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

by Jan Pinborough and Debby Atwell
A picture book biography about librarian Anne Carroll Moore who, as the New Yorker said, "more or less invented the children's library."

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547471051
  • ISBN-10: 054747105X
  • Pages: 40
  • Publication Date: 03/05/2013
  • Carton Quantity: 40

About the book

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.

About the author
Jan Pinborough

Jan Pinborough is the managing editor of a children’s magazine called “Friend.” This is her first children’s book. She lives in Utah.

Debby Atwell

Debby Atwell is the acclaimed illustrator of many books, including, Barn, Pearl and River, published by Houghton Mifflin. She lives in Maine.


"This makes an ideal addition to women's history units."


"A must for school and public libraries and those who love them."


"[An] easygoing picture-book biography."

Horn Book

"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."

Publishers Weekly

"Atwell's cheery, doll-like figures and joyful colors are a good match for the woman who insisted that children's library space should be vibrant and stimulating."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books