first American schoolbook, the New England Primer,
appeared in Boston in about 1690, which was before Colonial Times. B ut it was used in American primary education for almost two hundred years.
It was more like a prayer
book than a schoolbook
most famous part of the New England Primer was the poetry with woodcuts art that illustrated
The children's prayer, "Now I Lay Me Down to
Sleep", was first published in the New England Primer.
Primers were usually very small books, They had plain paper
covers and bindings glued over wooden covers.
The image shows one printed in Boston in 1777
and is the size of the original. It is made of paper, and has, 39 pages, 4
1/2 x 3 1/4 inches.