Open Heart Big Dreams Fund -- our passion for Ethiopia

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Author Jane Kurtz delights in getting a glimpse of all the picture book ambassadors out doing their excellent work. In this post, Jane shares some paired texts she recommends matching with her delightful CHICKENS ON THE LOOSE. Leading a story time for preschoolers? Check out the songs and activities here posted on this link. Have fun! | Open Hearts Big Dreams | mentor texts | literacy |
Ethiopia, with its rich religious & domestic history, is touted to be the cradle of humanity. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History |
Where will you fit into the story of beautifying our world? Open Hearts Big Dreams’ main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation. | Ethiopia | literacy | Earth Day |

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Teen Author Partners With Ethiopian Literacy Expert - Texas Metro News
14-Year-Old Black Author of 8 Books Partners With Ethiopian Literacy Expert Who Has Been Honored with a Prestigious International Award
14-Year-Old Black Author of 8 Books Partners With Ethiopian Literacy Expert Who Has Been Honored with a Prestigious International Award
THE RUNAWAY INJERA, a bilingual story told in Amharic & English, is an East-African spin on the classic tale of the gingerbread man that is sure to delight anyone familiar with the famous injera, which is a flat, flexible bread that is served at almost every meal in most Ethiopian households. THE RUNAWAY INJERA is a READY SET GO book produced by the Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund. Learn more about this noble project here. | Africa | literacy | education | English, Africa, International Books, Story Of The World, East, African, Bilingual Book
The Runaway Injera: An Ethiopian Fairy Tale in Amharic and English
THE RUNAWAY INJERA, a bilingual story told in Amharic & English, is an East-African spin on the classic tale of the gingerbread man that is sure to delight anyone familiar with the famous injera, which is a flat, flexible bread that is served at almost every meal in most Ethiopian households. THE RUNAWAY INJERA is a READY SET GO book produced by the Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund. Learn more about this noble project here. | Africa | literacy | education |
THE RUNAWAY INJERA, a bilingual story told in Amharic & English, is an East-African spin on the classic tale of the gingerbread man that is sure to delight anyone familiar with the famous injera, which is a flat, flexible bread that is served at almost every meal in most Ethiopian households. THE RUNAWAY INJERA is a READY SET GO book produced by the Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund. Learn more about this noble project here. | Africa | literacy | education | Books, Bilingual, Fiction And Nonfiction
The Runaway Injera: A Bilingual Open Heart Big Dreams Story told in Amharic & English
THE RUNAWAY INJERA, a bilingual story told in Amharic & English, is an East-African spin on the classic tale of the gingerbread man that is sure to delight anyone familiar with the famous injera, which is a flat, flexible bread that is served at almost every meal in most Ethiopian households. THE RUNAWAY INJERA is a READY SET GO book produced by the Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund. Learn more about this noble project here. | Africa | literacy | education |
So many chicken books! So little time.
Author Jane Kurtz delights in getting a glimpse of all the picture book ambassadors out doing their excellent work. In this post, Jane shares some paired texts she recommends matching with her delightful CHICKENS ON THE LOOSE. Leading a story time for preschoolers? Check out the songs and activities here posted on this link. Have fun! | Open Hearts Big Dreams | mentor texts | literacy |
The Great Rift Valley Lakes: The Wildlife of Ethiopia in Somali and English
THE GREAT RIFT VALLEY LAKES, a Open Hearts Big Dreams picture book, explores the lakes formed by the Rift Valley, attracting rare and endangered wildlife and supporting the people who raise livestock along the lake shores. Award-winning children’s book author Jane Kurtz leads the Open Hearts Big Dreams Creative team, a project dedicated to creating colorful, culturally-appropriate, bilingual. local language books for readers in the U.S. and Ethiopia. | Somali | Ahmari | Literacy | Inclusion |
A picture book in which the staple of Ethiopian cuisine becomes like the traditional Gingerbread Man
THE RUNAWAY INJERA, Open Hearts Big Dreams book, is an East-African spin on the classic tale of the gingerbread man that is sure to delight anyone familiar with the famous Ethiopian injera. Award-winning children’s book author Jane Kurtz leads the Open Hearts Big Dreams Creative team, a project dedicated to creating colorful, culturally-appropriate, bilingual. local language books for readers in the U.S. and Ethiopia. | Somali | Ahmari | Literacy | Inclusion |
Where will you fit into the story of beautifying our world? Open Hearts Big Dreams’ main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation. | Ethiopia | literacy | Earth Day | Earth Day, Sun And Earth, Possibilities, Science Education, Stem Books, Middle Grades
Celebrate the Possibilities & Wonders of Earth Day Open Hearts Big Dreams Ready Set Go books
Where will you fit into the story of beautifying our world? Open Hearts Big Dreams’ main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation. | Ethiopia | literacy | Earth Day |
Discover the richness of Black History with Open Hearts Big Dreams books
Ethiopia, with its rich religious & domestic history, is touted to be the cradle of humanity. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History |
Ethiopia, with its rich religious & domestic history, is touted to be the cradle of humanity. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History | Country, Social Studies Lesson
Discover the richness of Black History with Open Hearts Big Dreams books
Ethiopia, with its rich religious & domestic history, is touted to be the cradle of humanity. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History |
Where will you fit into the story of beautifying our world? Open Hearts Big Dreams’ main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation. | Ethiopia | literacy | Earth Day | Adventure, Earth, Topics
Celebrate the Possibilities & Wonders of Earth Day Open Hearts Big Dreams Ready Set Go books
Where will you fit into the story of beautifying our world? Open Hearts Big Dreams’ main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation. | Ethiopia | literacy | Earth Day |
Discover the richness of Black History with Open Hearts Big Dreams books
