As we reach that stretch of days between Thanksgiving and Christmas we all begin to question the things we’re thankful for: our family and friends, that working car in the drive, sweet puppies that welcome us at the door, our health, Target. Living in Ethiopia I’ve realized that in the US I took a lot of things for granted. Living in one of the wealthiest countries on earth it’s easy to forget we’re blessed with things daily that some people in the world cannot even fathom– say, a quality education and books.
The first books I read as a child were Laura Ingles Wilde’s The Little House on the Prairie series. Each night before bed I would curl up on my queen sized bed with my grandma, mom, or dad and undertake the task that is reading the English language. At first it was slow going, but by the end of the series I was reading them to myself.
Think of your life without Rainbow Fish or The Giving Tree. The Boxcar Children or Harry Potter. A world without Dr. Suess. These books taught us how to share. They taught us about adventure and magic and the importance of giving. Now imagine your childhood without them. It’s a scary thought, right?
Now that you’re kind of depressed imagining a world without books, I want you to imagine how a student would feel to open these books, begin to decipher these words, and enter an entire new world of imagination and adventure. Imagine their joyous faces when they discover a new word. Imagine their jumbled words that will eventually start to flow smoothly. Imagine their surprise at fully illustrated pictures so lifelike they seem to jump off the page.
Now I want you to donate. Better World Books is an organization which sells cheap new and used books and ships them for free anywhere in the world– including to this girl’s PO box. If you want to make a difference in the lives of the students at Ras Desta Primary School for the cost of an average Starbucks drink, pick out a book or two (or five!) on the suggested list below (or any of your childhood favorites) and follow these directions:
- Go to www.betterworldbooks.com and search for the books.
- Pick the cheapest versions and add them to your cart.
- Send the books to: Lacy Feigh, PO Box 71, Yirgalem, SNNPR, Ethiopia. Where it gives you the option to send along a message list all of the books that you’ll be including with your order.
- Email me (email@example.com) with the names of the books you are sending so I can cross them off the list. Don’t worry about duplicates! Too many books is never a problem! Also, make sure to send me your address.
- Wait for your Thank You Card and photos from a student at Ras Desta School.
This holiday season help me give these students the gift that keeps on giving: books!
“The Lion’s Whiskers and Other Ethiopian Tales” by Brent K. Ashabranner
“The Fire on the Mountain, and Other Stories from Ethiopia and Eritrea” by Harold Courlander et al,
“The Perfect Orange” by Frank P. Araujo
A Bear Called Paddington
Alices Adventures in Wonderland
A Chair for My Mother
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
Anne of Green Gables
Are You My Mother?
A Very Hungry Caterpillar
A Wrinkle in Time
Basil of Baker Street
Bernstein Bears Series
Bread and Jam for Frances
Big Red Lollipop
Black on White
Bridge to Terabithia
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bud, Not Buddy
Caps for Sale
Cat in the Hat
Clarice Bean, That’s Me
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Counting Kisses: A Kiss and Read Book
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Diary of a Worm
Diary of a Young Girl
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Frog and Toad Are Friends
George and Martha
Go, Dog, Go!
Good Night Gorilla
Good Night Moon
Green Eggs and Ham
Guess How Much I Love You?
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harriet the Spy
Harry Potter Series
Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Hi! Fly Guy
Hunger Games Series
I Took the Moon for a Walk
Island of the Blue Dolphins
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
In the Night Kitchen
James and the Giant Peach
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Little House on the Prairie Series
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Llama Llama Red Pajama
Magic School Bus All Dried Up
Make Way for Ducklings
Martin’s Big Words
My Name is Yoon
Moo, Baa, La La La
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
My Truck is Stuck
No No Yes Yes
Not a Box Ages 4-7
Number the Stars
Oh, the Places You’ll Go
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Pat the Bunny
Peek a Who
Puss in Boots
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
Ramona the Pest
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose
Tea with Milk
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
Ten, Nine, Eight
The Art Lesson
The Bad Beginning
The Adventures of Tintin
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Hundred and One Dalmatians
The LIttle Prince
The Story of Babar
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Trumpet and the Swan
The Boxcar Children Series
The Composition Ages 8-10
The Giving Tree
The House at Pooh Corner
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Lightning Thief
The Lion and the Mouse
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Little Engine that Could
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
The Magic School Bus Series
The Maze of Bones
The Mitten The Napping House
The Paper Bag Princess
The Phantom Tollboth
The Polar Express
The Runaway Bunny
The Secret Garden
The Story of Ferdinand
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Wind in the Willows
Through My Eyes
When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The Snowy Day
Vlad the Drac
What Do People Do All Day?
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
What Shall We Do With the Boo Hoo Baby?
Where the Wild Things Are
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
Winnie The Pooh
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Would you Rather
*English Teaching Books
Chicken Soup for the Teachers’ Soul
Games in Teaching English as a Foreign Language by: Nomi Kun
Multiple Choice- A Useful Testing Method for Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Teaching Grammar by: Jim Scrivener
The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide: Ready-to-Uuse Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching ENglish Language Learners of All Levels
99 Ideas and Activites for Teaching English Learners with the Siop Model By: Mary Ellen Vogt
The Good Grammar Book: A Grammar Practice Book for Elementary to Lower-Intermediate Students of English
Grammar Games: Cognitive, Affective and Drama Activities for EFL Students
Treasures, a Reading/Language Arts Program, Grade 1, Book 2 Student Editions
*Teaching Aids: Multiples are welcome!
Webster’s American English Dictionary
Amharic English, English Amharic Dictionary: A Modern Dictionary of the Amharic Language By: Endale Zenawi
My Big Bag of 8 Sticker Books
Tear Up This Book!: The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, Doodle, and Journal Book for Girls!
*Really any sticker or coloring-type book if you search “stickers” or “coloring” many come up!