This Pro-Palestine Children's Book Is Coming to Your Schools and Libraries [OP-ED]

posted by Hannity Staff - 5.08.24

By Ethan Keller, Co-Founder of the Locke Society.

While many individuals and commentators are still shocked that young Americans have flooded the streets in support of Hamas, this is likely just the beginning. While no one was paying attention, the massive non-profit organization First Book was promoting and selling a pro-Palestine book that is written for children as young as four years old. The book was featured prominently in their “New Arrivals” section and is titled
Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine.

First Book purchases books by the hundreds, or even thousands, and resells them at extreme discounts to librarians and teachers across the country. Previously, we have covered this organization’s work in getting sexually explicit books, as well as anti-American and racist books into classrooms across the country.

At first glance, Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine does not seem like a book that would be problematic. The synopsis states, “A Palestinian family celebrates the stories of their homeland in this moving autobiographical picture book debut by Hannah Moushabeck. With heartfelt illustrations by Reem Madooh, Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine is a love letter to home, to family, and to the persisting hope of people, which transcends borders.”

The fact that this book was so prominently promoted on First Book’s website shortly after Hamas’ cold-blooded terror attack on Israel on October 7th should be a major cause for concern. Educators across the nation were grasping for any resources they could find to show the “reason” for the attack, and this book perfectly fits the search.

The book is well-written, and will pull on the heartstrings of those that read it. The author talks about how a father of two girls lost his home and everything his family owned, and how he only has a rusty old key left. The author, publisher, and organizations that promote the book will claim that it is not an anti-Semitic or anti-Israel book as neither Israel nor Jewish people are mentioned in any part of it, but the reference to Jerusalem will open that door to discuss it. The memories recalled in the book focus on Jerusalem, which according to anti-Israel protesters today, is stolen land. (More information on the real history behind the Israel-Palestine conflict can be found in our lesson: https://lockesociety.org/israel-palestine-conflict/).

This book in the hands of a teacher is especially concerning if the teacher is an anti-Israel advocate. The book ends in a way that will lead the reader, or listener, to ask “why can’t they go back?” This opens the door for the adult in the room to politically sway any young reader and form their political allegiances as they respond to the question.

What is most troubling is that First Book sold out of this book by the end of November
2023 and has restocked their store to sell more. This means that hundreds, or even
thousands of classrooms, libraries, and other educational institutions now have this
book available. Most likely, the pro-Palestine teachers and librarians, who parents
protest on a weekly basis to no avail, have these books proudly displayed and are hoping
every child will read it.

Now some may say it cannot be in libraries in conservative states where parents now
have a say, but a simple search might surprise you.

According to WorldCat Homeland: My Father Dreams of Palestine is available in 10 libraries in Florida including: St. Petersburg Library System, Leon County Public Library System, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County Library System, Boca Raton Public Library, Miami Dade Public Library System, Orange County Library System, Sarasota County Library System, Volusia County Public Library, and Alachua County Library District. A search in WorldCat does not show the classrooms where teachers have decided to stock this book in their classroom library. So, it is likely that this book is in hundreds, if not thousands of classrooms across the country, and there is no way to know if it is in the classroom unless you have access to that classroom library.

Still we have taken the time to catalog the libraries by state that do show the book available on WorldCat and the list is beneath. In total we found this book available in 292 libraries across the country.


Birmingham Public Library 


Birmingham, AL, United States 


Mesa Public Library 

Main Library 

Mesa, AZ, United States 

Maricopa County Library District 

Sun Lakes, AZ, United States 


PHOENIX, AZ, United States 


Ontario City Library 

Ontario, CA, United States 

Palm Springs Public Library 

Palm Springs, CA, United States 

San Diego County Library 

San Diego, CA, United States 

San Diego Public Library 


San Diego, CA, United States 

Carlsbad City Library System 

Carlsbad, CA, United States 

Oceanside Public Library 

Civic Center Library 

Oceanside, CA, United States 

OC Public Libraries 

OC Public Libraries Administration / Headquarters Santa Ana, CA, United States 

Orange Public Library and History Center Orange, CA, United States 

Covina Public Library 

Covina, CA, United States 

Altadena Library District 

Altadena, CA, United States 

Pasadena Public Library 

Central Library 

Pasadena, CA, United States 

LA County Library 

County of Los Angeles Public Library 

Downey, CA, United States

Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Glendale, CA, United States 

Palos Verdes Library District 


Rolling Hills Estates, CA, United States 

Santa Monica Public Library 

Santa Monica, CA, United States 

Thousand Oaks Public Library Grant R. Brimhall Library 

Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 

Richmond Public Library 

Richmond, CA, United States 

Monterey County Free Libraries MCFL 

Marina, CA, United States 

San Jose Public Library 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library San Jose, CA, United States 

