Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children
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Annotation: Picture book biography of New York City librarian Anne Carroll Moore, who created the first children's corner at the New York Public Library.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #69478
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Atwell, Debby,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available (Limited Quantities Available / While Supplies Last)
ISBN: Publisher: 0-547-47105-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-59305-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-547-47105-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-59305-3
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2012018092
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Pinborough introduces young readers to Anne Carroll Moore, the strong-willed woman whose vision of library services for children shaped the standards and practices of the New York Public Library (and the world) for more than a generation. Moore grew up reading and hearing stories in an era when children were not welcomed by public libraries; she later became a librarian (one of the few jobs open to unmarried women) and worked tirelessly to ensure that all children felt welcome at library programs and were able to check out books. The author treads lightly on legends of Moore's formidable (and often forbidding) personality, playfully asserting that whenever Miss Moore "thought otherwise," she got her way. Atwell's cozy, folk-art-style paintings brim with period details and depict a multicultural clientele. Appended with an author's note and sources, this makes an ideal addition to women's history units. Pair with Jeanette Winter's The Librarian of Basra (2005) or Biblioburro (2010) for other stories of notable librarians.
Horn Book
This easygoing picture-book biography gives us a simple narrative of Anne Carroll Moore's Maine childhood and early love of books on through to her career at the New York Public Library. With sun-dappled acrylic paintings of, first, rural Maine and, later, triumphantly, the light-filled interiors of NYPL's new Childrens Room, the tone here is one of uncomplicated optimism, reflecting Moore's practical idealism. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
Any library school student or librarian who doesn't know the name of Anne Carroll Moore is greatly remiss; this book will set them right. "Miss Moore" was the primary force in establishing library service for children in 1906 at the New York Public Library. And a force she was. Beginning with her childhood, the story relays how her strong-willed nature and independence led her to challenge the societal taboos of the times and demand the rights of children to books and library services. To counter the argument that children would damage or forget to return books, she instituted a pledge for children to sign: "When I write my name in this book I promise to take good care of the book I use at home and in the library and to obey the rules of the library." Pinborough's affectionate portrait paints her hero as larger than life, an indomitable promoter of books and reading, and an inspiration for improved library service to children around the world. Atwell's acrylic illustrations have a folk-art look, befitting the time period and conveying the spirit of this doyenne. The image of Miss Moore taking down a giant "SILENCE" sign in the children's room speaks volumes. A must for school and public libraries and those who love them. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)
Publishers Weekly
Pinborough debuts with a biography of children-s advocate and librarian Moore (1871-1961), celebrated for her pioneering work in making libraries and library services accessible to (and fun for) kids. The author has selected highlights from Moore-s life-her belief in letting children touch and borrow books, her ascent to the head of children-s services for the New York Public Library-and streamlined them into 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. Information on Moore and other trailblazing librarians is included in endnotes. Ages 6-9. (Mar.)

School Library Journal
Gr 3&11;4&12; From early childhood, Moore had "ideas of her own" and "preferred taking wild toboggan rides" to staying indoors and doing the quiet things expected of girls in the 1870s. Pinborough's introduction to the pioneering librarian's Maine upbringing quickly identifies her independent thinking and strong opinions for which she was known. This picture-book account then focuses on her role in designing the famous children's room during construction of New York City's historic central library, her activities in developing services there, and her influence on the promotion of children's books and the wider field of children's library services. Readers learn that some libraries had become more welcoming to children in the late 19th and early 20th centuries though many were still inhospitable to them. The enthusiastic narrative makes it seem that Moore was a singular force in developing special rooms for children. "In big cities and small towns across America, more and more libraries began to copy Miss Moore's Central Children's Room. So did libraries in England, France, Belgium, Sweden, Russia, India and Japan." A concluding author's note does explain that other librarians were actually forerunners of Moore. Atwell's sunny, naive paintings and vignettes vary nicely in layout with many filling the page and a few set in frames or sweeping in circular lines. The flat figures in cheerful countryside, city, and library settings convey a long-ago time. The text is wooden at times but competent in telling its story. As a lesson in library history it will be most interesting to adults, who may also find enjoyable items in the bibliography of adult sources. It might also find readers among children who enjoy reading about earlier times &12; Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 1,795
Reading Level: 5.6
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 156569 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:7.6 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q59950
Lexile: AD1060L

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.

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