More books!


Today, I am happy to thank my dear supporters, friends, and family in Christ, Gary and Sue Worley for donating 32 beautiful books!  I can’t wait to get them to Bundi!

Thank you SO much!!  We’re feeling the love and support!

Gary and Sue Worley 32


Book parties?! Perfect!!


One creative friend of B4B decided to host a book party in order to collect books for the library.  And it sure was successful!  Thirty ladies gathered in Georgia to celebrate B4B, bringing books, money, eating yummy food, and enjoying each others’ company.  It was so beautiful, I wish I could have flown over to the States just to attend!  They ended up donating 100 books and $300!!  I’m so humbled by their excitement, gifts, and support.  Thank you Katie Leipprandt for organizing such a wonderful event!  Books4Bundi loves you!

To see Katie’s amazing craftiness and the lovely ladies of the evening, head over to Katie’s blog: Crazy Joy.


Want to host your own book party?  Let me know!  I would love to help you out!



The wish list has gone out and books are pouring in!  From all over!!  Thank you to everyone who has responded to the need!

I can’t wait to see what we end up with!  Check back soon for updates on who’s helping and where!

Wish List


Can you help B4B grow?  We not only want to have the only library in Bundibugyo, we want to have the best children’s library in all of Uganda!  Why?  To reach children with education, the Gospel, and the power to change the world.  If you can help us with this list, please email Alanna at

Books4Bundi Wish List
*Any non-fiction books
*a good option is DK books:
Sibert Medal Winners (best informational book)
Parrots over Puerto Rico, written by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, illustrated by Susan L.
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve
Balloons over Broadway:  The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot , written by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Nic Bishop
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball  by Kadir Nelson
The Wall: Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sís
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon  by Catherine Thimmesh
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley by Sally M. Walker
The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights  by Russell Freedman
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy
The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin
Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Sir Walter Raleigh and the Quest for El Dorado by Marc Aronson
Caldecott Medal Winners: (best American picture books)
Locomotive, written and illustrated by Brian Floca
This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
The House in the Night , illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Flotsam by David Wiesner
The Hello, Goodbye Window  illustrated by Chris Raschka and written by Norton Juster
Kitten’s First Full Moon  by Kevin Henkes
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
So You Want to Be President? Illustrated by David Small, written by Judith St. George
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback

African Folk Stories
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale by Verna Aardema
Who’s in Rabbit’s House? by Verna Aardema
Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky by Elphinstone Dayrell
A Story, a Story by Gail E. Haley
Why the Sky is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale by Mary-Joan Gerson
Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia by Margaret H. Lippert
The Hatseller and the Monkeys: A West Africa Folktale by Baba Wague Diakite
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt by Tamara Bower
Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa by Gerald McDermott
Honey…Honey…Lion! A Story from Africa by Jan Brett
Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger
The Name of the Tree: A Bantu Take Retold by Celia Barker
How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots: A Swahili Tale of Friendship by Barbara Knutson
Sense Pass King: A Story from Cameroon by Katrin Tchana
Anansi and the Magic Stick by Eric A. Kimmel
Geisel Medal Winners: (best early readers)
The Watermelon Seed, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
Up, Tall and High!, written and illustrated by Ethan Long
Tales for Very Picky Eaters, written and illustrated by Josh Schneider
Bink and Gollie, written by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!  by Geoffrey Hayes
Are You Ready to Play Outside?  by Mo Willems
There Is a Bird on Your Head  by Mo Willems
Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways  by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Suçie
Geisel Honor Books:
Ball, written and illustrated by Mary Sullivan
A Big Guy Took My Ball! written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Penny and Her Marble, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Let’s Go for a Drive!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean
Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover, written and illustrated by Cece Bell
I Broke My Trunk, written and illustrated by Mo Willems 
I Want My Hat Back, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
See Me Run, written and illustrated by Paul Meisel
Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!, written and illustrated by Grace Lin 
We Are in a Book!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems
I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold
Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith  
Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee 
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day, written by Kate McMullan, illustrated by R.W. Alley
Chicken Said, ‘Cluck!’ by Judyann Ackerman Grant, illustrated by Sue Truesdell
One Boy , written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Stinky, written and illustrated by Eleanor Davis
Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator by Sarah C. Campbell, photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Hello, Bumblebee Bat , written by Darrin Lunde, illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne
Jazz Baby , written by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie 
Vulture View , written by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride  written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen 
Move Over, Rover!  by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by Jane Dyer 
Not a Box  by Antoinette Portis
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold 
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa written by Erica Silverman and illustrated by Betsy Lewin 
Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day written by Jean Van Leeuwen and illustrated by Ann Schweninger
2000+ Newbery Medal Winners: (author with most distinguished contribution to American children’s literature)
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
When You Reach Me  by Rebecca Stead
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Higher Power of Lucky by  Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan
Criss Cross by  Lynne Rae Perkins
Kira-Kira by  Cynthia Kadohata
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering,
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
A Year Down Yonder by by Richard Peck
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