Ethiopia, with its rich religious & domestic history, is touted to be the cradle of humanity. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History |
Ethiopia, with its rich religious & domestic history, is touted to be the cradle of humanity. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History | Education
Discover the richness of Black History with Open Hearts Big Dreams books
Ethiopia, with its rich religious & domestic history, is touted to be the cradle of humanity. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History |
Open Hearts Big Dreams books showcase a world of possibilities, hope & empowerment
Ethiopia reflects the diversity of cultures residing in the country. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History |
Discover the richness of Black History with Open Hearts Big Dreams books
Ethiopia, with its rich religious & domestic history, is touted to be the cradle of humanity. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History |
TROUBLE, a bilingual picture book about Ethiopia for young readers written by award-winning author for children Jane Kurtz, is a story based on a tale told in northern Ethiopia and Eritrea about a boy who keeps getting into trouble. His father finds the solution: a gebeta game. TROUBLE is available as a bilingual edition (English and Amharic) as part of the Ready Set Go Books publishing initiative of Open Hearts Big Dreams. Free classroom resources available. | JLG award| Books Young Adult, Young Reader
Bilingual picture book about Ethiopia for kids told in English & Amharic
TROUBLE, a bilingual picture book about Ethiopia for young readers written by award-winning author for children Jane Kurtz, is a story based on a tale told in northern Ethiopia and Eritrea about a boy who keeps getting into trouble. His father finds the solution: a gebeta game. TROUBLE is available as a bilingual edition (English and Amharic) as part of the Ready Set Go Books publishing initiative of Open Hearts Big Dreams. Free classroom resources available. | JLG award|
An Open Heart Big Dreams Bilingual Picture Book About Ethiopia Selection
TROUBLE, a bilingual picture book about Ethiopia for young readers written by award-winning author for children Jane Kurtz, is a story based on a tale told in northern Ethiopia and Eritrea about a boy who keeps getting into trouble. His father finds the solution: a gebeta game. TROUBLE is available as a bilingual edition (English and Amharic) as part of the Ready Set Go Books publishing initiative of Open Hearts Big Dreams. Free classroom resources available. | JLG award|
Discover the richness of Black History with Open Hearts Big Dreams books
Ethiopia, with its rich religious & domestic history, is touted to be the cradle of humanity. Because Open Hearts Big Dreams believes reading opens up a world of possibilities including leadership, inclusion and innovation, their main project is Ready Set Go Books, an innovative effort to increase literacy in Ethiopia. They serve as the publisher of these attractive bilingual books and look for ways to get them into the hands of Ethiopian families. | Ethiopia | literacy | Black History |
Little Lion searches for his Mama in the rich Ethiopian landscape
LITTLE LION is a Ready Set Go book about a lion cub quest to find his mother. He encounters a number of unique animals who help guide him along his way. Open Hearts Big Dreams is a nonprofit organization supporting literacy, innovation, and leadership for young people in Ethiopia. When you buy a Ready Set Go book, you provide critical funding for their endeavors. Learn more here. | refugee | literacy | reading |
Help your young bilingual reader learn to read Amharic with this beautifully illustrated picture book about how Ethiopians work and rest. From the bustling city markets to dusty country roads, there is always work to be done or shared. Side by side text in English and Amharic support young learners of indigenous Ethiopian languages. Colorful watercolor illustrations bring the people of Ethiopia to life with rich details and supportive context. Part of the Ready, Set, Go! series of early readers New Books, Idioms And Proverbs
Work : Everyday Ethiopian Life in Afaan Oromo and English (Paperback)
Help your young bilingual reader learn to read Amharic with this beautifully illustrated picture book about how Ethiopians work and rest. From the bustling city markets to dusty country roads, there is always work to be done or shared. Side by side text in English and Amharic support young learners of indigenous Ethiopian languages. Colorful watercolor illustrations bring the people of Ethiopia to life with rich details and supportive context. Part of the Ready, Set, Go! series of early readers
LITTLE LION: A Selection from the Ready Set Go Bilingual Books Series
READY SET GO Bilingual Books are produced by OPEN HEARTS BIG DREAMS, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that believes the chance to dream big dreams should not depend on where in the world you are born. The mission of OPEN HEARTS BIG DREAMS is to inspire and empower youth (K-14), their communities and organizations who serve them, to re-imagine their futures by providing literacy, STEAM/innovation, inclusion, and leadership education and opportunities. Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country; literacy is only realized by around half of the population (less for women and girls); leaving tens of millions without this critical ability. Recent nationwide literacy tests show few students are learning to read well in any language. The median age in Ethiopia is under 20 with on
In addition to her prolific career as a writer for young readers, Jane Kurtz is an ambassador for literacy especially in her childhood home of Ethiopia. She is one of the founders of the nonprofit Ethiopia Reads, which has planted more than 70 libraries for children in Ethiopia, and also of Ready Set Go Books, a program of Open Hearts Big Dreams. Learn more these remarkable books here. | refugee | literacy | reading | Reading Resources, Good Books, Thinking Skills, Learn To Read, Fiction Books
Award-winning author serves as a literacy ambassador for Ethiopian children
In addition to her prolific career as a writer for young readers, Jane Kurtz is an ambassador for literacy especially in her childhood home of Ethiopia. She is one of the founders of the nonprofit Ethiopia Reads, which has planted more than 70 libraries for children in Ethiopia, and also of Ready Set Go Books, a program of Open Hearts Big Dreams. Learn more these remarkable books here. | refugee | literacy | reading |
An Ethiopian story about individuality, personal expression, and hair!
