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1. The internet is back! 2. Ernest the girl cat has a new home! We miss her like crazy, but…. excited to be one step closer to Americaland!

1. The internet is back! 2. Ernest the girl cat has a new home! We miss her like crazy, but…. excited to be one step closer to Americaland!

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Can you see the vandalism? We like to read every day. “yes we do”  … I can’t decide if I’m annoyed or not.

Can you see the vandalism? We like to read every day. “yes we do” … I can’t decide if I’m annoyed or not.

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Donate Books!

Dear Family & Friends,

Sarah’s primary Peace Corps project is teaching English to a class of OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) at a local primary school in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.  Last year we were lucky enough to receive a small donation of English children’s books from Peace Corps & Books For Africa. Sarah’s students have benefited immensely from those books. Each school night the students take home a book and as a result their English reading skills have drastically improved.

Now, we want to expand our library but we need your help! At Betterworldbooks.com you can buy cheap used books with FREE shipping to Ethiopia! We’ve created a wish list of books for the class. However, you are welcome to send other books that YOU love! The students vary in their English reading abilities so you’ll see a wide range of levels.

If you’d like to help here’s what you can do:

1) Choose a book (or 2 or 3!) from the wish list (In the post below!). Note that books already purchased will be crossed out! 

2) Go to betterworldbooks.com and use the search bar in the header to find the book of your choice. Choose the cheapest used option! Please send the book to:

Sarah  (or Aaron) Arnold
P.O. Box 456
Bahir Dar 

(I know… I know… it’s really strange we don’t have zip codes in Ethiopia)

3) Send Sarah an email indicating which book you plan to order (that way we can update the wish list).


4) Anxiously await your thank you card from Ethiopia!

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Book Wish List!

Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery
Are You My Mother?, P. D. Eastman
Birds , Kevin Henkes
Black on White, Tana Hoban 
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?, Eric Carle
Charlotte’s Web, E.E. White
Chicka Ckicka Boom Boom, Bill, Jr. Martin , John Archambault
Children’s World Atlas, Simon Adams
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,
 Children’s World Atlas

Chopsticks, Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Corduroy, Don Freeman
Curious George, H.A. Rey
Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap-book, Rod Campbell
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Mo Williams

Esperanza Rising, Pam Muñoz Ryan
Fancy Nancy, Jane O’Conner (any Fancy Nancy books)
Freight Train, Donald Crews
Frog and Toad Are Friends, Arnold Lobel
Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss
Grumpy Bird, Jeremy Tankard
Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Annie Kubler
Holes, Louis Sachar
Humphery’s First Christmas, Carol Heyer
I Took the Moon for a Walk, Carolyn Curtis
Interrupting Chicken, David Ezra Stein
James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, Simms Taback
Jumanji, Chris Van Allsburg 
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Doreen Rappaport
Matilda, Roald Dahl
Max’s Christmas, Rosemary Well
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Virginia Lee Burton
My Heart is Like a Zoo, Michael Hall

My Truck Is Stuck, Kevin Lewis
No, David!, David Shannon
Not a Box, Antoinette Portis
Peek-a-Who?, Nina Laden
Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren
Puss in Boots, Charles Perault
Ralph Tells a Story, Abby Hanlon
Rules, Cynthia Lord
Seeds of Change, Jen Cullerton Johnson
Smile!, Roberta Grobel
Splat the Cat, Rob Scotton
Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch, Eleen Spinelli
Tea with Milk, Allen Say
The BFG, Roald Dahl
The Candy Corn Contest, Patricia Riley Gill
The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss
The Dot, Peter H. Reynolds
The Everything Kids’ Giant Book of Jokes, Riddles, and Brain Teasers, Michael Dahl
The Giver, Lois Lowery
The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne
The I Love You Book, Todd Parr
The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks
The Invention of Hugo Cabret,  Brian Selznick
The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkeny
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S.Lewis
The Little Engine that Could, Watty Piper
The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
The Mitten, Jan Brett
The Mousehole Cat, Antonia Barber
The Reader, Amy Hest

The Red Book, David Wiesner
The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown
The Secret Garden, Francis Hodgson Burnett
The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf
The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges
Tikki Tikki Tembo, Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
Tuesday, David Wiesner
What Do People Do All Day?, Richard Scarry
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson, Pam Muñoz Ryan
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin
Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears, Verna Aardema
Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne

Teaching Materials:

Children’s Illustrated Dictionary 
Children’s Illustrated Thesaurus
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus 
The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Grades
Phonics Flash Cards
Making Big Words, Grades 3-6: Multilevel, Hands-On Spelling and Phonics Activities, Patricia M. Cunningham


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