Books for Arsi Robe

Peace Corps Volunteers, Delia Najera (Education Volunteer) and Allison Adams (Health Volunteer), invite you to be part of the Peace Corps experience and support the students and youth of Arsi Robe.

Arsi Robe Primary Number 1, in collaboration with Peace Corps Volunteers Delia Najera and Allison Adams , are in the process of improving the school and youth center libraries.

Please help us in filling up the library shelves that at the moment only hold dictionaries that are too old and English grammar books.Our primary goal is to have the libraries shelves filled with books that will help give Robe students the chance to practice their English skills and allow them to step into another world.

We also hope to start and encourage a reading culture that will help the students throughout their life, by inspiring imagination, fostering critical thinking, supporting good life choices, and exciting an urge for higher education.


Through Better World Books (, a company that provides FREE shipping everywhere in the world, you can help stock our library with a variety of great books. The website works much like Amazon in the way that you search and select books, but when you check-out simply put in our address (Delia Najera/Allison Adams, P.O Box #7788, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and in three to four weeks your amazing donation will arrive all the way over here in Ethiopia.

At the bottom of this page there is a list of recommended books, although feel free to send anything you think would be culturally appropriate and at a good level for ESL students from KG- 8th Grade. We will update the list when we receive or hear that books have been ordered so we don’t get too many repeats.

All books will be welcome with open hearts by the students of Arsi Robe.

Thank you in advance from both of us, from our school, and from all the students here!

5 Easy Steps to Donate:

1. Pick some of your favorite books from the list provided at the bottom of this page
2. Go to
3. Search the titles you want and add them to your order
4. Insert our address at checkout:

Delia Najera/Allison Adams
P.O Box # 7788
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

5. Books arrive in Robe in a few short weeks!

For updates and support, please also feel free to “like” and share our Books for Arsi Robe Facebook page with family and friends (all the cool kids are doing it).


Books will be noted when purchased, 
but we don’t mind duplicates!
^ So that we know to check up on the post office, know who sent what, and can thank you!
  • A Bear Called Paddington — Michael Bond
  • Aesop’s Fables — Aesop
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — Judith Voirst
  • Amelia Bedelia — Peggy Parish
  • Any children’s picture books
  • Any Clifford, The Big Red Dog — Norman Bridwell
  • Any Magic School Bus Books
  • Any Scooby Doo storybook
  • Any short, beginning level chapter books
  • Are You My Mother? — P.D. Eastman
  • Arthur — Marc Tolon Brown
  • Because of Winn-Dixie — Kate Dicamillo
  • But Not the Hippopotamus — Sandra Boynton
  • Caps for Sale — EsphyrSlobodkina
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — Roald Dahl
  • Charlotte’s Web — E.B. White
  • ChickaChicka Boom Boom — Bill Martin and John Archambault
  • Chrysanthemum — Kevin Henkes
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type — Doreen Cronin
  • Corduroy — Don Freeman
  • Curious George — H.A. Rey
  • Disney’s easy to read stories: A collection of six favorite tales — Disney studios
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! — Mo Willems
  • Each Peach Pear Plum — Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • Everybody Poops — Taro Gomi
  • Flat Stanley — Jeff Brown
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends — Arnold Lobel
  • George and Martha — James Marshall
  • Good Night, Gorilla — Peggy Rathmann
  • Goodnight Moon — Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd
  • Gorilla — Anthony Browne
  • Green Eggs and Ham — Dr. Seuss
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon — Crockett Johnson
  • Harriet the Spy — Louise Fitzhugh
  • Hop On Pop
  • I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato — Lauren Child
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie — Laura Numeroff
  • Jumanji — Chris Van Allsburg
  • Junie B. Jones and Her Bit Fat Mouth
  • Little Leveled Readers Level B
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama — Anna Dewdney
  • Love You Forever — Robert Munsch
  • Madeline — Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Make Way for Ducklings — Robert McCloskey
  • Margaret and the Moth Tree — Brit Trogen
  • Matilda — Roald Dahl
  • Miss Viola Swamp — James Marshall and Harry Allard
  • MooBaa La LaLa — Sandra Boynton
  • Moon Boy — Carolyn Grace Garcia
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins — Richard Atwater
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale — John Steptoe
  • My Father’s Dragon — Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • No, David! — David Shannon
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go — Dr. Seuss
  • Olivia — Ian Falconer
  • Opposites — Sandra Boynton
  • Owl Babies — Martin Waddell
  • PippiLongstocking — Astrid Lindgren
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? — Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Rainbabies
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 — Beverly Cleary
  • Ramona the Pest — Beverly Cleary
  • Rickshaw Girl — Mitali Perkins
  • Stellaluna — Janell Cannon
  • Strega Nona — TomiedePaola
  • Stuart Little — E.B. White
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble — William Steig
  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants — DavPilkey
  • The Arrival — Shaun Tan
  • The Borrowers — Mary Norton
  • The Cat in the Hat — Dr. Seuss
  • The Chronicles of Harris Burdick — Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Dot — Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Foot Book — Dr. Seuss
  • The Giver — Lois Lowry
  • The Giving Tree — Shel Silverstein
  • The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters — Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • The Kissing Hand — Audrey Penn
  • The Lion and the Mouse — Jerry Pickney
  • The Little Engine That Could — Watty Piper
  • The Little Prince
  • The Matatu — Eric Walters
  • The Paper House — Lois Peterson
  • The Phantom Tollbooth — Norton Juster
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales — Jon Scieszka
  • The Story of Babar — Jean De Brunhoff
  • The Story of Ferdinand — Munro Leaf
  • The Tale of Despereaux — Kate DiCamillo
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea — Judith Kerr
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs — Jon Scieszka
  • The Velveteen Rabbit — Margery
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar — Eric Carle
  • Tuck Everlasting — Natalie Babbit
  • Verdi
  • Walk Two Moons — Sharon Creech
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends — Shel Silverstein
  • Where the Wild Things Are — Maurice Sendak
  • Where’s Spot — Eric Hill
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears — Verna Aardema
  • Winnie the Pooh — A. A. Milne
  • Would You Rather? — John Burningham

3 thoughts on “Books for Arsi Robe

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  2. Hi Allison and Delia –

    The following books are on the way to you from BetterWorldBooks! I hope it’s OK that I selected books in “Used Good” condition. It was possible to order so many more of my favorites that way. I look forward to seeing updates when your library and reading project is in full swing. Have Fun!

    A Bear Called Paddington
    More about Paddington
    Paddington at the Beach
    Paddington Bear at the Circus
    Are You My Mother
    Curious George
    A Treasury of Curious George
    Curious George and the Rocket
    Curious George and the Bunny
    Curious George Rides a Bike
    Curious George Goes Fishing
    Curious George at the Zoo
    Curious George Learns the Alphabet
    Curious George First Words at the Farm
    Curious George ABCs
    Curious George’s 1 to 10 and Back Again
    Make Way for Ducklings
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Eric Carle’s Opposites
    Pancakes, Pancakes! (The World of Eric Carle)

    All the best,

  3. Second shipment of Books for Arsi Robe!

    The Magic School Bus Makes a Rainbow: A Book about Color
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Pocket Guides: Animals of the World
    The Rainbabies

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