Picture Book Review: Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Looking for your next read? Check out Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Andaiye S.

Yas Imamura's stunning cover illustration is initially what made me pick up this title. My eyes were immediately drawn to this cute couple and their hands overflowing with books, (the fence and armed guard in the background went completely unnoticed). But when I opened the book to find the endpaper was decorated in a delicate watercolor painting of barbed wire, I HAD to read it.

This is a tastefully done picture book on a topic that may be challenging to discuss with children, as it deals with a shameful period in American history. Author Maggie Tokuda-Hall manages to weave a beautiful tale in the midst of an ugly background. The love story of Tama and George is undoubtedly the story of so many families that often go untold. It demonstrates how we are sometimes able to seek and find humanity in the most inhumane conditions, and it is an outstanding family tribute. The combination of words and images in this book are breathtaking and I was particularly touched by the Author's Note at the end. Love in the Library is easily one of the best books I've read this year.

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