Thursday, March 14, 2013

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise


Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children
Written by Jan Pinborough
Illustrated by Debby Atwell
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Unpaged biography.

Anne Carroll Moore grew up in the late 19th century in Limerick, Maine. Although young women at the time had few options, Miss Moore had big dreams and aspirations. She went to college in New York and became a librarian. She worked at a library that had an innovative addition- a room just for children! At the time, children were seldom allowed in libraries, much less permitted to touch the books, because people thought that they would cause chaos and ruin the books. Miss Moore believed that children had a place in the library, so she took down the "Silence" sign and purchased adventurous books that they would enjoy. She also had special programs for them, including musical acts, storytellers, and visits from authors like Dr. Seuss! This is an excellent picture book biography about a woman who helped to change the library world.

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