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

by Jan Pinborough
Illustrated by Debby Atwell

Published by Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
40 pages
ISBN: 98-0-547-47105-1

Ages 5-9

Anne Carroll Moore defied expectations for girls and young women growing up in the late nineteenth century, and redefined library services to children in the first part of the twentieth century with the radical idea that libraries should be places that welcome young people. She advocated for spaces designed just for children, and collections and services built around their needs. A child-centered narrative with a delightful refrain detailing time and time again the way Anne Carroll Moore “thought otherwise”—saw beyond what was to what she wanted and the way she thought things should be—is full of engaging details in both the story and Debby Atwell’s charming, folk-inspired art. “Today libraries across America have thousands of books for children. And thanks to the help of a little girl from Limerick, Maine, who had ideas of her own, any child can choose a book from a library shelf, curl up in a comfortable seat to look through it—and then take it home to read.” (MS) ©2013 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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