Perfect Picture Book Friday: Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program for an announcement!

Marissa Moss of Creston Books has bought Vivian Kirkfield‘s debut picture book, Sweet Dreams, Sarah, the story of Sarah E. Goode, the first African-American woman to own a U.S. patent; Chris Ewald will illustrate. The story showcases not only the invention but the spirit and determination of the inventor herself. Publication is set for spring 2017; Essie White of Storm Literary Agency represented the author and Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency represented the illustrator in the deal for world rights.

As you can imagine, I am over the moon about this. Sweet Dreams, Sarah will one day sit on library shelves and be heard by young kids. Now that is a sweet dream come true!

Nonfiction picture books are fun for me to write…I love researching and finding little gems of history that time has forgotten. And they are fun for me to read, for myself and with kids. Here’s today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection:

miss moore thought otherwise

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise:

How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children

Written by Jan Pinborough

Illustrated by Debby Atwell

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013)

Age: 6-9

Themes: Mighty girls, libraries, following your dream

First lines:

“Once in a big house in Limerick, Maine, there lived a little girl names Annie Carroll Moore. She had large gray eyes, seven older brothers, and ideas of her own.”


From Amazon: “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.”

Why I love this book:

  • First of all, I love libraries and have used them since I was a little girl. I was fascinated to find out that children were not allowed in libraries originally. And it was Miss Moore who campaigned for them to be able to take books out when they finally were admitted.
  • This is a gentle story…a beautiful read aloud. It shows how a person can follow their dream and get things done.
  • The illustrations are detailed, colorful, and perfect.

How parents can use this book:

  • Wonderful story to enjoy with your children -lots of history woven into the pages.
  • If your child doesn’t have a library card yet, PLEASE help them get one…libraries are one of the last and best free resources we have.
  • Check out the various programs that are available at your local library…there are often story hours, activity programs, and even presentations and classes for aduts.

Related Activities

  • Visit your local library
  • Make a reading goal chart and let your child earn stickers for every book he reads. Plan activities, like a craft or cooking project, around the stories to enrich the learning experience.
  • You can find the ALA’s Most Notable Children’s Books here.

Parents and teachers…are you looking for more picture book recommendations? Head over to Susanna HIll’s Perfect Picture Book Friday link up.

Have a wonderful weekend, dear friends. I know there is bad weather and big snowstorms in some part of the country…stay safe and stay warm!

38 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

  1. Congratulations! I knew that you had gotten this wonderful contract with Creston but I didn’t know the topic until now. I am so excited about Sarah and learning more about her. This sounds like a story that needed to be told. I look forward to hearing more along the way to publication!

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    • Hello dear Storm sister! Thanks so much, Annina..yes, Sarah is a woman who needed her story told…I’m honored to have been the one to do it…and thrilled that Marissa Moss at Creston believed it was an important book to make.


  2. wow! such inspiring news.congratulations Vivien! My grandchildren in NYC and Brooklyn don’t go to the library as preschoolers- too far away from where they live. this sounds like a good book to share with them.

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    • Thank you so much for the good wishes…I’m sorry your grandkids don’t have a library that is closer…do you live near them or do you share stories over the phone or Skype? I fell in love with thie Miss Moore book…so I hope you get to read it to them.


  3. Vivian, have I mentioned how giddy I am over your book deal? So so excited to see Sarah’s story come to life and join other fabulous nonfiction picture books like Miss Moore Thought Otherwise on the library shelves!!

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  4. Congrats to you, Vivian! Can’t wait to hold the book in my hands! Thanks for being such an inspiring, kind, and generous member of the kidlit community! This book sounds fabulous. I, too, have loved libraries since I was a wee one.

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  5. What an exciting announcement! And how wonderful that you have such a quick release date in this industry where waiting a long time for everything is the norm. I’m so proud of you, and can’t wait to see Sarah on the shelves!

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