Written and Illustrated By Jeanette Winter
What would you do if your library was in danger? And all the books in it? This is a story based on what happened to a courageous woman named Alia Muhammad Baker who was the librarian in the town of Basra, Iraq. The story unfolds as war comes to their town and Alia suspects that the library may be in danger. It may be looted and burned and all the books destroyed. How does she save the books… almost 30,000 of them?
Although the book shares images of war, the illustrations also focus on Alia dreaming of peace and the actions that bring her community together in troubled times. Although the topic or war is a difficult one, the book remains child-appropriate and an inspiring tale of what one person can do to make a difference even in the most harrowing of times
Suggested Reading Level – 5 and Up
"In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was 'Read.'"*
Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever.
In a war-stricken country where civilians--especially women--have little power, this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter in bright acrylic and ink.
Includes an author's note.
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