Non-fiction children's space flight books 1945-1975.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
My Weekly Reader (1960-1966)
I admit it, I am addicted to Google Analytics. I have such an obscure hobby that it is very gratifying to see that I am reaching people all around the world. What is even more fun is that the number of peole finding "Dreams of Space" per month is now averaging close to 1000 people. One of the postings that seems to attract lots of random Google searches is this one about "My Weekly Reader 1957-1958" from February 2009 so I thought I would do another about the 1960s. http://dreamsofspace.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-weekly-reader-1957-1958.html
My Weekly Reader was a weekly newspaper distributed in school. It had basic readings about the news and questions we would have to answer. There was even a way for students to subscribe to a summer version so you would get your weekly news fix.
For elementary students this was a welcome break from school readers. The stories were interesting and fed our hunger for current events.
As the space age evolved this was my source of what was going to happen next in our space program. Sure I could look at magazines or try to watch the news (boring!) but this gave us something to talk about at recess.
Everyone's childhood seems endless so to find these fragile milestones of my past is a lot of fun.
And of course the best part of My Weekly Reader was that you got to take it home, so I have been luckily enough to rediscovery some child's stash that survived these 50+ (!) years