The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq


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