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The Horseback Librarians

There were no libraries in the backwoods of Kentucky in the 1930s. Librarians there and throughout the South delivered books to families by horseback and mule, sleeping outdoors or sheltering in barns when they could, going from farm to farm in remote areas. Anna Mary (rhymes with "library") is one of those librarians, finding books about brave men for a boy whose father is fighting in the war, bringing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to a girl named Alice who's stuck inside with the measles, and even bringing a book for everyone in a classroom — including the teacher!

In this inspiring picture book by best-selling author Jane Yolen, Anna Mary stands in for all the real-life horseback librarians who helped keep the love of books alive in Appalachia during the Great Depression. This is a lovely peek at a chapter of U.S. history that helped instill a love of reading in a generation of Appalachian kids.

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"An author’s note explains that although Anna Mary is fictional, her work was not. The Pack Horse Library Project began in 1935 as part of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression and provided work for the unemployed. Yolen knows her way around a picture book, and here she has penned a story that’s both approachable and inspiring, accompanied by Badiu’s bright illustrations." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Jane Yolen
Illustrator Alexandra Badiu
ISBN 0807562912
Publication Date Jun 22, 2023
Publisher Albert Whitman & Company
Language English