Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children (Hardcover)

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By Jan Pinborough, Debby Atwell (Illustrator)
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"Miss Moore Thought Otherwise is a fantastic new picture book about Anne Carroll Moore. Born in Limerick, Maine in 1871, the independent-minded Anne learned about the world by reading her father’s books. She began to resent the fact that children weren’t allowed in libraries and children’s books were often scarce and poorly written. So Miss Moore decided to change all that. She became a pioneer of children’s library services.

Eventually, she would establish (and design) the Central Children’s Room at the New york Public Library. What a wonderful thing it is to have such a well written and illustrated book about a woman who cared so much for children’s literature."

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Once upon a time, American children couldn’t borrow library books. Reading wasn’t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the world’s best children’s books in many different languages.

About the Author

Jan Pinborough is the managing editor of a children’s magazine called “Friend.” This is her first children’s book. She lives in Utah.

Debby Atwell is the acclaimed illustrator of many books, including, Barn, Pearl and River, published by Houghton Mifflin. She lives in Maine.

Praise For…

"This makes an ideal addition to women's history units."

"A must for school and public libraries and those who love them."

"[An] easygoing picture-book biography."
Horn Book

"A concise, breezy chronology. Atwell's folk-art style acrylics capture a sense of history in the making, as well as the book's themes of excitement and change."
Publishers Weekly

"Atwell's cheery, doll-like figures and joyful colors are a good match for the woman who insisted that children's library space should be vibrant and stimulating."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780547471051
ISBN-10: 054747105X
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 40
Language: English