Johannes Amos Comenius published the first children’s picture book in 1658. Orbis Pictus, originally written in Latin, was also called A World of Things Obvious to the Senses drawn in Pictures. Children can read a 1727 English translation and a Latin version at: Project Gutenberg.
Washing machine was patented by Nathaniel Briggs in 1797. A fire in the patent office in 1836 destroyed all records of his patent. However, his patent probably resembled a current wash board.
Constantinople, Turkey’s largest city, changed its name to Istanbul in 1930. Also, Turkey’s capital and second largest city, Angora, changed its name to Ankara.
First national curling championships were held in 1957. Today about 1.5 million people participate in curling events. Children could learn more about curling at: http://www.worldcurling.org/.
Byrd Baylor (born San Antonio, Texas, 1924) writes books for children. Four of her books have earned Caldecott Honor Awards for the illustrators. Her works include Desert Voices and Hawk, I’m Your Brother.
Doreen Cronin (born Queens, New York, 1966) writes books for children. Her book Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type earned the illustrator, Betsy Lewin, a 2001 Caldecott Honor Award. Children can learn more at: Doreen Cronin.
Mary Stolz (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1920; died Longboat Key, Florida, December 15, 2006) wrote at least 57 books for children and young adults. Her book Belling the Tiger received a 1962 Newbery Honor Award, and The Noonday Friends earned a 1966 Newbery Honor Award. Children could learn more at: Mary Stolz.