By Jeanette Winter

To draw attention to the importance of libraries for older readers, I’ve selected a unique story about the preservation of a library during war time. In “The Librarian of Basra,” author Jeanette Winter tells the story of Alia Muhammad Baker, a librarian at a local library in Basra, Iraq. In this intimate story, readers get to know a warm and welcoming library where people gather to talk, comfort one another and connect around great books.

Grade Level: 3-5

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