- Kids Nonfiction
- Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind
Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind
When Executive Order 9066 is enacted after the attack at Pearl Harbor, children's librarian Clara Breed's young Japanese American patrons are to be sent to prison camp. Before they are moved, Breed asks the children to write her letters and gives them books to take with them. Through the three years of their internment, the children correspond with Miss Breed, sharing their stories, providing feedback on books, and creating a record of their experiences. Using excerpts from children's letters held at the Japanese American National Museum, author Cynthia Grady presents a difficult subject with honesty and hope.
I really love how this picture book shares some of the letters from these children, which gives readers a glimpse of the conditions and the political climate at that time. One huge thing is how this librarian offered the children hope during a dark time of US history.
Powerful non-fiction story of a librarian whose younger Japanese American patrons shared with her their experiences living in internment camps during WWII. It also shows the political climate and how intolerance and hatred toward one group of Americans ended up having them sent away to live in internment camps. The important message is that by remembering the past, hopefully we won't repeat it. A must add to any school library.