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The Library Bus

by Bahram Rahman, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

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list price: $21.95
edition:Hardcover
published: Oct 2020
ISBN:9781772781014
publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
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Author Bahram Rahman grew up in Afghanistan during years of civil war and the restrictive Taliban regime. He wrote The Library Bus to tell new generations about the struggles of women who, like his own sister, were forbidden to learn.

It is still dark in Kabul, Afghanistan when the library bus rumbles out of the city. There are no bus seats—instead there are chairs and tables and shelves of books. And there are no passengers—instead there is Pari, who is nervously starting her first day as Mama’s library helper. Pari stands tall to hand out notebooks and pencils at the villages and the refugee camp, but she feels intimidated. The girls they visit are learning to write English from Mama. Pari can’t even read or write in Farsi yet. But next year she will go to school and learn all there is to know. And she is so lucky. Not long ago, Mama tells her, girls were not allowed to read at all.

Brought to life by the pensive and captivating art of award-winning illustrator Gabrielle Grimard, The Library Bus is a celebration of literacy, ingenuity, and the strength of women and girls demanding a future for themselves.

 

About the Authors

Bahram Rahman was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and grew up during the civil war and the Taliban regime. He earned a medical degree at Kabul Medical University and a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Erfurt, Germany, while also working as an activist in Afghanistan in the areas of gender equality and youth political participation. Bahram came to Canada as a refugee in 2012, and today he is a senior policy advisor at the Ministry of Health in Ontario. He wrote The Library Bus, his first picture book, to document the struggle for education experienced by the women in his own family and to draw attention to the barriers that still exist for millions of children, especially girls, living in war torn countries today.

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Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was young. Her passion for drawing and painting led her to pursue studies in the arts and to a career as an award-winning illustrator. She has illustrated dozens of picture books, including Stolen Words, The Magic Boat, and Lila and the Crow. She lives near Sherbrooke, Quebec with her two children, several chickens, and her husband.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
k to 3
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Praise for The Library Bus

“The girls’ individualized faces and emotions will establish a bond with children everywhere as Rahman celebrates the brave and resourceful Afghani women teachers from his childhood who found creative ways to educate girls.”—Booklist

“An inspiring story that conveys the power of education—paying it forward and meeting avid readers where they are.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Bahram Rahman’s The Library Bus is inspired by growing up in Afghanistan and by the children he met during visits to orphanages and camps in Kabul....Gabrielle Grimard’s characteristically warm style and her animated representation of Pari and the other children beautifully brings to life the vitality and potential of the girls in the book.”—Quill & Quire

 

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