The Librarian of Basra

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story From Iraq

About the book:

This book is based on real story of Alia Muhammad Baker. She was the chief librarian at Al Basrah Library when the war started. The non-fiction picture book depicts the story of her effort to save 30.000 books with the help of her friends at the time of war.

Age: +5

Author & Illustrator: Jeanette Winter

Some comments on developmental opportunities:talking about war and their destruction, empathy development, the power of cooperation

Issues to talk about: What happened in Iraq war? How the current wars affect children, adults and communities? (such as Syrian war), protecting books, responsibility, our strengths

A quotation from the book:

‘’The books must be saved’’