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Children's periodicals are experiencing renewed popularity among today's young readers. Much to the amazement of parents and teachers, children's periodicals are successfully competing with television and other attractions for children's attention (Zuckerman, 1989). More than 100 years ago, periodicals also entertained and taught young people. With the current concern over the illiteracy of today's children and a reported decline in quality in the nation's schools, it seemed appropriate to make a comparison between the readability level of children's periodicals published today and that of similar publications from approximately 100 years ago.

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