Blogger Kiera Parrott, Children's Literature (all forms), Collection Development, Slice of Life

Snoozey: Hunt for the Easy Reader Missing Link

My husband, a fellow librarian, is an avid collector of old photographs. Besides accidentally-creepy shadow pictures and fun-loving black-and-white photobooth moments, he is ever on the hunt for retro photos of people reading. From men in gray flannel suits perusing crisply folded newspapers to an image of a be-spectacled Grace Kelly doing her part to advance the “sexy librarian” stereotype, a collection of photographs of people engaged in an act of communion with the printed word strikes me as interesting, increasingly rare, and just ever-so-slightly subversive. While not a serious collector myself, I covet photos with children curled up with a great book. It was just such a photograph, purchased on eBay, that sparked the hunt for Snoozey and my subsequent investigation into what could be one of the earliest easy reader books.  A veritable missing link in the evolution of the modern beginning reader. I submit for evidence, Exhibit…