New Year Update


In October, we had a slight shift in job descriptions and I, Alanna Jones, am no longer able to open the library during the week.  Have no fear, however.  Rachel, our trusted translator, partner, and friend, has taken the reins and is charging full speed ahead.

I gave Rachel a crash course on using the felt Bible storying curriculum, and she had already learned how the library operated.  Since my shift, Rachel has been courageously opening the library by herself three afternoons a week.  I think she even keeps it open longer than I did!  She was already a huge answer to prayer, and now God is truly showing His goodness.  Books4Bundi is in good hands.

I am still the project coordinator, and pop in as often as possible.  We still have plenty of ideas for growth in the future, but right now don’t have a way forward.  We will continue with opening the library afternoons, reading to the children, Bible storying, memory verses, and as much reading/English help as possible.

The children really do love the Bible time with Rachel.  She is a solid believer, and keeps the children interested.  They memorize the Scripture in both English and Lubwisi, and recite verses for a candy prize each week.  So many kids can recite Scripture now!  They come to the library, and can’t wait for Bible time.  Such an inspiration!

As a testimony to the kids’ love of the library, many of them begged Rachel to open the library on Christmas day!  They wanted to spend their holiday in the library!  What an answer to prayer.

We have had close to 75 different children come to the library since October, when we started keeping records.  We are recording not only their attendance, but age, grade, family information, school, church, etc.  This will help us get to know the children better, help them grow, and establish a foundation for future programs.

Please keep us in your prayers as we hope to expand, but lack resources.  Please pray for these children to accept the Gospel, expand their worldview, and learn to read.  Pray for Rachel to walk closely with the Lord, and love these children they way He does.  Pray for wisdom for me, as I seek to manage the project.

Wabele Munu! Thank you very much!

new books!


Guess what?!

B4B just received about 1,000 new books!  WOOHOOOO!!!!

My longtime friend from home, Josh Hamby, just got himself hitched and moved back to Jinja, Uganda.  He was gracious enough to offer me space on a container he was having shipped over.  That allowed my parents to excitedly gather together some treats for me like dried fruit and tuna, fun school supplies for my Littles, AND about 1,000 children’s books for the library!

My teammate, Sarah Crane, has a mother who loves books and is as passionate about B4B as I am.  In fact, Cilla Crane was passionate about B4B before I was!  She has been gathering and shipping books for over a year, and met up with my parents in East TN to deliver this last set bound for Bundi.

The container arrived in record time, we set up a driver to bring them across the country, and Christmas came to Bundi in June.  My teammates, Rhett and Holly Wheeler, were also blessed by this container which brought them physical therapy supplies!  It was a grand Thursday morning unpacking all these treats.  There are so many books, I still haven’t even opened all the boxes! (Go over to the “take a look” page to see some pictures.)

So, Books4Bundi is sending out a big huge thank you to:

Cilla Crane for gathering the books, storing them for so long, and shipping/delivering them all over the world

the Crane’s Nashville community which donated roughly 2500 books

the Jinja Hamby’s for offering the container space, working to get it organized and mobilized, and getting it through customs

the Virginia Hamby’s and Fellowship Chapel for housing the container and helping to pack and repack it

my parents, the Jones’, for frantically gathering supplies and driving to pick up books with a grandbaby on the way

the Wheeler’s for helping me to organize deliverery and carry boxes of books

and all of you who pray for Books4Bundi