Kids' Books Bolivia

Welcome to Kids’ Books Bolivia

Kids’ Books Bolivia is a series of bilingual children’s books written by undergraduate students on the SIT Study Abroad Program in Cochabamba, Bolivia.  This reciprocity project contributes to the production of affordable books celebrating Bolivian reality and serves to raise international awareness about Bolivia’s rich cultures and pressing social issues.

We use all proceeds to subsidize low-cost books, book donations and workshops for Bolivian children, schools, libraries, community organizations and literacy programs.

What's New

CentroNía: A Window to Bolivia in Washington, DC

May 2014

CentroNía is a nationally recognized multicultural learning community based in Washington, DC. CentroNía’s mission is to educate children and youth and strengthen families in a bilingual, multicultural environment. The CentroNía family includes over 2,500 students and families in Washington, DC and Takoma Park, Maryland — and with the help of Kids’ Books Bolivia, CentroNía’s Library is bringing stories of Bolivian culture, cuisine, social issues, daily life, and customs of indigenous communities to those we serve.

CentroNía works to ensure academic excellence and reinforce the importance of reading and learning at school and at home. The generous donation of Kids’ Books Bolivia will give CentroNía’s students access to nearly 60 new bilingual and trilingual books written by undergraduate students studying abroad in Bolivia. These titles will be used in CentroNía’s community library, classrooms and homes to increase bilingual literacy and teach children about the colorful culture of Bolivia.

A big thank you from the children and families of CentroNía to Kids’ Books Bolivia!

To learn more about CentroNía and how to get involved, visit
www.centronia.org/get-involved!

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Skylar Sasson Makes an Impression at Avenues: The World School

July 2013

During the months of May and June 2013, Skylar Sasson presented I Always Dreamed of Having a Store to several students at Avenues: The World School. Skylar began by reading to a class of third-graders on the afternoon of May 23, 2013. She was pleasantly astounded by their mature behavior and insightful inquiries and was excited to share new Spanish and Aymara words with the language-learning students.

Similarly, Avenues’ librarians were extraordinarily impressed with Skylar’s story and her interactions with the students. They not only invited her back to present to another third-grade class on June 4, 2013, but the school’s librarians also offered her the opportunity to be considered for the newly created position of Associate Librarian at Avenues NYC.

Through the “avenue” of I Always Dreamed of Having a Store and Kids’ Books Bolivia, Skylar developed a strong partnership with both the unique and newsworthy program of Avenues: The World School, as well as with its students and their teachers.

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Skylar Sasson reads I Always Dreamed of Having a Store as students watch the on-screen digital copy of her book, as well as her PowerPoint presentation photos and slides.

Kids’ Books Bolivia at Feria de la Lectura in Sucre

April 2013

Kids’ Books Bolivia was invited to participate in the 2nd Feria de la Lectura in Sucre, Bolivia on April 27, 2013. This event was organized by La Fundación BibliWorks and included expositions and activities by a number of organizations working with children and youth in Bolivia. The event was attended by children from dozens of elementary and high schools in Sucre. Heidi Baer-Postigo represented Kids’ Books Bolivia at the event, accompanied by SIT Bolivia alumna Aliya Ellenby of Colectivo Katari and Julie Kurtz of Comunidad Ecoactiva Kusikuna. They organized activities with children using our new educator toolkits recently developed for use with 12 of the children’s books written by students on the SIT Bolivia program. The new educator toolkits are currently at press and will be available by the end of this week.

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