BEAUTIFUL HAIR is a Ready Set Go book celebrating the individuality Ethiopian people express themselves by styling their hair creatively. Open Hearts Big Dreams is a nonprofit organization supporting literacy, innovation, and leadership for young people in Ethiopia. When you buy a Ready Set Go book, you provide critical funding to create & distribute more books. Learn more here. | refugee | literacy | reading |
In addition to her prolific career as a writer for young readers, Jane Kurtz is an ambassador for literacy especially in her childhood home of Ethiopia. She is one of the founders of the nonprofit Ethiopia Reads, which has planted more than 70 libraries for children in Ethiopia, and also of Ready Set Go Books, a program of Open Hearts Big Dreams. Learn more these remarkable books here. | refugee | literacy | reading | Writing Community
Award-winning author serves as a literacy ambassador for Ethiopian children
In addition to her prolific career as a writer for young readers, Jane Kurtz is an ambassador for literacy especially in her childhood home of Ethiopia. She is one of the founders of the nonprofit Ethiopia Reads, which has planted more than 70 libraries for children in Ethiopia, and also of Ready Set Go Books, a program of Open Hearts Big Dreams. Learn more these remarkable books here. | refugee | literacy | reading |
The READY SET GO BOOKS, published by Open Hearts Big Dreams
In fifteen years of volunteering for Ethiopia Reads, award-winning author Jane Kurtz saw also saw how her own Ethiopian-American grandchildren didn’t have resources in their lives and schools that would help them celebrate their Ethiopian heritage. In 2016, she and her sister Caroline traveled back to their childhood home of Maji, Ethiopia, with a group of writers and visual artists. They brainstormed about how to start creating easy-to-read, appealing, colorful books that would be filled with details of Ethiopian geography, history, proverbs, and daily life. When Caroline and Jane Kurtz returned home to Portland, Oregon, they began to experiment and look for illustrations, many of them by kids for kids. Now there are more than 100 Ready Set Go Books published by the Seattle nonprofit
Henrietta, Dream English, Kindle Books
Greedy, Languages, Jane, Idioms, Beth, Eritrea
The Greedy Bird: In English and Tigrinya
We Run: In English and Tigrinya: Amazon.ca: Kurtz, Jane, Ready Set Go Books, Crow, Beth, Kurtz, Caroline, Phillips, Priscilla, Participants in Westminster Church artmaking days, Students from Findley School, Bradley, Katie, Mitsein, Rebekah, Dessalegn, Aklilu: Books Westminster, Kindle Reading, Language
We Run: In English and Tigrinya
We Run: In English and Tigrinya: Amazon.ca: Kurtz, Jane, Ready Set Go Books, Crow, Beth, Kurtz, Caroline, Phillips, Priscilla, Participants in Westminster Church artmaking days, Students from Findley School, Bradley, Katie, Mitsein, Rebekah, Dessalegn, Aklilu: Books
Henrietta: In English and Tigrinya: Amazon.ca: Nelson, Daphne, Ready Set Go Books, Crow, Beth, Kurtz, Jane, Kurtz, Caroline, Lotz, Stacy, Nelson, Daphne, Dessalegn, Aklilu: Books
Henrietta: In English and Tigrinya
Henrietta: In English and Tigrinya: Amazon.ca: Nelson, Daphne, Ready Set Go Books, Crow, Beth, Kurtz, Jane, Kurtz, Caroline, Lotz, Stacy, Nelson, Daphne, Dessalegn, Aklilu: Books