Logo of Big Brother Mouse, publishing books in Laos

2 May, 2018, Huaikhor Village, Luang Prabang Province, Laos

Launching a Reading Program: For our reading program, we give enough books to each classroom in the school so that children can read every day. Often called "Sustained Silent Reading", this approach develops reading skills, a love of reading, and a habit of reading. We launch the program with a book party, show here. For one full morning or afternoon, our team reads aloud, talks about books, leads outdoor games, and teaches songs about books and reading. At the end, every child gets to choose a book of their own, in addition to the books we leave in the classrooms. Then, beginning in 2015, we do more follow-up visits with the school to be sure the program is set up successfully.

This event was sponsored by Terre des Hommes (Germany) and Yatai Food Cart, Denver, CO, USA (United States). Thank you!

What does it take to spread literacy? It would be wonderful if one flashy, high-profile deed was enough. But it's not. The "secret" is figuring out what works, then doing it again, and again, in one village after another, as you'll see on these pages.

Years after our first book parties, we can see vivid changes in the schools that we've been able to visit repeatedly. We're ready to continue. You can help by sponsoring a book party and reading program. Please click here for details.

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