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

UPDATE TIME: 2016-09-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 13 user ratings

"My son and I read and reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here is my interview with my son about the book and my own bottom line. Visit us for the full review.


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 of the Children's Room in the New York Public Library. It looks comfy and I would like to go there too. The picture of New York City is cool - it's one of my favorites.

3. What did you learn from this book? I learned that girls couldn't do lots of stuff that they can now do and that kids weren't allowed in libraries.

4. How are children treated differently today than the way they were in this book? Now children can go to libraries and then they couldn't. It would be bad to not be able to go to the library because I get books and videos from the library all the time. Girls can do whatever they want and go to school to become lawyers and doctors. I know some girls who are doctors and lawyers like Dr. Lamb and Isabella's Mom.

5. If you had to choose between going to the library and going to a bookstore where would you go and why? I would like to go to the bookstore because you get to keep the books that you buy. It makes me sad to return books to the library when I really like them.

6. What are your favorite books that you've read recently? I really like the Nature Elves series - Dream Robbers, The Witch Sticker Ball, and the Shadow Beast by R.C. Scott.

7. Who do you think would like this book? I learned some stuff with this book. I think boys and girls 20 years old and younger would like this book.


Miss Moore Thought Otherwise is a well-written, beautifully illustrated account of the life of Anne Carroll Moore who helped created libraries for children in America which became the model for libraries around the world. I would recommend this book to children aged 5 years and older who enjoy reading non-fiction titles about historical figures whose actions resulted in a real perceivable change in society.

* This book was provided to us by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*
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"It's hard to imagine a world where children had very little access to books. In the early 1900s, libraries were for adults, and children were not welcome to enter, let alone touch or check out a book. But Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise, and set about creating a special place where children could experience the joys of reading.

The New York Public Library was open to new ideas, and Miss Moore had a wonderful vision. After designing a bright and cheery room with kid-sized tables and chairs, she welcomed children inside with story hours and book borrowing privileges. The collection was reviewed carefully, and Miss Moore chose only the best and most interesting books for her children's library.

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise shows us an extraordinary librarian who encouraged children to read. Although she may have faced obstacles, she created a model of children's libraries that has lived on. This fascinating story will inspire kids to reach for their own dreams and dare to do something special to change the world.

Reviewer: Alice Berger
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"A beautifully written, beautifully illustrated book about an important little piece of history. I read it to my granddaughter (5 years old) who immediately demanded a re-read. I was happy to oblige. It has a great message of how independent thinking can make a difference in the world. Totally relatable for any child who has been to the library. Not too many words per page for a bedtime read." said.

"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 definitely could NOT check out a book. What children's books there were in the libraries were only available to adults.

But Miss Moore Thought Otherwise .......

In the late 1800's this was the story of libraries and this was the plight of children who wanted to read books. But Miss Moore thought otherwise and began a movement to bring the children into the libraries. To allow children to have library cards to check out books. And to have their very own children's book rooms and story time.

Even as a child Miss Moore was different from the other girls in that she liked rambunctious play and more active activities. And she liked books. Upon reaching adulthood, she began her movement to bring books to children via the public library.

Today's children have much to be thankful for in having such ease of access to public libraries and books designed especially for them and their specific age group. This is all because Miss Moore Thought Otherwise.

The illustrations in this delightful, informative book were created by Maine artist Debby Atwell. She uses paints to boldly draw the scenes picturing Miss Moore, the children, and the libraries in a primitive style that is charming, bright, and delightful and will certainly appeal to children.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary review copy by the author, Jan Pinborough, in exchange for my honest review. The book is published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
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"As a family, we were delighted to learn about Miss Moore. We had no knowledge of her beforehand and were inspired by her efforts to bless children in New York and later, throughout the nation. As a mom, I love reading about strong female characters. I feel it is important for my sons to see that women and men can accomplish great things. This book is first rate, and every children's librarian should have a copy! It really is an exceptional book that belongs in your personal library." said.

"I loved this charming story about a woman who is passionate about books and shares her passion ultimately with the world. It's a perfect book to help children appreciate that the world can be changed in a variety of ways–some often subtle–yet powerful nonetheless.

The illustrations harmonize perfectly with the mood of the narrative.
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"A well-written informative book about a pioneer in public libraries and the services they offer." said.

"It is so exciting to see books about important women from our history. I use this book with my 4th grade students and they are fascinated to know the history of children's libraries. Thank you." said.

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