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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-15 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 13 user ratings

"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 taking a book out !

This is a lovely simple story, we liked the illustrations and appreciated their folk art style but couldn't help thinking the illustrator had used the paint straight from the tube, I have often told my 11 yr old that the colour that you want is so unlikely to come straighr from the tube you must akways mix, and she has taken this on board. Some more muted colours and perhaps at the end some more photos of childrens libraries through the ages would have turned a four star book to a 5.
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"The story itself is wonderfully clever with the little catchphrase "Miss Moore thought otherwise" being used throughout the book. Every time Miss Moore was about to shake up some traditions, they would use this little catchphrase as an indicator. It is fun to see how Anne Carroll Moore took little and big steps to advance libraries for children. Not only did she become a librarian when women were just beginning to enter the field, but she quickly became head of the New York Public Libraries' Children's Section. She made great strides in children's librarianship and programming; she never let anything slow her down or traditional stand in the way of advances for children's librarianship.
The illustrator used wonderful colors and illustrations in this book that really help to draw the reader into the story. Sometimes it felt like the text had to be fit into the illustration itself because it was so bold and bright. There are so many wonderful details if you look close, but you can also get the main idea at a glance. The illustrations really helped illustrate and emphasize the text. Everything was so vivid emphasizing that everything in this book: the subject matter, the text and the illustrations were all for the children.
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" Yay for children's librarians!! So funny to think that children used to be excluded from the library- when I look around my library and half the floorspace is dedicated to children and youth. " said.

" Loved this story! Of course, I am a little biased, but I think Miss Moore is pretty awesome. :) " said.

" Excellent book on Anne Carroll Moore and her mission to make a space for children in public libraries. Lots of good historical information. Looking forward to sharing this with my class! " said.

" I enjoyed this story about Miss Moore and her vision for children's libraries " said.

" A delightful peek into the early days of children's literature and the birth of youth libraries and librarians. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Anne Carroll Moore and her colleagues, who valued children and their rights to read and visit libraries. " said.

" The text is in small chunks of information and the details are presented more as a story than a listing of what she did. I think children would enjoy reading this for fun while at the same time learning about a part of history that most people know nothing about. " said.

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