Our ultimate goal is for Big Brother Mouse to be a self-sufficient book publisher. But in a country where the median annual income is about $500-$600 U.S. a year, it will take time to reach that goal. Through sales and donations from visitors, we're able to cover our overhead and some printing costs. But we still need sponsors to contribute most of the printing expense, or these books won't get printed. Can you help?
Sponsors get a thank-you in the book, of course – Lao mice are nothing if we're not polite – and the satisfaction of helping us publish one more book in a country where that's still a rare event. Your donation goes directly to help with printing costs. In addition, by expanding our inventory, we can hold more book parties and sponsor more mini-libraries in rural villages.
First – being a Lao mouse – we wish to thank current sponsors. And now, here are...
Books that need a sponsor: (all amounts are in U.S. dollars)
THE PARABLES OF WAT XIENG THONG
The glass mosaic stories that decorate the walls at Wat Xieng Thong have fascinated visitors for decades. Each set illustrates a parable told by the legendary hero Siaosawat. Here we have collected all the stories, beautifully illustrated with photographs of the mosaics.
English. Sponsorship: US $5000
NALY'S HMONG NEW YEAR
With colorful pictures and brief captions, Naly describes the preparations and celebration of the biggest Hmong festival. Her sister cooks the traditional food; her older brother carves a spinning top, her grandfather ties the basi knots.
Lao language. Sponsorship: US $1000
WHAT AM I DOING?
Readers match Lao verbs with cartoons that demonstrate the words in action. Very new readers will improve their reading skills. Older children, as they discuss each page with others, will develop their vocabulary. And everybody will have fun.
Lao language. Sponsorship: US $900
I AM TAI DAM
Tai Dam children and their teacher, in Luang Namtha province, illustrated this book about their culture. Page by page, they tell about traditional clothes, planting crops, weaving, dances, games, food, and more.
Lao language. Sponsorship: US $1100
THE NAUGHTY RABBIT
Three original stories by Vannalet will entertain young readers, while also showing the consequences of bad behavior. Vannalet wrote this collection after more than a year at Big Brother Mouse, where he had opportunities to read, tell stories, and improve his writing skills.
Lao language. Sponsorship: US $1800
I AM GEUM
A generation of western children have learned to read, from the Dr. Seuss classic "Green Eggs and Ham". Three of our staff came up with a new question: "Do you like to read?" and combined elements of Dr. Seuss's structure with their own ideas and a Lao setting.
Lao language. Sponsorship: US $1500
LAO NEW YEAR
The 3-day Lao New Year festival is the biggest holiday of the year in Laos, in the hottest month. While all ages will enjoy these festive photographs, this book is particularly intended for new readers, with one large word and a short sentence on each page.
Lao language. Sponsorship: US $1000
Can you help? Donations can be made be credit card or by bank transfer, or by sending a check from a USA or Australian bank to our affiliated organizations in those countries. Full details are on the donate page.
Sponsors will get a thank-you both in the book, and on our website. If you prefer not to have your name appear, or would like to be listed in a particular way (as a business, for example, or with a partner's name), please let us know.
If you're considering this, you may find it interesting to see other sponsors tell Why we brought a book to life in Laos.