Santa Clara County Library District Campbell, CA, United States 

Yolo County Library 

Administration Office 

Woodland, CA, United States 

Santa Clara City Library 

Santa Clara, CA, United States 

Alameda County Library 

Fremont, CA, United States 

Sunnyvale Public Library 

Sunnyvale, CA, United States 

Belvedere Tiburon Library 

Belvedere Tiburon, CA, United States

San Anselmo Public Library San Anselmo, CA, United States 

Mountain View Public Library MVPL 

Mountain View, CA, United States 

Contra Costa County Library Pleasant Hill, CA, United States 

Palo Alto City Library 

Palo Alto, CA, United States 

Berkeley Public Library 

Central Library 

Berkeley, CA, United States 

Sonoma County Library 

Rohnert Park, CA, United States 

Harrison Memorial Library 

Carmel, CA, United States 


Montrose Regional Library District Montrose, CO, United States 

Pikes Peak Library District 

Colorado Springs, CO, United States 

Arapahoe Library District 

Arapahoe Libraries 

Englewood, CO, United States 

Denver Public Library 

Central Library 

Denver, CO, United States 

University of Northern Colorado James A. Michener Library 

Greeley, CO, United States

Jefferson County Public Library 


Lakewood, CO, United States 

High Plains Library District 

Administration & Support Services Greeley, CO, United States 


Greenwich Library 

Greenwich, CT, United States 

The Ferguson Library 

Stamford, CT, United States 

Norwalk Public Library 

Norwalk, CT, United States 

Bibliomation, Inc 

Waterbury, CT, United States 

Lucy Robbins Welles Library 

Newington, CT, United States 

West Hartford Public Library 

West Hartford, CT, United States 


St. Petersburg Library System 

St Petersburg, FL, United States 

Leon County Public Library System Tallahassee, FL, United States 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL, United States 

Palm Beach County Library System Main Library 

West Palm Beach, FL, United States Boca Raton Public Library

Spanish River Library 

Boca Raton, FL, United States 

Miami Dade Public Library System Main Library 

Miami, FL, United States 

Orange County Library System Orlando Public Library 

Orlando, FL, United States 

Sarasota County Library System Sarasota, FL, United States 

Volusia County Public Library Daytona Beach, FL, United States 

Alachua County Library District ACLD 

Gainesville, FL, United States 


Live Oak Public Libraries 

Savannah, GA, United States 

Athens Regional Library System Athens Clarke County Library Athens, GA, United States 

DeKalb County Public Library Decatur, GA, United States 

Forsyth County Public Library Cumming, GA, United States 


Marshall Public Library 

Pocatello, ID, United States 

Coeur d’Alene Public Library Coeur d’Alene, ID, United States


River Forest Public Library 

River Forest, IL, United States 

Evanston Public Library 

Evanston, IL, United States 

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Urbana, IL, United States 

Champaign Public Library 

Champaign, IL, United States 

Morton Public Library District 

Morton, IL, United States 

South Holland Public Library 

South Holland, IL, United States 

Oak Lawn Public Library 

Oak Lawn, IL, United States 

Plainfield Area Public Library District Plainfield, IL, United States 

Fountaindale Public Library District Bolingbrook, IL, United States 

McCook Public Library District 

McCook, IL, United States 

Indian Prairie Public Library 

Darien, IL, United States 

Chicago Public Library 

Harold Washington Library Center Chicago, IL, United States 

Lasalle Public Library 

LaSalle, IL, United States 

La Grange Public Library

La Grange, IL, United States 

Vernon Area Public Library District Lincolnshire, IL, United States 

Downers Grove Public Library Downers Grove, IL, United States 

Oak Park Public Library 

Oak Park, IL, United States 

Elmwood Park Public Library Elmwood Park, IL, United States 

Aurora Public Library District Aurora, IL, United States 

Eisenhower Public Library District Harwood Heights, IL, United States 

Wheaton Public Library 

Wheaton, IL, United States 

Addison Public Library 

Addison, IL, United States 

Skokie Public Library 

Skokie, IL, United States 

Niles Maine District Library Niles, IL, United States 

Wilmette Public Library District WPL 

Wilmette, IL, United States 

Des Plaines Public Library 

Des Plaines, IL, United States 

Elk Grove Village Public Library Elk Grove Village, IL, United States 

Mount Prospect Public Library Mount Prospect, IL, United States

Midlothian Public Library 

Midlothian, IL, United States 

Schaumburg Township District Library Schaumburg, IL, United States 

Northbrook Public Library 

Northbrook, IL, United States 

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Arlington Heights, IL, United States 

