Author: Jan Pinborough
Illustrator: Debby Atwell
Grade level: 1st-4th
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 5, 2013)
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Element 4-Social Movement and Social Change: Miss Moore Thought Otherwise is a story about showing boys and girls that women have a role in history. It shows how one woman could take an idea and make it a reality. The story exemplifies how an everyday woman who lived in Maine broke out from the chains that bound her from her intellectual and individual freedom. It showed the reader how a very young woman can string together many people in order to get what she felt was right; a children’s room in the library. Her call to action was getting the children’s room in libraries and having it spread around the world.
Activity: For this book I would have the students go into the public library, map it out, and then have them create their own library. It could include anything they wanted but they would have to explain one unique feature they put in their model and why it should be in every library around the world. They will then describe how they would petition for their unique section like Miss Moore did. The students will also make a brochure and tell the class why their library is special and how it reflects them.