October 16 Birthday: NOAH WEBSTER AND HIS WORDS
October 16, 1758 to May 28, 1843
Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction
Webster’s American Dictionary
is the second most popular book ever printed in English. But who was
that Webster? Noah Webster (1758–1843) was a bookish Connecticut farm
boy who became obsessed with uniting America through language. He spent
twenty years writing two thousand pages to accomplish that, and the
first 100 percent American dictionary was published in 1828 when he was
seventy years old. This clever, hilariously illustrated account shines a
light on early American history and the life of a man who could not
rest until he’d achieved his dream. An illustrated chronology of
Webster’s life makes this a picture perfect bi-og-ra-phy [noun: a
written history of a person’s life].
Also, check out this very cool site about Noah Webster’s life and contributions at https://www.noahwebsterhouse.org/discover/noah-webster-history.htm.