Though Kentucky was not a leader in the early publishing industry for children, it was an active participant. Printers within the state, as in the rest of the country, saw the potential in producing literature for young readers. Through the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries, this literature became more established. Slowly, children’s books started to step away from solemn moral instruction toward the playful stories we know and love today.
Jones, Reinette F. and Stephens, Charlotte, "Looking Back: Kentucky and Children’s Book Publishers" (2023). Library Faculty and Staff Publications. 330.