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Blast from the Past: Publications on Reading

Early NCTE Publications

Did you know that the earliest NCTE publication for elementary school teachers was entitled Reading for Fun? It was edited by Eloise Ramsey of Detroit.     

Something to think about:  The Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University holds a collection of Eloise Ramsey's papers in their archives.  Click here for information on this collection.

Best Seller in Reading

Did you know that NCTE books were best sellers as early as the 1930s? One, Home Reading, sold over 14,000 copies in 1937.

Something to think about: Here are some other facts about  1937:

  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt began his second term in office.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien published The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again.
  • The Great Flood of 1937 swamped areas along the Ohio River.
  • Gasoline cost $0.20 per gallon ,and milk cost $0.50 per gallon.
  • The German airship Hindenberg exploded and burned at Lakehurst, New Jersey.
  • The Recession of 1937-38 began. Unemployment rose to 20 percent.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the top grossing film.
  • John Steinbeck published Of Mice and Men.
  • During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Amelia Earhart disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.


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