Miss Moore is getting lots of praise!


"No library-loving child will want to pass this one up."
   New York Times

"A must for school and public libraries and those who love them."
[An] easygoing picture-book biography. . . . A bird’s-eye view of
Miss Moore setting off on her “retirement” travels spreading the
gospel of children’s librarianship across the land clearly places
this apostle in the company of her (fictional) Maine sister,
Miss Rumphius."
 —Horn Book
An ideal addition to women's history units. 

"A concise, breezy chronology. Atwell's folk-art style acrylics

capture a sense of history in the making, as well as book's  ​

themes of excitement and change."
  —Publishers Weekly
"Hard-working librarians and those who are librarians at heart will relish this inspiring, loving tribute to a woman who 'thought otherwise' about a lot of matters and often challenged the status quo."
   —International Reading Association 


Nominated for American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project award

Named a Spring 2013 Junior Library Guild Selection
A Huffington Post "Best Book for Summer 2013"



" 'Miss Moore Thought Otherwise' opens on a splendid note. In a floral Maine setting, a little girl stands alone, her family off to one side. 'Once in a big house in Limerick, Me., there lived a little girl named Annie Carroll Moore. She had large gray eyes, seven older brothers and ideas of her own.' Indeed. While most people in that era (the 1870s) thought little girls should spend their time quietly indoors, 'Annie thought otherwise.' Coming of age in a society in which children weren’t even allowed in libraries, Moore wanted to be a lawyer. Then her parents both died from the flu in the space of a week, and Moore learned that women were being hired as librarians. She enrolled at the Pratt Institute library school, and when the Pratt Free Library decided to open a space just for children, Moore was its librarian. She was later put in charge of the children’s sections in 36 branches of the New York Public Library. She allowed children to check out books for the first time and instituted a story hour. Debby Atwell’s bright acrylics shine on the pages of this cheerful story, told with palpable giddy celebration. No library-loving child will want to pass this one up." (New York Times)