I am delighted in showing another book for Perfect Picture Book Friday. One that is dear to my heart. For all you interested in midatlantic SCBWI? Here is the link to go to register for the conference on October 25, 2014 with intensives on Oct. 24. The manuscript evals have gone in the mail previously.
And the links for my writer friends:
For those of us trying, yes, trying to use Scrivener, here is one for using it to write picture books.
and another that my mentor and friend Julie Hedlund gave one Monday and I had to almost try it right then is this here:
So let’s get on with the show,
PPBF/ The Librarian of Basra
title: The Librarian of Basra, The True story From Iraq
Author/Illustrator: Jeanette Winter
Published by Harcourt, Inc, nonfiction, 2005
Summary: Alia Muhammad Baker is the 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 Alicia 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.
Resources: This resource is about talking to students about the war in Iraq and why it has been in the news and showing the cover and back. Asking what they think the book is about. A good resource. At the bottom it says
- If your students want to help Alia rebuild her book collection, they can contribute to a fund administered by the American Library Association. Make checks payable to ALA with “Basra Book Fund” on the memo line, and send them to International Relations Office, ALA, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. (For more information, contact the ALA’s International Relations Department at 1-800-545-2433 x 3201.)
Why I love it: I found this book among the banned books in a shelf with a yellow band around it saying it was banned. When I asked why, the librarian did not know but told me a committee had decided it so. I imagine it was because if was about Iraq, a country we were at war with. And that America might have been the reason the library was burned down. And then I found this on banned books,
However the bravery of this librarian to save her loved books is one of courage and showed me how truly lucky we were. I have a gigantic library in my community that holds over this amount of books easily and the hours it is available is friendly to all kinds of people. There is a teen center where teens can go and get drinks while playing games on the computers. There is kid section with a room just for telling stories. The stacks are short and kid friendly. There is a computer section. All along the walls are rooms one can go in and study with computer hook ups. Not to say about the conference rooms and tables where one can sit or the easy chairs one can go and read in while visiting or waiting. Needless to say, I love my library!! 🙂 and I go at least twice a week.
So when I read this children’s picture book I was in love sight unseen. And I marveled at Alia who has her books in her home for the future.When there is a better place for her books. I Dearly hope the time is now. That now she can look forward to having a building to house her books and her community can meet and read again.
Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!
And my books?
We got a pdf of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story, proof and emailed off the corrections for a print proof copy, We are really eager to get this done!!
See you on Tuesday with another post about my journey in my memoir “Spiraling: My Battle With Bipolar Disorder” 🙂