Miss Moore Thought Otherwise / by Jan Pinborough; illustrated by Debby Atwell. 6/19/2013

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise / by Jan Pinborough; illustrated by Debby Atwell

Houghton Mifflin, 978-0-547-47105-1

Grades 2-6 (all ages)         Rating: 5

Growing up in the late 1800s, Annie Carroll Moore dreams of adventure beyond her life in Limerick, Maine. From a young age she aims to challenge the popular view of what children and women ought to do. At age 19 she heads to New York and graduates from library school. Libraries are just beginning to allow children patrons and Miss Moore implements many changes to make libraries more accessible and inviting to the children of New York City. In 1911, the new Central Children’s Room of the New York Public Library features many of Miss Moore’s revolutionary ideas, which will later be copied by libraries throughout the world.

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise is an enlightening picture book for young readers who will have trouble imagining a time when public libraries did not welcome children. Author Jan Pinborough introduces the little-known Annie Carroll Moore and tells how the creative vision and determination of this influential American woman led to many of the features children enjoy in libraries today. Debby Atwell’s folk art style illustrations perfectly evoke the time period and wonderfully capture both rural and city scenes from Miss Moore’s life. This would be an excellent book to share during a library story time or as part of a women’s history lesson. Endnotes contain additional biographical information, photographs, a helpful list of sources for further study, and a brief description of five other “trailblazing librarians” from the same era.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ

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