Reed, William (1871 - 1962)

Genre: Children's Literature, Non-Fiction

William Maxwell Reed, or W. Maxwell Reed, was born in Bath, ME, attended Harvard, taught astronomy at Harvard and Princeton, then left academia for the steel industry. He began writing a series of letters to his nephew which became the first in a series of pioneering books teaching science to children.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Earth for Sam: the Story of Mountains, Rivers, Dinosaurs and Men (1930)
  • The Stars for Sam (1931)
  • And That's Why... (1932)
  • The Sea for Sam (1935)
  • Animals on the March (1937)
  • America's Treasure (1939)
  • The Sky is Blue (1940)
  • Patterns in the Sky: the Story of the Constellations (1951)