Who are we and what do we do?
Big Brother Mouse is a new project,publishing books that
make it fun and easy to learn to read. Today, few books
are available in Laos, and they rarely reach the villages
where most people live. Most children, especially in the
countryside, have never read a book except for a few
school textbooks, and some have not even read those. Few
Lao people think that reading is enjoyable, adds to their
knowledge, or improves their quality of life.
Big Brother Mouse wants to What our books have in
change these perceptions. common is making it fun
Our goal is to show the rich to read – so tooth decay is
diversity of experiences explained by some fun-loving
books can provide. Our tooth bacteria!
books include modern Our enterprise is 100%
adaptations of traditional Lao-owned. In addition to
Lao stories, local books publishing, we also teach
inspired by international publishing skills while
authors such as Dr. Seuss striving to increase reading
and non-fiction subjects and literacy country-wide.
ranging from dinosaurs to Our fast-growing enterprise
tooth decay and cartooning employs 8 Laotians aged 15
techniques. Some of our to 23, who are learning to
books are translated from write, draw, use computers,
other languages, but most and operate a business. After
are written with Lao culture two years of preparation,
and readers in mind. our first books, for beginner
Our books are a readers were published in
combination of Lao March 2006. We now also
language and Lao-English. publish for older readers.
The latter are useful for More than 20 books are in the
people of any age learning pipeline, and we have many
the languages. more at the ‘idea’ stage.
a lifetime of
What can you
Visit our shop in Luang Prabang to
meet the people writing, designing,
and publishing the books. Our
young artists welcome suggestions
about how to improve their work.
Our shop in Luang Prabang
is located between Vat Xieng If you have a little extra time, we
Mouane and Mixay Restaurant. often have English texts that need
We are also opening stores in proof-reading.
Vientiane and Luang Namtha. Buy books and give them to
Please look for our signs, or ask teachers, libraries or directly to
at your hotel or guesthouse. kids as you travel. Unlike candy or
Our shop is open 8am to 7pm, easily-broken toys, books benefit the
7 days a week. recipient and can be shared again
Check out our website for ideas and again. A single book can spark
about other ways to help, from a lifelong interest
within Laos and abroad. in reading.
$10 – Buys 7 books for a
$150 – Enables a book swap
party in a village
$1200-$1500 – Funds the
development of a new book
Tel (020) 5873 780 Luang Prabang, (020) 5819 552 Vientiane
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web www.bigbrothermouse.com 8