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Oct. 12, 2011

Assistant Professor Kate McDowell is the author of a chapter in The History of Reading, Volume 1: International Perspectives, c. 1500-1990, a newly published book edited by Shafquat Towheed and W.R. Owens. In her chapter, "Understanding Children as Readers: Librarians' Anecdotes and Surveys in the United States, 1890-1930," McDowell examines the history of children's reading through surveys and anecdotes collected from librarians during a time of great interest in childhood, the rise of children’s publishing, and the emergence of mass media.

According to McDowell, "It's fascinating to uncover some of the ways that children have responded to the librarians and teachers guiding their reading. We have histories of books, authors, and even many of the booksellers and critics who created a vibrant world of children's literature in the early...