The changing world of children's books


A worldwide tradition of story

2100 b.c

before there were books, there were stories. Today's children literature has grown out of oral traditions that exist en every society.
Eventually in many cultures, there oral stories came to be preserved in more permanent forms -on cave walls, sculptures, objects and so on.

Early Beginnings

1295 bc

children were entertained by the same literature (oral stories) than adults, after a hard day's labor. those tales were told oer and over generations until they were finally collected in literature books.

The printed book

175 ac

the earliest printed book originated in china were printed from stone rubbings.


1200 ac

treated such topics as manners, children's duties, the properties of animals and plants and religious precepts

The earliest Manuscripts

1387 ac

before the invention of movable type, the first book that European children might have read wee picture bibles or lesson books.
Early lesson books had a dialogue between teacher and student and rhymed couplets.

Printing press

1450 ac

The impact of printing press can be seen, in the number of books owned by some individuals. before that invention scholars and phydicians possessed few books. A century later Cristopher Columbus owned a library of more than fifteen thousand titles.

Hornbooks, ABCs


Hornbooks was a really really little wooden paddle to which was pasted a sheet of parchment printed with the Alphabet, he vowels and the lord's prayer.

17th century


books written for enjoyment to upper classes.
books in 17th century were dominated by the spiritual beliefs of puritanism, cosidered children miniature adults. concern for the salvation of children's souls became the central goal of their parents and children.

Orbis Pictus: first picture book for children

Newbery Publishes for children

1800 ac

Newbery's books were all illustrated with pictures based on the text. Moral lesson for young readers.
all Mother Goose tales with wonderful and supernatural events, exiting adventure and models of behavior.

18th century: books with moral, how to live, well behaved.

19th century children's literature


represented the "Anglo world", exploring variety of topics

folktale and fantasy


Grimm published the house hold stories.
inanimated objects and animals.
Alice's Adventures in wonderland made for children and adult enjoiment

Tales of adventure


The rise of family stories and series books for girls promptedmore attention to tales of adventure and the development of boy's series. the characters and plot tended to be superficial and predictable.

(individual achievement)



in the cathegory of books fot fun may beincluded the books with movable parts ans whole pop-up scenes created miniature stages.

Animal Stories


some animal stories appearedas a protest againts cruel treatment of them.
in the other hand we have Mogli in the jungle books that were exciting animal stories.



to provide ejoyable material for children to read, magazines were very succesful even before children they spoke about slvery.

Ilustrator of the 19th century


pictures were frequently interchanged among books, but in 19th century pocesses were refined and lithographic techniques developed,the quality improve and illustratos of children´s books began to achive as much recognition as the authors.

20th century


technological improvements made it possible to create beautifully illustrated books.