Lessons for Little Learners

17. Walter Scott’s first literary work for children was Tales of a Grandfather; Being Stories Taken from Scottish History. Humbly Inscribed to Hugh Littlejohn, Esq. In Three Vols printed for Cadell and Co. Edinburgh; Simpkin and Marshall, London; and John Cumming, Dublin in 1828. He wrote it for his nephew, but it might also be considered indicative of the strong market for children’s literature. As with Scott’s novels, it was tremendously successful, leading to three more three-volume histories for children (1829; 1830; 1831).