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The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  89 reviews
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.
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Owlkids
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I read this book with my kids and enjoyed it. It was educational and shared the value of doing for others. This is a book I would recommend getting for children. A quick read with acceptable illustrations.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Andrew Carnegie is one of my heroes, because he believed that if you have a lot of money you should use it to help people. He built libraries literally all over the world, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, and many other places that are still enjoyed today. I also like that he worked his way up from humble beginnings through hard work, once his family moved from Scotland to Pittsburgh, and appreciated the library Colonel Anderson allowed him access to in order to further his education. He was ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The thing we forget about the Industrial/Guilded age was that when people got rich, as so many people did, that they gave back. I know it is odd to think there was a time that millionaires and billionaires gave back to the community, but it did happen.

This book is the story of the man responsible for the Carnegie libraries around the US and around the world, as well as Carnegie Hall. When he made his money, he gave it back so that the common people had something real, real libraries to read book
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I wished for more explanation about how Carnegie made his money by being a ruthless union-busting SOB who then used his philanthropy for positive PR to obscure what a lousy guy he was to his workers. But this book doesn't even touch that, listing only one vague note at the end about his reputation and nothing that tells the truth about what it was like to be a worker who made his millions.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love biographies and this one will not disappoint. Andrew Carnegie is even now known throughout the world for his spectacular libraries which enable people to borrow books for free thus promoting the love of reading and learning in their lives.

In 1848 Andrew and his family immigrate to America. His dad, a weaver by trade in their hometown in Scotland, is becoming obsolete so he moves his growing family across the ocean to start a brand new life.

They arrive in the USA at the peek of the Indus
Producervan in Cornville, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
The Man Who Loved Libraries, The Story of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Larsen. Illustrated by Katty Maury. Owlkids Books. 5 Stars. Super easy biography of Andrew Carnegie with nice, mellow illustrations about the man who gave us the Carnegie libraries and Carnegie Hall, who in his widespread philanthropy did not forget to bestow a library upon his home town of Dunfermline in Scotland. Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley and Owlkids Books for providing this ebook for review.
Sara Planz
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't resist downloading this from NetGalley. Andrew Carnegie's life had its controversies of course with his union busting actions, but you cannot deny the legacy he left building libraries all over the world. As someone who grew up right outside of Pittsburgh, in a town named Carnegie, those libraries were places where I could dream and they formed me into who I am today. This book is a wonderful way for children (and adults) to learn about this man's work.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
I really enjoyed this informative book about the life of Andrew Carnegie. I thought the pace of the story was well done -- it covered important information without getting bogged down in words, and the illustrations were nice too.

The narrative traces Carnegie's life from his poor beginnings in Scotland, to working his way up from factory worker to steel mogul in America, and then focuses on his charitable work building libraries all over the world.

At the end there were a couple pages of more d
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
There are few genres that it is as hard to do well as a children’s picture book biography. It needs to be age-appropriate, truthful, attractive, and engaging. It also needs to have a good balance between honesty and detail. This one doesn’t quite do it. I don’t mind that it focuses on one part of Carnegie’s life - libraries. In fact, most picture book biographies that are well done do that so it can stay short but still give the facts. But there is no mention at all in the book itself (the notes ...more
M. Sarki
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A history book for children. Written in an unpretentious, matter-of-fact way, with words and pictures that respect the intellect of kids while promoting a love for books and reading. Andrew Carnegie did much to help the disadvantaged and is responsible for many libraries throughout our country. The book also is honest about what a ruthless businessman Carnegie was and how he sometimes mistreated his workers. But the book does so much to further social awareness and offers hope to all who desire ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A simple yet thorough book on Andrew Carnegie and his achievements throughout his life.
Dawn Betts-Green (Dinosaur in the Library)
Life lesson: even if it is a free ARC, never read a picture book on a kindle...story’s good, what I could see of the illustrations were good.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This book paints a rosy picture of Carnegie, focusing solely on his passion for books. The author includes one line about the millionaire's clashes with unionized workers.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Larsen is a new biography for junior readers that is now available at your library. This is a beautiful tale that I think both children and adults alike will adore, as it teaches them about a generous man from the past who appreciated all that libraries can offer to people and their communities. This book tells the story of Andrew Carnegie, who immigrated to America when he was a child with his family in the 1800s in search of ...more
Ashli A to Z
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Andrew Carnegie....from a small village in Scotland to the accomplished businessman we all know. They portrayed his hard work ethic, love for learning, and philanthropy in a way that will engage the youngest of learners.

This review is based on an ARC provided by NetGalley.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Want a book that is not only visually pleasing to all readers but will get children excited about libraries? This book did the trick in my household. Andrew Carnegie’s story was will written and beautifully illustrated.

Reading a children’s book always makes me feel calm and relaxed. It must be the illustrations or maybe it is the use of language that all can understand. With this book there was the beauty of life, and struggle within the history by this pillar of a man. I was eager to share this
Allison M
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
As someone who works in the world's first Carnegie library, in Andrew Carnegie's home town of Dunfermline, I simply had to read this book! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Owlkids Books for letting me have an ARC of The Man Who Loved Libraries.

