Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

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. miss-moore

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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 054747105X
ISBN-13: 978-0547471051


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5 Replies to “Miss Moore Thought Otherwise”

  1. Thanks for this review! I’ve been on the fence about whether or not this book would fit with my blog, which is kid lit about politics. It sounds like there’s a small thread of politics in it, so I think I’ll go for it. Thanks again!

  2. My greatest hopes in writing Miss Moore Thought Otherwise were to encourage people to appreciate and support an invaluable resource that we take too much for granted and to help otherwise-thinking children to prize their unconventional ideas and make their unique contributions to the world. Thank you so much for helping spread the word on your lovely blog!

  3. Jan,

    It is so wonderful that you were able to incorporate multiple messages into your book. Thank you for stopping by.

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