Books in the Library at Joska Girls / Kausyani

2017   September 30

There are many books available for reading at the new library.  There are plans for the near future to equip all of the MOHI libraries with quality fiction and non-fiction books.  In the meantime, read the books available.

22090089_1869392129742326_6076013032879902331_nA special note regarding a certain set of books:   “The Oregon Math”  books.  

(The books are shown in this photo –  bright green and bright pink tape on the binding.  Even though these books are NOT part of the Kenya Maths curriculum, they provide  good information about math topics. The approach is much different than the way math is taught in the classrooms and THAT is why these books are a good resource for students.  For example, perhaps a lesson is taught in class about multiplying fractions.  Perhaps a student is not understanding fully the concept.  This student might look up the topic in one of these books and read the chapters. Because the books teach/show multiplying fractions in a different light (i.e.: taught with a different approach), it might make better sense to the student.  The method os teaching in the books is NOT better than the way the MOHI staff teaches.  NO !  It simply is a varied look at fractions.                                                                                                   Do you remember learning about “Multiple Intelligences” and “Learning Styles”?  This is an example of teaching and using resources that address students that learn in varying ways.  I hope this makes sense.  (If not, email me at :              So, please investigate the bright pink and bright green math books (at Joska).  Encourage students AND teachers to use them as resources.                                                                           Keep up the GREAT work as educators of the students who are Kenya’s (and the world’s) future!                                                                 – LeeAnne 


A New Reading Book has arrived!


This lovely book was written by Merilee Schmidt, a young wife, mother, and teacher.  Written from the point of view of a child in Mathare, it explores ways his neighbors count to ten.

The artist, Jerry Dame, has brilliantly captured Mathare life.

Delightfully written, beautifully illustrated, this book is sure to be a hit with students and teachers alike.

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MORE New Books have arrived

It’s what we’ve been waiting for!  New BOOKS !! !

Teachers !  Be sure to have your students read the THREE NEW Made-4-MOHI books:

Bird Beaks and Feet-  This is a great resource for science teachers.  It teaches the reader about looking at the beaks of birds to tell what the bird eats.  For instance,  hawks have beaks that look like a hook.  This is so they can tear the flesh and meat off of their prey.

This books also teaches readers to look at a bird’s feet to see where it goes.  For example:  a duck has webbed feet to help it swim in the water.

This is book features beautiful photographs.

The second book. Tweets Greet, features our old friends the Tweets.  This time, the Tweets help the young readers in learning greetings of various kinds.   It’s a fun and colourful book.

Oh, by the way.  The original artwork for this book has been sent to MOHI.  Be on the lookout.   Perhaps your school’s library can host a picture or two.

As your students read these new books, please include comments (below) or suggestions.

Don’t forget, we’re looking for writers and/or illustrators for future Made-4-MOHI books.  Volunteer now!



Teachers !  Be sure to have your students read the THREE NEW Made-4-MOHI books:

Yes!  THREE NEW Made-4-MOHI books have arrived!  Teachers !  Be sure to have your students read these:

  1.  Tweets Travel – The Tweets are back and they want to take a trip upcountry.  How will they get there?  By car? By boat?  By train?  You’ll have to read the book to find out!
  2. The Old Water Hole – A delightful book for older students.  This book features poems and stories of animals on the Mara.
  3. I Wanted a Swan, God Gave Me a Goose – A beautiful book of photographs and story of an unexpected gift from God. This is a non-fiction book for upper elementary students.


Teachers !  Be sure to have your students read the  NEW Made-4-MOHI books:

The Foolish Animals – The animals see how wanting what someone else has can cause trouble for themselves.

Counting Tweets – Those lovable birds are helping us learn about  counting,  colors,  and adjectives.   (And the Tweets will be featured in a book coming soon:  The Tweets Travel!)

The Growing Surprise – A young girl saves a seedling from the footpath, and soon discovers what type of plant it is.  This book is is helpful for learning about how seeds grow into plants.  (Science Unit 3)

Other Made-4-MOHI books  in your libraries include:  Safari, Lunch, and Godly Woman (for older students).

 The Old Water Hole (for older students),  I Wanted a Swan (a great photo-journey through the birth of a goose), and The Tweets Travel (those adorable birds travel upcountry but must determine what mode of transportation is best for them)

Coming very soon: Beaks and Feet (classifying birds) and  Tweets Greet (greetings).

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Happy Reading !



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