Lilian Moore

(1909 - 2004 / New York City)

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Lilian Moore is an editor, educator, poet, and self-styled yarn-spinner who played a significant role in children's literature during the mid-to late twentieth century. As the first editor of the newly established Scholastic's Arrow Book Club from 1957 to 1967, Moore pioneered the program that made quality paperback books accessible and affordable for elementary school children throughout the United States. In addition, she has contributed many stories and poetry collections to the body of available children's literature, and has been honored for her poetry as well as for several of her story books.
Born in New York City in 1909, Moore developed a love of reading and telling stories ... more »

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I made a sand castle.
In rolled the sea.
'All sand castles
belong to me—
to me,'
said the sea.

I dug sand tunnels.
In flowed the sea.
'All sand tunnels
belong to me—
to me,'
said the sea.

I saw my sand pail floating free.
I ran and snatched it from the sea.
'My sand pail
belongs to me—
to ME!'

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