In celebration of Multicultural Children’s Book Day (January 27th, 2016), we read Hands Around The Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books, written by Susan L. Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya. This powerful story tells of the movement that took place in Egypt in 2011 when people of all ages stood up to protect the great Library of Alexandria. The story is told in first person, making it easier for young children to follow and understand the importance of this protest, in a country where people’s freedoms were not being honored. The story begins…
Once upon a time, not long ago, many people in Egypt were
sad and sometimes angry, because they were not free to speak,
or vote as they wished, or gather in groups. They knew about
freedom, but only from books, or the internet, or whispering inside
these safe walls of our Alexandria Library.
The collages by Susan L. Roth are also really creative. They are rich with colors and emotions.
After reading the story, we made a systems map on why libraries are important. The students had great understanding of the functionality of libraries and made many connections. Some of the comments were that libraries are important because it’s a place for learning and knowledge as well as reading about important people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman.
We then listed the overarching concepts that were mentioned in the story and discussed how people can change the world for the better. We asked the students, “What do you stand up for? ” and “How do you make the world better?” We took pictures of them holding a whiteboard where they wrote what they stand up for. In response to how they make the world better, answers ranged from helping my mom, picking up trash at the beach, feeding the homeless and being nice to my sister. I was really pleased with the depth of understanding my little ones demonstrated and hopeful that our young will continue to carve out a path of peace, freedom and justice for all.
I stand up for…
The MCCBD team’s mission is to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book.
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A free copy was sent to me for an honest review and I was not compensated.