Write to Me Book
Write to Me Book
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Write to Me

Written by Cynthia Grady and illustrated by Amiko Hirao

Published by Charlesbridge

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"Dear Miss Breed . . ."

A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps.

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.

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  • Age Range: 4-8
  • Pages: 32
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: January 9, 2018
  • ISBN: 1580896887
  • ISBN 13: 978-1580896887
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Cynthia Grady

Cynthia Grady is a former middleschool librarian and the author of Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song (Millbrook) and I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers). She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Cynthia Grady

Amiko Hirao

Amiko Hirao illustrated Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Tulip at Bat (Hachette), and Just What Mama Needs (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Amiko Hirao

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