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Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following publishers for permission to use selections from their copyrighted material:
To Perry Mason Company for story from the Youth's Companion; F. E. Compton and Company for stories from Compton's Pictured Encyclopaedia; The John C. Winston Company; American Motherhood Magazine; Reilly and Lee Company; W. F. Quarrie and Company for selections from The World Book; A. C. McClurg and Company; The American Boy Magazine; Fleming H. Revell Company; The Junior Home Magazine; F. A. Owen Company; Popular Science Monthly Magazine; Houghton Mifflin Company; The Century Company; Good Housekeeping Magazine; Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Company; The King's Treasuries; World Book Company; Boys' Life; Every Girl's Magazine; and The Outlook Company.
Special acknowledgment and thanks are due Professor S. A. Leonard of the University of Wisconsin and J. A. Harley of the Laurel Book Company for helpful criticisms, and to various teachers who have kindly tried out and tested the material.
The Choice of the Name. School Readers have frequently borne the name of the authors or publishers. A less common practice is to name the series in honor of some great leader whose ideals the authors seek to embody in their books. By their choice, the authors of the Lincoln Readers aim to honor both the name of Lincoln and the method by which he made himself a leader of men. Lincoln taught himself, what few people have learned in schoolrooms, to get thought deftly and accurately from printed pages, and to think clearly and straight.
A New Reader to Meet New Needs. During the last two decades many new series of readers have been published. Some of these are excellent. Their subject matter is well adapted for the purposes intended; the mechanical aids have greatly facilitated the efforts of pupils in learning to read. During the same period, and especially during the last decade, the educational world has seen great advances in the scientific investigation of reading. The results of these investigations into the processes, purposes, and materials of the efficient teaching of reading compel teachers to follow new methods, adopt new purposes, and seek reading matter of a character not yet available in sufficient amount. The Lincoln Readers are planned with reference to these investigations and the practical problems of the classroom teacher.
The Objectives of Reading. The following formulation of the Objectives of Reading represents the combined judgments of recent scientific investigators of reading and thousands of classroom teachers. This formulation has governed the choice of the subject matter and the planning of the study helps found in the Lincoln Readers.