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

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Once upon a time, American children couldnt borrow library books. Reading wasnt 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 childrens room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Joan If I recall correctly, it is a picture book style so likely the reading level is around grade 3-5. If you are talking about appropriateness, any age,…moreIf I recall correctly, it is a picture book style so likely the reading level is around grade 3-5. If you are talking about appropriateness, any age, unless you think kids shouldn't be exposed to the fact that grownups argue and disagree.(less)
Joan You might see if your library has it in electronic form, in which case you can read it online for free. Otherwise you can read the print copy for free…moreYou might see if your library has it in electronic form, in which case you can read it online for free. Otherwise you can read the print copy for free at any public library system, as long as you have a library card and return it on time. (less)

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Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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"Many early libraries were not free and open to the public. Sometimes a wealthy person would donate a collection of books and people would pay a membership fee for the privilege of reading them. Often, these collections did not have many books for children. At a time when few people thought children's books were very important, Miss Moore took them seriously, helping fill library shelves with more and better books for children."
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Book lovers, library lovers, those interested in the history of reading.
Recommended to Hilary by: The library bought a copy at my request.
Lovely story of how childrens libraries evolved from silently gesturing you would like to borrow a book from a locked shelf to them being a friendly place to find a book that suited you. It really is amazing that in a short period of time, libraries have gone from that to nowadays just being thankful a child has taken out a book. Our library has a poster in the childrens section that shows a book that has been destroyed by a young child saying something like ' don't worry we're just glad you're ...more
I have to like a book that sheds some light on the early days of children's literature and the evolution of library collections designed specifically for the interests and enjoyment of children. It also tells the story of one of the first, and perhaps the most influential of children's librarians, Anne Carroll Moore. I do, however, have a quibble: Ms. Moore is well-known for having disliked the Oz books, and banned them all from "her" libraries. She also gave her very vehement stamp of ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale of a spunky woman who wouldn't cave to conventional wisdom and followed her own path. She was determined to pursue higher education when most thought she should just settle down and get married. And she thought that books should be available for children to borrow, for free. What a concept!

I grew up going to my local library very often and I have fond memories of the children's section and the librarian who worked there. I could never imagine not having access to such a
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Engaging Picture-Book Biographies and/or Children's Stories About Libraries
Author Jan Pinborough and illustrator Debby Atwell team up in this immensely engaging picture-book biography of Anne Carroll Moore, the early twentieth-century librarian who did so much to establish the field of children's librarianship in the United States. Noting that many libraries didn't have a room set aside for children, or a particularly strong collection of books for young readers - many libraries of the late nineteenth-century didn't even allow children on the premises! - Miss Moore set ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anne Carroll Moore was the master of story-time and the inspiration of children's department in libraries.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Annie Carroll Moore grew up in Limerick, Maine in a time when girls were not encouraged to be opinionated but she had her own ideas. Children in that time were also not allowed in libraries, especially not girls, because reading was not seen as important. Annie had always loved stories and books and though she thought at one time of being a lawyer like her father, she decided to become a librarian. She studied in New York City, living alone even though others thought it was dangerous. Miss Moore ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anne Carroll Moore is to children's libraries as Benjamin Franklin is to the young United States. She was one of the first librarians to not only let young people inside the library, but to create a space just for them. So much of what we take for granted in libraries today was almost directly a result of her work as head children's librarian for the New York Public Library. She insisted that children be allowed to come in the library and take books home. She began the cornerstone of modern ...more
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a charming and decently factual account of a librarian who championed the cause of children's libraries. Back in the day, children often were not even allowed inside libraries, and people didn't like for them to touch books with their "grubby" hands, much less take them home, from where they couldn't trust children to remember to return them. But, as the title suggests, Miss Moore thought otherwise. Alice Carroll Moore was a great advocate for children, and implemented many ideas you ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this picture book about a spear-head in the movement toward children-focused centers within public libraries. It is strange to think of a library now not having such a place for the youngest members of our society, but back when Anne Carroll Moore was growing up, children weren't allowed to step into the library (the reasoning being that adults of that day did not believe reading to be important for children). Great book and illustrations, and interesting information I didn't ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this biographical picture book. It's not too much text or to slow a telling to keep little kids interested, but plenty of information to learn something new about an important person in history. I wish I could've have known Anne Carroll Moore. My 3-year-old did not like the style of illustrations though - she thought all the children looked unhappy. They do not, but the impressionist style isn't her thing. =)
Nancy Kotkin
Picture book biography about Anne Carroll Moore, New York City librarian in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Focuses on how Miss Moore achieved her legacy of children's libraries even though that idea went against the thinking of her era. Very effective use of the refrain, "But Annie/Miss Moore thought otherwise."

I first read about Anne Carroll Moore's accomplishments in my graduate Publishing program, but she is definitely not a household name. I'm very happy to see that more people will be made
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
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1. This is a non-fiction book. Did you enjoy it? I enjoyed it because it told the story of someone who used to live and is now dead.

