Hands Around the Library

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Hands Around the Library

Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books

By Susan L. Roth; Karen Leggett Abouraya; Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)

Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803737471, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2012


The inspiring true story of demonstrators standing up for the love of a library, from a New York Times bestselling illustrator

In January 2011, in a moment that captured the hearts of people all over the world, thousands of Egypt's students, library workers, and demonstrators surrounded the great Library of Alexandria and joined hands, forming a human chain to protect the building. They chanted "We love you, Egypt!" as they stood together for the freedom the library represented.

Illustrated with Susan L. Roth's stunning collages, this amazing true story demonstrates how the love of books and libraries can unite a country, even in the midst of turmoil.

About the Author
Susan L. Roth is the author and/or illustrator of more than forty books for children, including the "New York Times" bestseller "Listen to the Wind." She lives in Queens, New York.

Karen Leggett Abouraya is a radio and print journalist, specializing in children's literature. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Praise For Hands Around the Library

"Roth's exuberant collages capture these heady moments, blending photos, papers and fabrics to bring the people's positive actions and the building's intriguing facade together in a celebration of patriotism and libraries. A stunning visual recreation of a recent historical event."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Monday, Nov 11, 2013

The Africana Book Awards are supposed to encourage the publication of accurate, balanced children's literature about Africa. Guest host Celeste Headleee speaks to award winners Karen Leggett Abouraya and Ifeoma Onyefulu. More at NPR.org

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