Indian Trails Public Library District Indian Trails Library District, ITPLD, ITLD Wheeling, IL, United States 

Deerfield Public Library 

Deerfield, IL, United States 

Barrington Area Library 

Barrington, IL, United States 

Algonquin Area Public Library District Algonquin, IL, United States 

Galena Public Library District 

Galena, IL, United States 

Cook Memorial Public Library District Libertyville, IL, United States 

Helen Plum Library 

Lombard, IL, United States 

Glen Ellyn Public Library 

Glen Ellyn, IL, United States 

Roselle Public Library District 

Roselle, IL, United States 

Bloomingdale Public Library 

Bloomingdale, IL, United States

Ela Area Public Library District Lake Zurich, IL, United States 

Round Lake Area Public Library District Round Lake, IL, United States 

Warrenville Public Library District Warrenville, IL, United States 

Bloomington Public Library 

Bloomington, IL, United States 


Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library EVPL 

Evansville, IN, United States 

Monroe County Public Library Bloomington, IN, United States 

Johnson County Public Library Franklin Branch 

Franklin, IN, United States 

The Indianapolis Public Library Central Library 

Indianapolis, IN, United States 

Carmel Clay Public Library 

Carmel, IN, United States 

Allen County Public Library 


Fort Wayne, IN, United States 

Lake County Public Library 

Merrillville, IN, United States 


Ames Public Library 

Ames, IA, United States

Iowa City Public Library 

Iowa City, IA, United States 


NH Automated Information System Concord, NH, United States 

Des Moines Public Library 


Des Moines, IA, United States 

Urbandale Public Library 

Urbandale, IA, United States 

University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA, United States 

Cedar Falls Public Library 

Cedar Falls, IA, United States 


Johnson County Library 

Overland Park, KS, United States 

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library Main Library 

Kansas City, KS, United States 

Lawrence Public Library 

Lawrence, KS, United States 

Derby Public Library 

Derby, KS, United States 

Hutchinson Public Library 

Hutchinson, KS, United States 


Jessamine County Public Library Nicholasville, KY, United States

Kenton County Public Library 


Erlanger, KY, United States 

Louisville Free Public Library 

Louisville, KY, United States 


New Orleans Public Library 

New Orleans, LA, United States 

East Baton Rouge Parish Library System 

Baton Rouge, LA, United States 


University of Southern Maine, Osher Map Library Osher Map Library 

Portland, ME, United States 

University of Maine at Farmington 

Mantor Library 

Farmington, ME, United States 

Portland Public Library 

Portland, ME, United States 


Southern Maryland Regional Library Association Charlotte Hall, MD, United States 

Baltimore County Public Library 

Towson, MD, United States 

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System – PGCMLS PGCMLS, Administrative Offices 

Largo, MD, United States 

Montgomery County Public Library, MD 

Rockville, MD, United States

Anne Arundel County Public Library AACPL 

Annapolis, MD, United States 

Cecil County Public Library 

lkton, MD, United States 

Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore City) Central Library 

Baltimore, MD, United States 


Boston Public Library 

Boston, MA, United States 

C/W Mars 

Worcester, MA, United States 

Clams, Inc 

Hyannis, MA, United States 

Minuteman Library Network 

Natick, MA, United States 

Boston College 

Thomas P. O’Neill Library 

Chestnut Hill, MA, United States 

Merrimack Valley Library Consortium MVLC 

North Andover, MA, United States 


Southfield Public Library 

Southfield, MI, United States 

Farmington Community Library Main Library 

Farmington Hills, MI, United States


Saint Paul Public Library 

Saint Paul, MN, United States 

Rochester Public Library 

Rochester, MN, United States 

Carleton College Library 

Laurence McKinley Gould Library Northfield, MN, United States 

Washington County Library 

Woodbury, MN, United States 

Dakota County Library 

Eagan, MN, United States 

Ramsey County Public Library 

Shoreview, MN, United States 

Hennepin County Library 

Minnetonka, MN, United States 

Anoka County Library 

Blaine, MN, United States 

Great River Regional Library 


St. Cloud, MN, United States 

Plum Creek Library System 

Worthington, MN, United States 


Saint Louis County Library 

St Louis, MO, United States 

Springfield-Greene County Library District The Library Center 

Springfield, MO, United States 

Daniel Boone Regional Library

Columbia Public Library; Callaway County Public Library; Southern Boone County Public Library; Holts Summit Public Library 

