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Children's Fiction Books & Libraries

The Man Who Loved Libraries

The Story of Andrew Carnegie

by (author) Andrew Larsen

illustrated by Katty Maurey

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Aug 2017
Books & Libraries, Emigration & Immigration, United States, Business, Careers, Occupations
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2017
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 5


When he was a child in the 1840s, Andrew Carnegie and his family immigrated to America in search of a new beginning. His working-class Scottish family arrived at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Carnegie worked hard, in factories and telegraphy. He invested in railroads, eventually becoming the richest man in the world during his time.

Carnegie believed strongly in sharing his wealth, and one of the ways he did this was by funding the construction of over 2,500 public libraries around the world. His philanthropy completely revolutionized public libraries, which weren’t widespread at the time.

Told in simple, lyrical text, the story unfolds against striking, stylized illustrations that transport readers to the bustle and boom of the Industrial Revolution. An informational spread explains more about Carnegie’s life and work.

About the authors


Andrew Larsen est père au foyer et auteur. Quand il était enfant, il passait toujours une partie de son été au chalet de ses grands-parents, situé sur une colline, près d'un lac. Andrew habite à Toronto. Il a publié sept albums jeunesse.


Andrew Larsen is a father, homemaker and author. When he was a child, he would spend a part of every summer with his grandparents at their cottage on a hill, by a lake. Andrew now lives in a downtown Toronto neighbourhood. He has published seven picture books.


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Katty Maurey is a designer and illustrator. She was born in Paris, lived in Hong Kong, and now makes her home in Montréal. She has a degree in graphic design from the Université de Québec à Montréal, and is the illustrator of several other children's books, including Francis the Little Fox and The Specific Ocean.

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Editorial Reviews

"Certainly the world of public libraries would be poorer without the substantial contribution of Andrew Carnegie... we can all make a real difference when we choose to give back."

Kirkus Reviews

"Simply and chronologically presented, it is a clear message that we can make a difference when we give back in whatever way possible and meaningful."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Straightforward and accessible... An effective and quite pleasing showcase of an important literary figure."


"An accessible, admiring portrait."

Publishers Weekly

"The Man Who Loved Libraries can be a valuable addition to a school library collection."

Canadian Review of Materials

"Lyrical...will appeal to young elementary school students."

School Library Journal

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