Margaret Croft

About Me

I am an aspiring children’s librarian in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College. I am currently a bookseller at WORD, an independent community bookstore in Jersey City. Previously, I worked at Bank Street Bookstore, a specialty bookstore for children, parents, and educators in Manhattan.1 Sharing how enlivening and transformative books and reading can be is what I love to do.

My interdisciplinary academic background is in gender and cultural studies.2 I graduated from Hampshire College3 in 2011 and completed a master’s degree at New York University in 2014. I wrote my master’s thesis about mothering and 1960s political movements and the idea that everyday activities of care (i.e. housework4) are politically important.5

I believe that creating learning environments which foster empathy and critical thinking is essential to fighting oppression and to building a more loving, life-supporting society. Young people must be actively taught to respond to both their internal lives and the world around them in thoughtful, caring, and nonviolent ways. In my work as a librarian, this is my ultimate goal.

Favorite Children's Books

These are some of my favorite children's books, organized roughly by theme.

Funny Books

  • George and Martha by James Marshall
  • The Monster's Monster by Patrick McDonnell
  • Thank You Octopus by Darren Farrell
  • We Are in a Book by Mo Willems
  • Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

Inspiring Books

  • Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
  • The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • My Friends by Taro Gomi
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Educational Books

  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice by Phillip Hoose
  • Frida by Jonah Winter
  • Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markell
  • Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang

Book Covers!

Because my name is Margaret, I get a kick out of all of the different book covers for Judy Blume's classic Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret.6 Because it was originally published in 1970, the cover has undergone many changes over the years!

A Link!

Here is a link to Julian's page.

A Quote!

Here is one of my favorite quotes about education.

"Words are not tools, but we give children language, pens, and notebooks as we give workers shovels and pickaxes." [1]

Even though I could not fully explain to you what the quote or paragraph means, I think it says something important and evocative about education, language, and labor.

The End!

1. Deleuze, G., & Guattari, F. (1987). A thousand plateaus: Capitalism and schizophrenia. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, pp. 74.
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