Monthly Archive: January 2014

Tidbit History – Two Little Words, Hat – Cat

The publication in 1955 of Rudolf Flesch’s WHY JOHNNY CAN’T READ fueled concerns about growing illiteracy among children. William Spaulding, from Houghton Mifflin’s educational division, was convinced that a new primer would do wonders and developed a list of 225 words that every first grader should be able to read. He then invited his friend …

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Tidbit History – Winsor McCay and His Walking Beds

Winsor  McCay, never wrote or illustrated a children’s book, but his highly original comic strip “Little Nemo in Slumberland” delighted children everywhere. Born in Michigan in 1871, McCay eventually studied at the Ypsilanti Normal College and afterwards moved with his family to Chicago. Unable to afford the Art Institute, McCay produced woodcuts used to illustrate …

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