The First EVER Children's Book published in 1744 (with the longest title ever)- "A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, intended for the Amusement of Little Master Tommy and Pretty Miss Polly with Two Letters from Jack the Giant Killer". Fun fact: The Newbery Medal was named after the author who wrote it: British publisher John Newbery. Tidbit of Trivia: the book includes a rhyme called "Base-Ball", which is the first known instance of the word baseball in print. Wow.
" I hope next summer, if I should ever again be obliged to leave them for a week or two, that I shall write long letters to Fanny in a fine print-hand, and that Fanny will be able to read them by herself from one end to the other. That will be the summer of 1801" (Godwin letter, 1800, to James Marshall)
The Uncles Present, a new Battledoor. Philadelphia: Jacob Johnson, c.1810. Considered a cheaper ABC learning tool than the hornbook, a battledoor usually consisted of a folded sheet of stiff paper. The name "battledoor" came into use because children often used the stiff paper covers as a game paddle for hitting a shuttlecock into the air, in a game similar to badminton.