Posted on January 14, 2020 at 3:49 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The hot bookish news story of the past day or so has been the New York Public Library’s most-checked-out list in its 125 years of existence.

As Slate magazine points out, though, perhaps more intriguing than the inclusions was the NYPL’s note about one particular exclusion.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, published in 1947, didn’t make it into the NYPL’s collection until 1972, because children’s librarian Anne Carroll Moore hated the book so much.

Sure, this makes Moore sound like a horrible old curmudgeon, but the truth is (as usual) more nuanced than that.

So head over to Slate to meet Moore and her immense power for both good and not-so-good.

(And don't miss the crazy story about how Brown died ... )

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