Meet Yaya!

This month’s blog is a guest post by D Yael Bernhard and reprinted from her site with permission. Meet Yaya! This energetic young fellow is the main character in my forthcoming picture book, Yaya, Come Here!, to be published by Open Hearts Big Dreams, a wonderful literacy program that is bringing books to over 40 million …

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Junior Board Blog Series: Julia Mayner – Why I Joined OHBD

I got involved with Open Hearts Big Dreams (OHBD) during the 2016 fall semester of my sophomore year in college. I knew very little about the organization, other than that the people involved are continuously working toward something great and that joining served as a phenomenal opportunity to learn and serve. My mother is friends …

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Books: Ready, Set, Go!

When I helped start Ethiopia Reads in the 1990s, there was little support for childhood literacy in Ethiopia. Even though the government had lofty goals for getting more children into school (and was generally meeting those goals), many schools had under-trained teachers and no books.  Ethiopia Reads focused on shipping English-language books and planting libraries …

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