Supporting literacy in Laos: more village "book parties"

You've seen it on our home page: "For every piece you buy, we give a child in Laos their very first book, published by Big Brother Mouse."

Big Brother Mouse, a pioneering Lao-owned book publishing social enterprise, developed book parties to distribute books to kids in schools in rural Laos. Often lessons are only offered to these children on blackboards or with a few textbooks, so the opportunity to enter a world of books is new to most kids in Laos. Young staff visit each school with a box of books -- one for each child to choose -- along with their enthusiasm to excite the children about reading and to open the doors to new worlds and new ideas.

You can sponsor a book party of your own. Next time you have a birthday or other celebration, consider this -- give the gift of reading.

The latest book parties from our 2011 donation -- thanks to our customers' support -- are captured in these photos. Thank you!

Ban Pansom, Feb. 22, 2012: 216 books donated

Ban Kasuakua, May 4, 2012: 212 books donated

For more links to our stories about Big Brother Mouse, including our amazing bicycle trip to Northeast Laos, visit our website.