Harris, W., Rickoff, A, & Bailey, M. (1878). Appletons' School Readers: First Reader. D. Appleton and Co., New York. Retrieved from https://archive.org/details/appletonsschoolrharr
Written by two school superintendents and an elocution instructor from Yale, Appletons' School Readers are recognized as being the first "modern, corporately sponsored reading program" (Venezky, 1990, p. xx). Teaching by what they describe as a "combination of the word and phonic methods," Appletons' texts walk through different levels of instruction starting with "cat," "rat," "bat," and "hat" in the first reader (Harris, Rickoff, and Bailey, 1878). Keep these words in mind as we look forward to other easy readers...!