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I owe it all to WEEKLY READER

Previously I wrote on the About page for The Daily Flag, that my interest in flags began when I was a first grader. This post is an expansion on the topic.

Let me state absolutely and without hesitation: I loved The Children’s Newspaper—My Weekly Reader and it is directly responsible for my youthful enthusiasm for flags, newspapers, and photography.

Once a week my teacher would pass out individual copies of Weekly Reader to the class. I saved mine for a long, too (thus jump-starting my pack-rat tendencies, but that’s another story). I learned to love newspapers, and began reading the daily paper at an early age.

When my husband, Larry, and I decided the flag store was go–go–go, I knew that if at all possible, I wanted to reproduce pages from Weekly Reader—pages from 1958 and 1959, when I was little reader. I wanted to show you the stories that had made such an impression on me that I remembered them forty-nine years later.

After a series of telephone calls, eventually I reached Nancy Marra with Weekly Reader and told her my request. A few weeks later I received a wonderful gift—photocopies of My Weekly Reader from when I was a first grader! I know it took a lot of work on Nancy’s end to grant my request, and Nancy—Thank You!

Look at these wonderful pages—No wonder I was excited about Alaska!

Alaska Flag PageAlaska Photos

And Hawaii—Our fiftieth State and fiftieth Star! I was ready to pack my bags and head off west.

Hawaii Front PageEisenhower Hawaii Flag

Hawaiian PeopleSo here I am—still enchanted with Alaska and Hawaii, all because of Weekly Reader. I haven’t traveled there yet, but I take some time each day to visit via web cameras.

Here is a Hawaiian webcam.
Here is my favorite Alaskan webcam.

And Weekly Reader is still delighting children everywhere. Take a look at the Weekly Reader web site, and welcome to the 21st Century!

2 thoughts on “I owe it all to WEEKLY READER

  1. I vaguely remember the Weekly Readers you depict about Alaska and Hawaii joining the United States–thank you! The one I remember most clearly, though, maybe because I was a little older, is the one that featured Rachel Carson, who wrote Silent Spring. Could you please let me know how I might possibly get a digital copy of that issue and any others? I’d really like to have the entire 1957-1958 series at least and would love having access to the whole archive if it exists. Would be happy to pay a subscription fee too. Would really appreciate any guidance you can offer. Best, ch

    1. Carolyn, the Weekly Reader was owned by Scholastic, and I don’t think the Weekly Reader title is published any more. However, I would encourage you to contact the company and ask about the edition that featured Rachel Carson. Perhaps Scholastic digitized all those old copies of Weekly Reader and can easily retrieve it for you. Thank you for writing, and best wishes. Deborah Hendrick

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