happy birthday lauren!
happy birthday lauren!
leadership and volunteerism training with our friends from Dangila.
lake walk with a few of my favorites!
mango and strawberry popsicles in Bahir Dar?!
Valentine’s day prep in Ethiopia!
Can you see the vandalism? We like to read every day. “yes we do” … I can’t decide if I’m annoyed or not.
aaron’s shoe shining by Abrham.
Kider. tinish astamari or “little teacher”.
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
(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!
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 FreemanCurious 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 SacharHumphery’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 Dahls
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 SilversteinThe I Love You Book, Todd Parr
The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne
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
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
Clearly the best 200 Birr (about $10) I’ve ever spent. Jesus and his pals enjoying the last supper Ethiopian style. That’s right, injera not bread.