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

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! When she got a job overseeing children's services for the New York Public Library branches, she countered the belief that children would damage, or forget to return, the books, by getting her young borrowers to sign a pledge — and the kids did! And as more and more people realized that children benefited from access to books, they offered her the chance to create a whole room just for kids for the new branch at 42nd Street: an inviting place that would let children know they belonged at the library.

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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"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." -- Publishers Weekly

"Beginning with her childhood, the story relays how [Moore's] 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.... 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."-- Kirkus

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Jan Pinborough
Illustrator Debby Atwell
ISBN 9780547471051
Publication Date Mar 5, 2013
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Language English