Before there were Libraries, there were “Book Women”

Have you ever wondered what people did before they could swing into a bookstore or go to the library? A new book on the First Book Marketplace, That Book Woman, gives some insight into this very question.

That Book Woman tells the story of brave, strong pack horse librarians–often called ‘Book Women’–in the Appalachian Mountains, who helped untold numbers of children discover stories  “amid the chicken scratch”.   A lovesong to those who give their all to promote books and to those who struggle to learn to read them,  That Book Woman shines the spotlight on the power of books and makes this story affordable to  programs serving children from low-income families nationwide.

The First Book Marketplace is proud to announce That Book Woman, written by Heather Henson and illustrated by Caldecott Medal-Winning Illustrator David Small, as its latest Special Edition.

Together with our partner Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, That Book Woman is being simultaneously released in hardcover to the general public and in a special softcover format exclusively through the First Book Marketplace!

Learn more about the book and how you can purchase copies for your program online.

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