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Your search for posts with tags containing children's book found 18 posts

Joy undimmed: John Masefield and The Midnight Folk

John Masefield was in his last year as Poet Laureate when I was born in 1966. I remember copying out his poem ‘Cargoes’ in primary school – “Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir . . .” – and wondering what all these strange, beautiful-sounding...
From: Mathew Lyons on 25 May 2022

January 15

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Any Person, by attending to the Instructions given in this Book, may soon attain to a competent Knowledge in the Art of Cookery.” Cox and Berry sold “Modern Books of...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 15 Jan 2022

Instructive rambles extended in London

Author: Helme, Elizabeth, -1814?, author. Title: Instructive rambles extended in London, and the adjacent villages : designed to amuse the mind and improve the understanding of youth / by Elizabeth Helme … ; in two volumes. Published: London : Printed...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 17 Sep 2021

The cries of London

Title: The cries of London : for the instruction and amusement of good children. Published: York : Printed by J. Kendrew, Colliergate, [182-?] Catalog Record 646 820 C928 Acquired July 2020
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 26 Jul 2021

A Victorian “Commonplace Book”

By Stephen Basdeo I recently got hold of a “Commonplace Book” which dates from 1859. Commonplace books have been a feature of home life since at least the 1600s. Most often women—though not exclusively women—would compile various...

Nancy I. Sanders and her new book – Jane Austen for Kids: Her Life Writings and World, with 21 Activities – and her visit to Winchester

Inquiring readers, In this blog post (to wind up women’s history month), author Nancy Sanders discusses her new book Jane Austen for Kids: Her Life, Writings and World, with 21 activities, which teaches young readers about our favorite novelist...
From: Jane Austen's World on 24 Mar 2019

Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Black Arrow” (1888)

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is perhaps most famous nowadays for his brilliant novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). This post, however, is about a now little-known novel that he authored entitled The Black Arrow, which was...

January 8

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Massachusetts Gazette (January 8, 1767).“Books for Children, very proper for Christmas and New Year’s Gifts.” John Mein made a fairly unique appeal to potential...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 8 Jan 2017

Two Great Books To Read To Children Of All Ages.

Do you read to your children or Grandchildren? The following books are great for children of all ages, I read these to my three sons.The Matchlock Gun By Walter D. Edmonds.In 1756, New York State was still a British colony, and the French and the Indians...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 15 Jul 2016

Be Kind to Animals: Happy Birthday to Anna Sewell

I've mentioned how much I loved to read when growing up on this blog before. The author of one of my favorite childhood books was born today in 1820, Anna Sewell:Anna Sewell is born in Norfolk, England. The daughter of a successful children’s book...

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) wrote children’s books!...

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) wrote children’s books! Above the portrait of the author, I have uploaded two engravings from her Original Stories from Real Life; with Conversations, Calculated to Regulate the Affections, and Form the Mind to Truth and...

Tales from the Reading Room – Episode 32

Happy World Book Day! World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. It has been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked in over 100 countries...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 7 Mar 2013

Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.