The Man Who Loved Libraries

Andrew Larsen

Katty Maurey

A picture book biography of American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie

When he was a child in the 1840s, Andrew Carnegie and his family immigrated to America in search of a new beginning. His working-class Scottish family arrived at the height of the Industrial Revolution. Carnegie worked hard, in factories and telegraphy. He invested in railroads, eventually becoming the richest man in the world during his time.

Carnegie believed strongly in sharing his wealth, and one of the ways he did this was by funding the construction of over 2,500 public libraries around the world. His philanthropy completely revolutionized public libraries, which weren’t widespread at the time.

New in paperback and told in simple, lyrical text, the story unfolds against striking, stylized illustrations that transport readers to the bustle and boom of the Industrial Revolution. An informational spread explains more about Carnegie’s life and work.

Andrew Larsen, Katty Maurey
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SKU: OB400202n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771476249

"Certainly the world of public libraries would be poorer without the substantial contribution of Andrew Carnegie... we can all make a real difference when we choose to give back."

- Kirkus Reviews

"Straightforward and accessible... An effective and quite pleasing showcase of an important literary figure."

- Booklist

"Lyrical...will appeal to young elementary school students."

- School Library Journal

"An accessible, admiring portrait."

- Publishers Weekly

"Simply and chronologically presented, it is a clear message that we can make a difference when we give back in whatever way possible and meaningful."

- Sal's Fiction Addiction

"The Man Who Loved Libraries can be a valuable addition to a school library collection."

- Canadian Review of Materials

A Junior Library Guild selection, 2017

TD Summer Reading Club Top 10 Selection

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Publication date

August 15, 2023

Number of pages


Interest age

From 4 to 8