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  • Published: 8 December 2020
  • ISBN: 9781984892638
  • Imprint: RH USA Kids Trade
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $32.99

Digging for Words

José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built



A gorgeous and inspiring picture book based on the life of José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector in Bogotá, Colombia who started a library with a single discarded book found on his route.

In the city of Bogata, in the barrio of La Nueva Gloria, there live two Joses. One is a boy who dreams of Saturdays-- that's the day he gets to visit Paradise, the library. The second Jose is a garbage collector. From dusk until dawn, he scans the sidewalks as he drives, squinting in the dim light, searching household trash for hidden treasure . . . books! Some are stacked in neat piles, as if waiting for José́. Others take a bit more digging. Ever since he found his first book, Anna Karenina, years earlier, he's been collecting books--thick ones and thin ones, worn ones and almost new ones-- to add to the collection in his home. And on Saturdays, kids like little Jose run to the steps of Paradise to discover a world filled with books and wonder.

With an evocative text by a debut author, and rich, stunning illustrations from an up-and-coming Colombian illustrator, here is a celebration of perseverance, community, and the power of books.

  • Published: 8 December 2020
  • ISBN: 9781984892638
  • Imprint: RH USA Kids Trade
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 40
  • RRP: $32.99

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