About our name
Who we are
HaHu Books is a partnership of Ethiopian writers and educationalists. It began in 2000 in London, UK and functions only on the web site. Its aim was and still is to publish and also to provide good quality children’s educational materials in Amharic and at times bilingual. HaHu Books also promotes writers for Ethiopian children and about Ethiopian children by publicising and reviewing their works in the web site.
The idea occurred to us due to the increasing number of refugee children who are growing up in the UK and did not have access to their mother tongue. Our concern was fuelled by witnessing a dividing gap being developed between parents who did not speak English and their children who spoke only English. HaHu Books was born out of this insight and a passion for promoting learning in Amaharic with an initial support from the Scarman Trust in 2002.
is the popular name for the Amharic alphabet and is composed of the
first two syllables of the main table of the Amharic alphabet. Also
HaHu, rather like the use of the ‘ABC’ in English language,
means a mere beginning, the starting point of a journey, or the process
of learning. In the same spirit, HaHu Books captures our commitment
to basic education, whilst symbolising our humble beginnings.
HaHu Books have also been providing Book Reviews on recently published books for/about Ethiopian children. Some of these book are bilingual, written in Amharic and English, while others are monolingual in one of these languages. The reviews cover books published both in Ethiopia and abroad. Some of the Amharic reviews were published in Bukaya issues. These and many more reviews are hosted on this website along with English reviews. Our hope is that this becomes a useful guide to books on and/or for Ethiopian children. It can also serve as a valuable resource page to parents, guardians and educators.
past HaHu Books' principal project was Bukaya, a family magazine with various
educational games for Amharic speaking children and their parents. It was
available by subscription from HaHu Books, and from some Ethiopian shops in
London. The issues of the magazine, 16 in all, are sold out. The materials
were used at home as well as in community schools running Amharic language
classes. Consequently, there is a continuing demand for the issues. In order
to meet this demand HaHu Books has a plan to publish all the issues in a book.
So stay tuned, or let us know your name and email address so that we can inform
you as soon as the work is published.