Did you know that not all that long ago children were not even allowed into libraries? Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough and illustrated by Debby Atwell chronicles the life of one woman who helped change that by not only allowing children into the library, but also creating separate children’s rooms filled with child-friendly books and activities to welcome them and encourage them to come back.
Although the main theme of the book is a celebration of children’s libraries, there are underlying messages about the roles of women and children during at the turn of the last century, how free public libraries are important resources, and that one person can make a difference.
Author Pinborough reveals in the back matter that Anne Carrol Moore wasn’t the only woman at the time who was encouraging public libraries to open up to children, but she chose Miss Moore because she was one of the most influential.
You will want to have the inspiring Miss Moore Thought Otherwise on hand for Picture Book Month, Women’s History Month, and Library Week (April 13-19, 2014). It is a versatile book with an important message.
Review copy proudly obtained in the children’s section of my local public library!
Age Range: 6 – 9 years
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (March 5, 2013)
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