Children’s Books in Karen, Amharic, and Oromo

Saint Paul Public Library has published two children's books in the Karen language, and one book in Amharic and Oromo. The two Karen books, Elephant Huggy and The Hen and the Badger were written by authors from Saint Paul.  The translation of Teach Me to Love into Amharic and Oromo was made possible by a community effort.

The library commissioned original texts of Elephant Huggy and The Hen and the Badger from authors Win World and Saw Powder and original color illustrations from children's book illustrators Betsy LePlatt and Jingo de la Rosa. The books were produced by a team of librarians, educators, and Karen community members, in addition to the authors and illustrators.

A special thanks to Sandra Schloff, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Sleeping Bear Press and our community members!

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