November 18, 2013--In celebration of American Education Week, November 18-22, this slideshow (scroll down for captions) explores a chief educational tool for teaching of literacy: the reading textbook, often known as a reader. Readers are usually compilations of fiction and/or nonfiction, and have been authored and printed in the US for centuries. This slideshow gives a glimpse to ongoing development of readers, their authors and reading education from the late 18th to the first decades of the early 20th century.
The materials selected for this slideshow were digitized and are part of the Harvard Library digital collection Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership and Reading History. The original materials can be found in Gutman Library's Historical Textbooks Collection.