Columbia, MO, United States 

Mid-Continent Public Library 

Independence, MO, United States 


Billings Public Library 

Main Library 

Billings, MT, United States 

Belgrade Community Library 

Belgrade, MT, United States 


Omaha Public Library 

Omaha, NE, United States 


Henderson Libraries 

Administrative Offices 

Henderson, NV, United States 

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District= 

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District 

Las Vegas, NV, United States 

New Hampshire 


NH Automated Information System 

Concord, NH, United States 

New Jersey 

Cape May County Library 

Cape May Court House, NJ, United States 

Rowan College South Jersey, Cumberland Campus 

Vineland, NJ, United States

Camden County Library System 

Voorhees, NJ, United States 

Somerset County Library 

Bridgewater, NJ, United States 

Jersey City Free Public Library System 

Priscilla Gardner Main Library 

Jersey City, NJ, United States 

Bergen County Cooperative Library System Consortium BCCLS 

Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 

Newark Public Library 

Newark, NJ, United States 

Atlantic County Library System 

Mays Landing, NJ, United States 

New Mexico 

Rio Rancho Public Library 

Rio Rancho, NM, United States 

Farmington Public Library 

Farmington, NM, United States 

Santa Fe Public Library 

Santa Fe, NM, United States 

Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System Albuquerque, NM, United States 

Alamogordo Public Library 

Alamogordo, NM, United States 

New York 

Brooklyn Public Library 

Central Library 

Brooklyn, NY, United States 

New York Public Library System


New York, NY, United States 

Queens Public Library 

Jamaica, NY, United States 

Four County Library System 

Vestal, NY, United States 

Finger Lakes Library System 

Ithaca, NY, United States 

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Central (downtown Buffalo) 

Buffalo, NY, United States 

Rochester Public Library 

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Rochester, NY, United States 

Onondaga County Public Library 


Syracuse, NY, United States 

Nioga Library System 

Lockport, NY, United States 

North Carolina 

Mooresville Public Library 

Mooresville, NC, United States 

Durham County Library 

Durham, NC, United States 

Forsyth County Public Library 

Winston-Salem, NC, United States 

Wake County Public Libraries 

Raleigh, NC, United States 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library 

Charlotte, NC, United States

North Dakota 

Fargo Public Library 

Fargo, ND, United States 

University of North Dakota 

Chester Fritz Library 

Grand Forks, ND, United States 

Bismarck Public Library 

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library Bismarck, ND, United States 


Stark County District Library 

Canton, OH, United States 

Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library CHPL 

Cincinnati, OH, United States 

SEO Library Consortium 

Caldwell, OH, United States 

Cecil County Public Library 

Elkton, MD, United States 

Southwest Public Libraries 

Grove City Library 

Grove City, OH, United States 

Columbus Metropolitan Library 


Columbus, OH, United States 

Dayton Metro Library 

Dayton, OH, United States 

Upper Arlington Public Library 

Upper Arlington, OH, United States Worthington Libraries

Worthington, OH, United States 

Westerville Public Library 

Westerville Library 

Westerville, OH, United States 

Akron-Summit County Public Library 

Akron, OH, United States 

Westlake Porter Public Library 

Westlake, OH, United States 

Avon Lake Public Library 

Avon Lake, OH, United States 

Muskingum County Library System 

Zanesville, OH, United States 


Tulsa City-County Library 

Tulsa, OK, United States 

Pioneer Library System 


Norman, OK, United States 

Metropolitan Library System 

Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library 

Oklahoma City, OK, United States 


Deschutes Public Library 

Bend, OR, United States 

Libraries in Clackamas County 


Oregon City, OR, United States 

Multnomah County Library 

Portland, OR, United States 

Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service


Salem, OR, United States 

Washington County Cooperative Library Services 


Hillsboro, OR, United States 

Jackson County Library Services 

Medford, OR, United States 

Eugene Public Library 

Eugene, OR, United States 


Library System of Lancaster County 

Lancaster, PA, United States 

Dauphin County Library System 

Administrative Offices 

Harrisburg, PA, United States 

Free Library of Philadelphia 

Parkway Central Library 

Philadelphia, PA, United States 

Montgomery County Norristown Public Library 

Norristown, PA, United States 

Bucks County Free Library 

BCFL; Bucks County Library District; Bucks County Library Network; Bucks County Public Libraries; 

