Announcing the Spirit of PaperTigers Project


Today we are thrilled to be announcing our Spirit of PaperTigers Project, an initiative of Pacific Rim Voices, whose aim is to promote literacy while raising awareness of our common humanity. The idea is to donate 100 book sets of 7 carefully selected multicultural books to libraries and schools in areas of need across the globe.

The following titles have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 Book Set:

paw_smPlanting The Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai, by Claire A. Nivola. Frances Foster Books, 2008.

paw_smFirst Come the Zebra, by Lynne Barash. Lee & Low, 2009.

paw_smLittle Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing, by Guo Yue and Clare Farrow, illustrated by Helen Cann. Barefoot Books, 2008.

paw_smThe Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos, by Lucia Gonzalez, illustrated by Lulu Delacre. Children’s Book Press, 2008.

paw_smMy Little Round House, by Bolormaa Baasansuren, English adaptation by Helen Mixter. Groundwood Books, 2009.

paw_smOne Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, by Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes. Kids Can Press, 2008.

paw_smWhere The Mountain Meets The Moon, by Grace Lin. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009.

Our website currently highlights all the authors and illustrators whose books have been selected, as well as other features related to the project. Please note that we will be further exploring the particular reasons for selecting each title, here, on the blog, during the month of February.

One important aspect of the Spirit of PaperTigers project is that we will be receiving feedback from the book set recipients. In the course of the coming months, as feedback comes in, we will be posting it to the blog and the site, so everyone can find out about where the books are going and who they are reaching.

To learn more about the project and enjoy the new features, visit the website. And please help us spread the word on this exciting new venture!…

14 Responses to “Announcing the Spirit of PaperTigers Project”

  1. Zoe @ Playing by the book Says:

    What a fantastic project – congratulations on setting it up. I don’t know all the books on the list but I’m looking forward to finding and reading them with my kids.

  2. Sally Says:

    Great stuff — hope the word spreads around quickly!

  3. kschultz Says:

    We are proud to have One Hen included in this selection! From the team at

  4. Swati Says:

    May I ask how does one suggest a recipient school or library for the project? I couldn’t find any information about that on the site, unless it is mailing you directly.

  5. Swati Says:

    How does one nominate or suggest a library or school for this project? I was thinking of telling my kid’s school librarian about this, but am not sure if she can apply directly or not.

  6. Aline Says:

    Thanks for your interest, Swati. Since we only have a limited number of book sets to donate this first year, we are not opening it up for applications, but I’ll contact you off-blog to get a contact at your child’s school, so we can look into the possibility of donating a set to its library.

  7. Charisma Kenya (C.B.O) Says:

    We are a registered C.B.O in Nakuru Kenya. we admire your commitment. Thank You. we work for HIV/ADS, OVCs, Peace Building, Drugs and environment. we have a new resource centre and we are in need of text books with the information on the mentioned fields. Please advise us on how we can equip our new resource centre with text books for children and the adults. Thank You.

  8. Corinne Says:

    Charisma Kenya –

    Many thanks for your comment. Our Outreach Coordinator Dr. Barbara Bundy will email you. If you would like to contact her, she can be reached at barbara(at)