Zerna Sharp

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Zerna Addis Sharp (August 12, 1889 – June 17, 1981) was a US author, writer and teacher. She became known for creating the Dick and Jane[1][2] beginning readers, and many other readers for children. Sharp noted the reduced reading ability of children during her travels and urged a new reading format for primers. She suggested that primers introduce a word at a time to new readers, and the Dick and Jane primers adhered to this format. The names "Dick" and "Jane" were chosen because they were easy to sound. The primers were sold from 1927 to 1973.

Sharp was born in Hillisburg, Clinton County, Indiana.[3] She died in Frankfort, Indiana at the age of 91.


  1. ^ Communications, Emmis (December 1999). Indianapolis Monthly. Emmis Communications. pp. 214–. ISSN 08990328 Parameter error in {{issn}}: Invalid ISSN..
  2. ^ Kismaric, Carole (1 November 2004). Growing Up with Dick and Jane- Wal Mart: Learning and Living the American Dream. Harpercollins. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-06-076681-8.
  3. ^ Wolfsie, Dick (10 November 2009). Indiana Curiosities: Quirky characters, roadside oddities & other offbeat stuff. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 261–. ISBN 978-0-7627-6161-6.