother Mouse is based in Luang Prabang, Laos; we also have a shop in Vientiane. Please come visit if you're in Laos. If you're not, you can learn more from this website, and we hope you'll want to help children have the joy of owning their very first book.

Children at a rural book party in Laos

 

Every child reading, every day: We "make literacy fun" by holding book parties in rural Lao schools. Then we leave enough books in every classroom for a sustained silent reading program. Every day, children spend time reading. They never had an opportunity for that before

The Story of Big Brother Mouse offers a lively introduction to what we do. We invite you to download this PDF and share with friends: The Story of Big Brother Mouse. Also available in German and Japanese editions; other languages are in preparation.