daily heller 2-5-14

When Kids Could Read Better

I’m not trying to be sarcastic, but these are difficult times for literacy. Despite the lower overall national literacy rate in 1916, a year before the U.S. entered the Great War, literate kids had a lot more to be literate about. St. Nicholas: Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine for Girls and Boys premiered in November, 1873. Roswell Smith, co-founder of the publishing company Scribner & Company, hired Mary Mapes Dodge (author of “Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates) to edit the new children’s magazine.