2. What do you think about the cover and the pictures? I like the picture of the big white house at the start of the book because I want to go there. I also liked the picture
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I can't imagine not allowing children into libraries. I can't imagine not having a children's room in libraries, especially with all the children's books and magazines that were published in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Thank goodness Anne Carroll Moore came along to change all that! When she was put in charge of all the children's sections in all of the public libraries in New York City, she was in a position to make changes that would be reflected in libraries all over the country. She ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very nice book describing the work of a pioneering children's librarian, Anne Carroll Moore. She created children's rooms in New York libraries, encouraged librarians to take down "Silence" signs and talk more with children and tell them stories; she got rid of the rule that children could not check out books; she made book lists and wrote reviews of children's books to help parents, teachers and librarians find good books and to encourage publishers to make better children's books. I vaguely ...more
Edward Sullivan
A wonderful introduction to Anne Carroll Moore's pioneering work in children's library services.
I really liked this book the first time I read it when I was in library school. Now I think it's a bit oversimplified and after reading The New Yorker piece "The Lion and the Mouse" my feelings towards Anne Carroll Moore have changed. I'll try to review the book for the book's sake.

Anne Carroll Moore was a spirited young girl in the 19th-century who loved to read and dream of far off places. She eschewed traditional gender roles aside from raising her young nieces after the death of their mother
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anne Carroll was born in Limerick, Maine in the 1800's. People thought girls should sew and embroider and be quiet. Annie thought otherwise and played outside energetically. Libraries didn't let children enter. As an adult, Annie heard that libraries were hiring women as librarians and so she moved to New York to enroll in the Pratt Institute library school. She got a job at a library that had a library room just for children. One day she was hired to oversee the children's sections in 36 ...more
Anne Carroll Moore was a pioneer for the library world and especially for children.
Did you know that women were not librarians until the late 1800's?
Did you know that libraries were not accessible to the public, much less children for a long time?
Did you know that Miss Moore (along with other female librarians) helped establish children's spaces in libraries?
Did you know Miss Moore had Dr. Seuss, President Taft and King and Queen of Belgium come to the New York Library she worked at,
Ann Woodbury Moore
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
True story: my parents did not give their daughters middle names. When I was around five or six I insisted that I should have one, and selected "Carol" (probably because I had several friends with that name). I actually signed my name that way at times, Ann Carol Woodbury. Later in life I became a librarian and have worked in numerous positions, including as a children's librarian. I also married and became Ann Woodbury Moore. So, IF my parents had thoughtfully named me Ann Carol as I wished, I ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated introduction to Moore's work in Children's libraries. My first grader enjoyed the story and it was a good conversation starter for a discussion about how children are treated and how they behave when in public places.
Librarian as hero, works for me. Another child's picture book biography about someone I'd not heard about. And books. Lots of books. Don't know that I was ever inside the main branch of the NYC library, but I've read so many stories. I've always had a library card, my River Edge card with my signature on it is one of the oldest things I own.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Thanks in part to Miss Moore, my 6 yr old can't fathom a time when children were not welcome in libraries.
2/26/2018 Read with Naomi & Julia.
Luisa Knight
A short history on the life of Anne Carroll Moore and how the children's sections of the libraries came to be. Loved the colorful illustrations!

Ages: 6 - 9

Cleanliness: Phrases such as "many people thought a girl should stay inside and do quiet things," "she had ideas of her own," and "strong pioneering women" could be taking for a feminist slant but I did not find it too overbearing.

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Vera Godley
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just suppose you had no money for books. Just suppose you had little ones at home and you wanted to broaden their outlook on life and introduce them to the joys of the written word in stories or poetry or travel the world on the pages of a book. You could go to the library if you were an adult and if there was a library in your town. But really, there was not much there to appeal to the child. Your child could NOT even enter the doors. Children were NOT welcome in libraries and children ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
In her debut book for children, author Jan Pinborough offers a charming picture book biography of Anne Carroll Moore, an individual not well known among the general public but whose advocacy of library services for children are worthy of being celebrated in this handsome new volume released just in time for Women's History Month.

The book begins almost like a fairy tale: "Once in a big house in Limerick, Maine, there lived a little girl named Annie Carroll Moore. She had large gray eyes, seven
Ms. Jeane
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of course I learned about Anne Carroll Moore in library school but I really loved reading about her in this book! She made such a huge impact in the world of children's librarianship that I would probably not be in the career doing what I love if not for her!
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: library history students, possibly for women's history month
I'm going to have to check with our cataloger as to placement. We have this listed as an E. It seems more nonfiction to me. In any case, it probably is more 3 stars than 4 but because of the material, I can't resist giving it a higher marking. There are very few books about librarians, let alone children librarians so this is special for that reason. This was the beginning of a whole new specialization so should be written about for kids. This lady, Miss Moore, didn't start children libraries ...more
Young readers may be surprised to learn that libraries were once places where children were not welcome; in fact, there were many libraries that didn't allow them to check out books. This inspiring title about independent-minded and determined Annie Carroll Moore, raised in Limerick, Maine, describes how she worked to change all that. Annie refused to follow the expected path for women during the 19th century when she was born, studying law, and later moving to New York City to become a ...more
Stephanie Pieck
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: print-braille
A woman with an idea and an independent spirit is a force to be reckoned with! The New York Public Library's main building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is an icon known worldwide. This book tells the story of the pioneering woman who was instrumental in establishing its children's reading room. There is nothing more powerful and revealing than a book. Too many people even now do not have a safe place to do this, and too many are discouraged from education in ways both blatant and subtle. This ...more
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