Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. The book begins with a quote from her: "In the Koran, the first thing God said to Muhammad was 'Read.'" For fourteen years, her library has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the libraryalong 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. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter in bright acrylic and ink.
"So Alia takes matters into her own hands.There's something in this picture I didn't notice until I put it in this post. Do you see the star and crescent symbol that became associated with Islam in the mid-20th century? It's orange, through all the other stars are white.
Secretly, she brings books home every night,
filling her car late after work."
Claire @ The Captive Reader and Linda @ Silly Little Mischief that encourages us to share the names of books we checked out of the library. See what others got this week.