Courage – The Christmas Gift Book of The Boys’ Brigade, by Professor George Adam Smith D.D was published in 1893.
The BB Gazette of February 1894 recorded: The Christmas Gift-Book, “Courage,” by Professor George Adam Smith, D.D., has been a great success. Its circulation has exceeded, “Courage.” by several thousands, that of any of its predecessors, thus showing that there is no falling-off in the interest with which the annual Christmas Gift-Book is looked forward to throughout the Brigade.
Christmas books – The late Victorian period was a time of rapidly increasing literacy, with The Boys’ Brigade playing its part in this progress with the publication in 1889 of a Christmas Gift book for Boys. The primary purpose of this book was to encourage Boys to read, and the first publication featured 16 pages of text interspersed with illustrations. This set a pattern for future books which continued until 1899. These books proved very successful, and reached a good proportion of Boys in the Brigade. Few of these books now exist, and it is fortunate that enough copies remain to be reproduced and read on the BB virtual museum as a flip book below.