The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

imagesby Jeanette Winter, Harcourt (2005).

Summary: The true story of how a librarian saved 3,000 books in the Basra City Library when war was on the horizon by literally putting them in her house and the houses of her friends. This book puts a face on the struggles in Iraq in a non-political way.

Uses : This book gives teachers a positive opportunity to open up discussions of the Iraq war with older students. But tricky, as use of this book in schools has been challenged (see link).

Awards: Parent’s Choice Award, Middle East Book Award honorable mention.

Borrowed from the Knoxville Public Library

I love this quote on the first page of the book:

“In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was ‘Read.'”–Alia Muhammad Baker


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