Logo of Big Brother Mouse, publishing books in Laos

6 October, 2010, Phakengnori 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 Terre des Hommes (Germany). Thank you!

The white powder children are holding is normally used as a face powder; in this case, it's used as part of a game.

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