Technical Communication in Children’s Literature

I recently came across a reference to technical communication in a children’s book. I’m wondering how many other such references they might be. (The topic seems apt given Tom Johnson’s recent questions about the place of technical writing in the high school curriculum.)

I was delighted when I found out recently that Joan Aiken‘s Armitage family stories has been collected and published together, and that the collection was available for the Kindle. The best known of these stories is The Serial Garden, which is the name given to the new collection, but there are a number of others that I had never read before, including one called Miss Hooting’s Legacy, in which the Armitages are bequeathed a pair of “mechanical helots” (in other words, robots) in the will of deceased old fairy lady (in other words, a witch). read more