was born on March 17, 1909, in New York City and died on July 20, 2004
, in Seattle, Washington. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Hunter College and then attended Columbia University for graduate work. She married and had one child. Her first job was teaching reading to truant children, where she became frustrated by the lack of quality reading materials that were both easy and interesting.
She went on to become an editor of easy-reader books and was the first editor
of Scholastic’s Arrow Book Club from 1957 to 1967, pioneering the program that made quality paperback books accessible and affordable for elementary school children around the country. She was also involved in the founding of the Council on Interracial Books for Children, an organization with the mission of eliminating racial stereotypes in children’s literature.
Moore authored more than 30 picture books for children, many with animal characters or about topics of daily life familiar to very young children. Several of these were even adapted into short films. In addition, she created more than a dozen works of poetry that encourage children to wonder and imagine
. She also compiled poem anthologies such as Go With the Poem and Sunflakes. She brings a child’s eye view to her poetry about the trials and tribulations of struggling with the mini-milestones of growing up
, such as tying shoelaces, finger painting, and negotiating jungle bars.
I Left My Head
By Lilian Moore
I left my head
Put it down for
On a chair?
Wish I were
Everything I need
From See My Lovely Poison Ivy by Lilian Moore (Atheneum, 1975). Reprinted in A Jar of Tiny Stars (Boyds Mills Press, 1995). All rights reserved.