October 8, 2016

Kids’ Books Bolivia (KBB) was invited to present on October 7 at the 2016 IBBY South America Conference (International Board on Books for Young People). Co-presenters were Heidi Baer-Postigo, Academic Director of SIT Bolivia and Founding Director of KBB, and local arts-educator Aliya Ellenby (Spring 2006 SIT Bolivia alum), creator of the KBB Educator Toolkits (published in 2012 with a grant from the International Reading Association).

They p...

October 18, 2015

In October 2015, SIT Bolivia donated copies of the book My Shawl, My Village, and My Heart to every family (and the school) in the community about which the book was written. Author Carly Krystyniak did her month-long Independent Research Project in Santa Rita during Fall 2013, where she lived with a family of weavers and was inspired by the women’s community weaving project.

May 1, 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,...

July 6, 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 surprised 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 extra...

April 28, 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 BiblioWorks 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 S...

April 7, 2013

On April 5, 2013, Skylar Sasson returned to her alma mater, The Calhoun School, in New York City to share I Always Dreamed of Having a Store (Siempre he soñado tener una tienda) with a group of nearly fifty fifth-graders. Since Calhoun purchased a classroom set of forty copies, most students had already read the book as an assignment for their Spanish class. Skylar’s presenting the book aloud in both Spanish and English solidified students’ under...

October 12, 2012

On October 9, 2012, Skylar Sasson traveled to P.S. 171 in East Harlem, New York City to read her book, I Always Dreamed of Having a Store, to a group of 30 fourth and fifth graders in the GOAL after school program. GOAL (Giving Open Access to Learning) is a NYC-based nonprofit that provides structured educational and motivational programs for kids in underserved NY communities. As a student-centered after school program, GOAL represents...

May 12, 2012

Kids’ Books Bolivia (KBB) was prominently showcased in May 2012 at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. A description of KBB and its publications were on display during NAFSA’s Poster Session Fair, “Peace & Social Justice: Global Citizenship Revisited.” SIT’s University Relations Managers, Louis Berends, Ph.D. and Karen Kray, M.S. presented on World Learning’s Global Reciprocity Fund with the post...

March 18, 2012

Kids’ Books Bolivia received a small grant from the International Reading Association for literacy projects in countries with developing economies. This grant will be used to create educator toolkits for 12 of the books in our collection. We are working with Colectivo Katari to develop activities, suggestions and further teaching resources, allowing educators to use the books as a springboard for deepening understanding and appreciation for the c...

November 14, 2011

For the second year in a row, a booth was set up to sell the Kids’ Books Bolivia series at the Jubilee International Marketplace, a fair trade sale held annually at First Presbyterian Church in Spokane, Washington. The booth was hosted by Steve and Kristine Walker, parents of Karina Walker, author of Kids Work Too. Many people who came to the booth expressed interest in the project and 101 books were sold!

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