Weekly Reader Corporation began with the publication of the first
Current Events on May 20, 1902. In the past 102 years, Weekly Reader
publications have covered all the major events of the 20th century, from
the Boer War to the election of George W. Bush.
The best known of Weekly Reader's
publications is probably Weekly Reader, a newspaper for children
in the elementary grades. This famous newspaper was founded in 1928 by
Eleanor Johnson, then director of elementary schools in York, Pa., and a
well-known reading expert. The first edition of Weekly Reader—one for
the fourth grade—appeared in September of 1928. Other editions were
added later, until, by 1959, there were papers for kindergarten through
grade 6. A pre-kindergarten edition was added in 1980. Today Weekly
Reader is the leading classroom periodical publisher, coming in seven
grade-specific editions, and serving more than 7 million elementary
schoolchildren in 50,000 schools.
The Weekly Readers posted here date from
1945 and were published for fourth grade. We have preserved several
issues from the first part of the 1945-46 school year for historical
purposes. Most of us, regardless of age, can remember using this
publication for current events during our elementary years. Click on the
thumbnail to the right for a blown up view of the subscription box.
Click on the thumbnails to view readable
page. These items are fragile and discolored from age. We have not
altered that discoloration.