How Richard Scarry updated his children’s book to be more progressive and inclusive

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever is a a classic of children’s literature, having sold millions of copies to parents looking for a fun way to teach their children simple vocabulary.

The book was first published in 1963 and then updated in 1991. Interestingly, one of the reasons for the update was to show a more progressive attitude toward gender roles and race. Looking at the images side-by-side, the transformation is pretty neat to witness.

A post on Socialogical Images, republished on Mental Floss, brings to our attention a Flickr set by Alan Taylor that compares and contrasts the two editons of Scarry’s work, spotlighting the changes the author made over time to update his work.

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