A Basket of Books – About Books!

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Each fall I look forward to putting together a basket of children’s books on a different theme.  This “basket of books” is a contribution to a local charity, and befitting a school – Inly gives books.  Last year’s theme was the City of Boston and this year I thought it would be fun to collect ten books about reading.  This is what’s going in the basket:

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles by J. Patrick Lewis

Quiet! There’s a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman

Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Miss Brooks Loves Books by Barbara Bottner

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

It’s a Book by Lane Smith

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter

Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq by Mark Alan Stamaty

I know there are two books about Alia Muhammad Baker, the librarian in Basra, but her story is so inspiring that I couldn’t choose between them.  Both Winter’s and Stamaty’s books tell the story of how Baker protected more than 30,000 books before bombs hit the library.  This story of bravery puts a human face on war and celebrates the importance of knowledge and reading.


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