Logo of Big Brother Mouse, publishing books in Laos

Meet the artists, writers, and staff

A photograph of Khamla Panyasouk

Khamla Panyasouk

Khamla Panyasouk is the original owner and publisher of Big Brother Mouse. He was born in 1983 in the village of Khon Kham, about 50 km from Luang Prabang. He started school when he was eight and was the first in his family to learn to read. More about Khamla

Nawla (Thipnouda) Itthipol

Try to write a book of fun rhymes - using only letters that start with A or B. That's roughly the challenge Nawla faces when she writes books for the easiest level in our "I Can Read!" series. That's not all she's written. More about Nawla

Souliphone teaching Lao sign language to schoolchildren

Souliphone Yanladsavong

We hired Souliphone as an artist, and his work has enlivened many books, such as The Yellow Book of Aesop's Fables, a book in our beginner series which only selected letters and avoid the most complex vowels (in which two or three vowels combine to make a new sound, which confuses beginning readers). Then we discovered that he has a relatively rare skill that children love. More about Souliphone

Longnee Her

Here's how you can express the number 23, using the number 2, four times: 22+(2/2). Longnee loves numbers so we asked him to come up with more puzzles like this. He proposed: Express 791 by using seven 8s. Answer, and more about Longnee


Vannaly Vongpaseuth

At our rural village book parties, we select from a wide range of activities for each event. A drawing lesson is always popular. We've experimented with several ways make this fun, encouraging kids to be creative and try something different, all within the space of 30 minutes. Here you see Vannaly presenting the art lesson. We've suggested various componets of a face: mouths, noses, eyes, eyebrows. Students pick some and draw an expressive face on a person, or, if they prefer, on a banana. More about Vannaly

Sakdaphone Keophachanh

Sakdaphone grew up in the city, and didn't know how to ride a buffalo until he was 11! Since then, he has developed not only that skill, but also his considerable talents for both writing and drawing. More about Sakdaphone


Bounyang Wuttisakdy

Not long ago, everyone agreed that "Lao People don't read." Bounyang not only loves to read; currently he's reading the same book for the third time, because he wants to be sure he understands it all. It's a book you probably know, and you'll be surprised at what it is... More about Bounyang and what he's reading

Ounla Santi

Ounla doesn't merely help Big Brother Mouse. He drew Big Brother Mouse. Whatever personality you see in our mascot's twinkling eyes and upturned nose, Ounla put it there. More about Ounla

Sone of Big Brother Mouse

Sonesoulilat Vongsouline

At age 16 Sonesoulilat, usually known as Sone, organized our first rural book party. That rapidly grew into what we now call the Joy of Reading project, through which we provide books to rural villages and schools. He has written two songs about books that we teach to children, and five books. More about Sone

A photograph of Siphone Siphone Wuttisakdy

Siphone Wuttisakdy

There was no school, television, radio, or books where Siphone was born. For entertainment, he listened to fairy tales told by his grandfather. Now, Siphone likes to retell those traditional Lao tales, and his many of his books are among our most popular titles. More about Siphone

Link Panyasouk

Like his older brother Khamla, Link spent many of his teenage years as a Buddhist novice. He worked hard to learn English, and puts his bilingual skills at work laying out books. But the book parties, where rural children see those books for the first time, are the high point of his week. More about Link

Boom-Boom, the book elephant


Boom-Boom is special in many respects. She's the biggest member of the Big Brother Mouse family. She's also the only one who can carry enough books for 6 villages, while still being able to pick up a banana with her nose. More about Boom-Boom

James (as in: Bond)

No martini jokes, please! James was only 16 when this was written, or at least that was his best guess, but he could already speak three quite different languages, design eye-catching book covers, and play the kaen. And a couple years later, he'd written his autobiography, which you can read. More about James

Sone with her first book.

Visone Leungtakoun

Visone, also known as Sone, joined our staff to help cook lunches, but went on to learn other new skills. She's now a published author. More about Visone

Seng Dao Bounsawan

Dao means "star" in Lao. Dao loves children as much as they love him, and when he has time to help at our book parties, he's always a star. He's also a talented artist, who was flown to Japan to receive one of his prizes. More about Dao

A photograph of Vannaled Sayyavong


What would you grab first if your house was on fire and you were five years old? Vannaled's choice tells something about him. More about Vannaled

Kham Toummalee

Kham finished secondary school without any interest in reading. Then Khamla brought her some fun books from Thailand (Big Brother Mouse hadn't published any books yet) and now she loves to read. More about Kham

A photograph of Yuphin

Yuphin Oulakone

Yuphin has quickly become an energetic member of our book party team. And she hopes to write stories about challenges she faced as a young teenager, and lessons she learned. More about Yuphin


Gikong was one of the first artists we hired. His strong sense of composition shines through in the pictures he drew for a book about Hmong culture and customs, that we will publish as a trilingual Lao, Hmong, and English book. Now he's taking on new responsibilities. More about Gikong

Lathsavong, translator at Big Brother Mouse

Lathsavong Syluanglath

Lathsavong comes from nearby Xieng Khoung province, where as a child he set himself a goal of learning English, and succeeded. Other things he did as a child were scarier. More about Lathsavong

Siphone Sengvandy

Khmu was Siphone's family language when he was a boy, but he didn't learn to write it until he came to Big Brother Mouse, and began collecting traditional Khmu folktales. That was also the first time he saw a book with color pictures. More about Siphone

A photograph of Chittakone Vilaipong

Chittakone Vilaipong

Since winning our second art contest, at age 14, Chittakone has illustrated many of our books, as well as writing one. He has developed a range of art styles. More about Chittakone

Thongkham Chanthavong

One of our earliest staffers, Thongkham compiled an alphabet book with several humorous pictures for each letter of the Lao alphabet. When it was published, he made a request that we believe has never before been said by an author. Find out what he said

Sasha Alyson

After running several businesses in the United States, Sasha first visited Laos in 2003. He never saw a single book in Lao on that visit, and that's when he got the idea for Big Brother Mouse. He now spends most of his time here, as a volunteer advisor for the project. More about Sasha