This is a really good short introduction to Andrew Carnegie, and to ideas of sharing and philanthropy, for school-children. I am surprised to see Dunfermline described as a village (it was a Royal Burgh; a birth and burial-place of Scottish royalty, eg.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book definitely tugged at my heartstrings. As I work in a renovated Carnegie library it hit very close to home how lucky my small town was. This book showcased the hard work and determination can make a big difference in not just your life but in millions of others. I also liked that they also mentioned some of his negative issues like the low quality for workers in his steel factory. Showcasing that even though we remember him as this fantastical person he had his issues just like everyone ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This picture book is full of beautiful illustrations and shares Andrew Carnegie's life story and love for libraries. I appreciate that the factual information in the back of the book after the story briefly addressees the Homestead Strike; while Carnegie did much good with his libraries, as the book says, his relationship with his workers was complicated (to say the least).

This book will be published on August 15, 2017.

I received an ARC from NetGalley.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t resist—I had to request this book for review because: LIBRARIES. As a librarian and bibliophile I think it’s vital to encourage young children to know more and more about the library world and the important figures in its history, so I am very happy this book exists. The targeted audience for this book is children grades 1-3, and I’m fairly certain it is intended for school libraries or public libraries to purchase and have in their collection—mainly because near the end of the book t ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-e-books
Disclaimer: Received a free digital copy of the book through Netgalley.

This is a brief non-fiction account of classic 'rags to riches' life story of Andrew Carnegie, however, the focus is on his love for acquiring an education for himself and reading as well as his philanthropic work. The main reason I adored this little book was because of the fact that you hardly get books about libraries and people who made precious gems like books available to the general public; learning about Carnegie's s
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I was growing up, the library was magical to me. (They still are). My local public library was a wonderfully built neo-classical blonde stone building (wikipedia commons pic below) full to bursting with books which could take me anywhere and anywhen and I had a card of my own, and by gosh I knew how to use it! And that smell... it still transports me to a seriously happy place.

The point is, my first, beloved, public library was a Carnegie library, built with funds from the Carnegie foundati
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher - (edited for length & clarity)

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 ti
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Larsen gives young readers a very brief introduction to the rags to riches story that was Andrew Carnegie. The book briefly discusses the fact that he made his fortune because of the railroads and his knowledge to invest in companies that produced oil, iron, and steel. More importantly to this story, Carnegie never forgot the kindness of Colonel Anderson who had opened his library to him, so with his riches, Carnegie built the first public library in the small Scottish village where he was born. ...more
Becky B
A picture book biography of Andrew Carnegie, who worked his way up from an immigrant bobbin boy to one of the wealthiest men in America. He invested much of his wealth in philanthropic interests, such as building libraries. This book focuses on how a library was important to Carnegie growing up and how that inspired him to build more libraries. Further information on Carnegie, his philanthropic endeavors, and how he went about deciding where to build libraries can be found in the back of the boo ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Illustration for the Man Who Loved Libraries was nothing stunning, the same could be said for the writing. If anything could be said of it, it could be said it works - its not bad and its functional, its just not something that would stick in your head afterwords or you'd come back to it to read it. In a few pages, the choice of complimentary colour truly stands out, and I would like to have seen more of that, but some of the colour and composition choices were a bit bland and mediocre at be ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about the man who shared his wealth by helping to build communitites by funding libraries! (And so many more things!) The authour (a Canadian) was inspired to write the book after seeing a plaque on a library in Toronto crediting Mr. Carnegie for funds for the building. Carnegie's family moved to the U.S. from Scotland when he was 12 and through hard work, luck, and a very favourable tax system he became one of the richest men in America. Carnegie had learned much in libraries ...more
Wayne McCoy
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
'The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie' by Andrew Larsen with illustrations by Katty Maurey is a picture book about one of America's greatest philanthropists.

The story begins when Andrew Carnegie was a boy in Scotland. Andrew's love of learning started early and followed him as his family immigrated to America. He was helped by a man named Colonel Anderson who had a private library that Andrew could use. That love of libraries continued, even after Andrew Carnegie became very
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie can best be described as a very basic overview of Mr. Carnegie's life and his very laudable quest to establish public libraries all over the world.

It is meant to be a children's book, although the reactions of the children (ages 4 - 10) I read this to suggest it might fall short. They expressed disappointment that the illustrations weren't more brightly colored (one actually used the word "boring"), and the older child felt there should
Jennifer Strong
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, children-s

I love libraries. I love books. I know I'm not alone in this. Andrew Carnegie did too. He started out very poor in Scotland and immigrated to the United States. While he worked various jobs as a youth he made sure to make time for learning. He took advantage of a local businessman's personal library, which was open only on Saturday afternoons. The things he learned from reading helped him to get a better job with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and eventually he became one of the bosses. He be
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