Anne Carroll Moore

1871 - 1961

Author, Critic, Editor & Librarian


The right book for the right child at the right time. - Anne Carroll Moore

Anne Carroll Moore
Annie Carroll Moore was born on July 12, 1871 in Limerick, Maine. She was raised with books as an essential part of her childhood, and later developed a friendship with Beatrix Potter. In 1896 she graduated from the Library School at the Pratt Institue and became the Children's Librarian of the Pratt Institute Free Library that same year. She stayed with Pratt for the next ten years, then became the Superintendent of Work with Children in he New York Public Library. In 1899, she wrote to the American Library Association to ask for the creation of a Children's Division, and one year later was elected to preside over the newly formed Children's Library Section. She was granted an honorary degree from the Pratt Institute for distinguished achievement in 1932, and another honorary degree from the Universirt of Maine in 1940. A few years later, she began to write a regular column for the Horn Book Magazine, featuring criticism of children's books. Anne Carroll Moore finally retired from the New York Public Library in 1941. She dedicated her life to children and children's services, and died in 1961.

Photograph from Horn Book Magazine, vol. 73 (1997).

  • Newbery Honor in 1925 for Nicholas: A Manhattan Christmas Story
  • Constance Lindsay Skinner Award for work as a pioneer in the field of children's literature
  • Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal
Selected Works
  • Moore, Anne Carroll. (1923). New Roads to Childhood. New York, George H. Doran Company.
  • Moore, Anne Carroll. (1924). Nicholas; a Manhattan Christmas Story. New York & London, G. P. Putnam's Sons.
  • Moore, Anne Carroll. (1931). The Three Owls: Contemporary Criticism of Children's Books. New York: Coward-McCann.
  • Bader, B. (1997). Only the Best: the Hits and Misses of Anne Carroll Moore. Horn Book Magazine. 73 (5): 520-528.
  • Baker, A. Moore, Anne Carroll. World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services. (3rd ed.).
  • Sayers, F. (1972). Anne Carroll Moore. Atheneum.
  • Vandergrift, K. (1996). Female Advocacy and Harmonius Voices: a History of Public Library Services and Publishing for Children in the United States. Library Trends. 44 (4): 683-718.

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