Doylestown, PA, United States 

Centre County Federation of Public Library 

State College, PA, United States 

Bethlehem Area Public Library 

Bethlehem, PA, United States 

Erie County Public Library 

Erie, PA, United States 

Hershey Public Library 

Hershey, PA, United States

Cumberland County Library System Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 

South Carolina 

Charleston County Library 

Charleston, SC, United States 

Richland County Public Library 

Richland Library 

Columbia, SC, United States 


Nashville Public Library 

Main Library 

Nashville, TN, United States 


Helen Hall Library 

League City, TX, United States 

Houston Public Library 

Central Library 

Houston, TX, United States 

Montgomery County Memorial Library System Central Branch – Conroe 

CONROE, TX, United States 

Longview Public Library 

Longview, TX, United States 

Waco-McLennan County Library 

Waco, TX, United States 

Dallas Public Library 

Central Library 

Dallas, TX, United States 

Allen Public Library 

Allen, TX, United States

Temple Public Library 

Temple, TX, United States 

Austin Public Library 

Central Library 

Austin, TX, United States 

Westbank Community Library 

Austin, TX, United States 

Wilson County Public Libraries Sam Fore Jr. Public Library 

Floresville, TX, United States 

University of the Incarnate Word J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library 

San Antonio, TX, United States 

Charlotte Public Library 

Charlotte, TX, United States 

Wichita Falls Public Library 

Wichita Falls, TX, United States 

Pflugerville Public Library 

Pflugerville, TX, United States 

Basil Anthony Moreau Memorial Library Buda, TX, United States 

San Antonio Public Library 

San Antonio, TX, United States 


Washington County Library System St George, UT, United States 

Provo City Library 

Provo, UT, United States 

Orem Public Library 

Orem, UT, United States

Salt Lake County Library Services Whitmore Library 

Cottonwood Heights, UT, United States 

Salt Lake City Public Library 

Salt Lake City, UT, United States 

Weber County Library System Roy, UT, United States 


Roanoke City Public Library 

Roanoke, VA, United States 

Alexandria Library 

Alexandria, VA, United States 

Virginia Beach Public Library System Virginia Beach, VA, United States 

Henrico County Public Library 

Henrico, VA, United States 

Fairfax County Public Library 

Chantilly, VA, United States 

Loudoun County Public Library Library Administration 

Leesburg, VA, United States 

Central Rappahannock Regional Library Fredericksburg, VA, United States 


Pierce County Library System 

Tacoma, WA, United States 

Richland Public Library 

Richland, WA, United States 

King County Library System 

Service Center, Administrative Offices

Issaquah, WA, United States 

Tacoma Public Library 

Main Branch 

Tacoma, WA, United States 

Seattle Public Library 

Central Library 

Seattle, WA, United States 

Sno-Isle Libraries 

Administrative & Service Center 

Marysville, WA, United States 

Timberland Regional Library 


Tumwater, WA, United States 

Mount Vernon City Library 

Mount Vernon, WA, United States 

Burlington Public Library 

Burlington, WA, United States 

Spokane County Library District 

Spokane, WA, United States 

San Juan Island Library District 

Friday Harbor, WA, United States 

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Vancouver, WA, United States 

Washington DC 

District of Columbia Public Library Washington, DC, United States 


Milwaukee Public Library 

Milwaukee County Federated Library System

Milwaukee, WI, United States 

(LINKcat) South Central Library System Madison, WI, United States 

Monarch Library System 

Sheboygan, WI, United States 

Winnefox Library System 

Oshkosh, WI, United States 

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh UW Oshkosh Libraries 

Oshkosh, WI, United States 


Northeast Wisconsin Public Libraries Appleton, WI, United States 

Brown County Library 

Green Bay, WI, United States 

Superiorland Library Cooperative Marquette, MI, United States 


Laramie County Library System Cheyenne, WY, United States

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