FAVL's Burkina staff used your generous contributions to purchase 80 Fatou Keita books at a local Ouagadougou bookstore in late July (receipt above). That's 6 new books for each village library in Burkina Faso! (See attached spreadsheet.) FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, brought back books to distribute to the 7 libraries in Tuy province, as well as FAVL's libraries in northern Burkina Faso (Ouargaye, Béléhédé, Pobé-Mengao, Bougounam and Kiembara). It was wonderful to have new, colorful, and appealing books over the Burkinabé summer vacation. The Fatou Keita books saw heavy use at the summer reading camps held at our village libraries in Béréba, Kiembara, Niankorodougou, and Pobé-Mengao. The children were thrilled to have the new books.
Fatou Keita is the Ivoirian author of a wildly popular series of children's picture books. Her titles include Le Retour de la Voleuse des Sourires, Le Coq Qui Ne Voulait Plus Chanter, Sinabani, La Petite Dernière, and Le Boubou du Père Noël. The stories are set in familiar African settings, and each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text. The books are adapted to and reflect the lived experience of African village life, and are written at the primary school reading level to encourage emerging readers. Even younger children who can't yet read enjoy turning the pages of the books and marveling at the illustrations.
The 80 new books are being much enjoyed by children visiting FAVL's libraries, and librarians often feature the volumes during storytime!
We now have enough money to buy about 80 Fatou Keita books at bookstores here in Ouaga. That's 6 new books per village library in Burkina Faso! When FAVL's Activities Coordinator, Alidou Boué, is in Ouaga next week, we're going to purchase the books and he's going to bring him back books to distribute to the 7 libraries in his region. Now that it's summer vacation, we're excited to have some new and colorful books. We're also holding summer reading camps at some of the libraries, so the kids will be glad to see the new books.
As I've said before, "Fatou Keita" books are children's picture books written by Ivorian author, Fatou Keita. Titles include La Voleuse des Sourires, Le Coq Qui Ne Voulait Plus Chanter, Sinabani, La Petite Dernière, Le Billet de 10000 F. The stories are set in familiar African settings, and each page features a large, colorful illustration with a few lines of text. The books are really adapted to African life and the primary school reading level. Even younger children who can't yet read enjoy flipping through them and marveling at the illustrations.
The 80 new books will be very much enjoyed by children visiting the libraries, and librarians looking for new books to feature during storytime!
Meeting with Fatou Keita at Annual Ouaga Book Fair
Generous donations here on GlobalGiving will allow us to purchase 70 Fatou Keïta books for 13 village libraries in Burkina Faso. That means that each library will get at least 5 new colorful and culturally relevant picture books. We will be purchasing the books locally and distributing them to the libraries in the coming weeks.
Books by Ivorian author, Fatou Keïta, are great for elementary school-aged children who live in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Each page features a few sentences of developmentally appropriate French as well as a large colorful image that goes along with it. The characters and situations are taken right from village life, so kids want to read more because they relate easily to the characters and situations. Seeing characters like them in books encourages kids to read more and developing important reading skills which are essential to academic success.
We're excited to purchase the 70 new Fatou Keïta books in the next couple of weeks and distribute them to village libraries here in Burkina. We know the kids are excited to read them and will be thrilled to see more copies of their favorite books at the community library.
With the generous donations that we received from Regional Bonus Day, we will be able to purchase 42 new Fatou Keïta books. That means 3 new books for each village library! The books are the most popular in each of the libraries for elementary school kids. Even those who can't read yet love to look at their beautiful and colorful illustrations. Librarians often use them for story hours at their libraries and FAVL’s annual summer reading camps. We will purchase the new books at the beginning of the year. The kids who use the village libraries will be excited to get ahold of the new books and start reading them!
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