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Love in the Library

By Mary Krawczyk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Gentle, true story about finding love, hope in prison camp.

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This gentle introduction to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is beautifully told with spare text and muted illustrations. In Love in the Library, bleak conditions and injustices are evident, but so are hope and resilience. The true story of author Maggie Tokuda-Hall's grandparents is inspiring and heartwarming positioned in the bigger story of human dignity in the midst of great injustice. Young readers will connect to illustrations that show children doing every day things like choosing a book at the library or playing baseball in the yard with friends. Imamura's warm, earth-toned illustrations nicely mirror the feelings of both uncertainty and hope in the text.

Tokuda-Hall ends the story with a quote from her grandmother's journal, written during her time at the camp: "The miracle is in us." Families can use this book as a starting point to further discuss incarceration camps and other injustices that have occurred throughout U.S. history. The author's note gives more information, poses questions, and inspires hope.

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