Battledores

Battledores superseded the use of hornbooks as a popular reading tool for children and were widely in use by the mid to late-eighteenth century. Although Battledores had an emphasis on the alphabet and some maintained a "paddle-like" appearance, they differed from hornbooks in several ways. Battledores were not as sturdy as hornbooks because they were often made of cheap wood or a stiff, folded piece of cardboard. They generally lacked the presence of the Lord's Prayer and other religious material and tended to have a larger printing size. The success of the Battledore was due in part to the addition of illustrations and more entertaining material for children.

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The Uncle's Present, A New Battledoor.
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Landmarks in the Early History and Development of Books for Children
by Charles Welsh.
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