Children's literature did not exist prior to the 1700s, as people did not think children needed their own books. However this changed when European and American authors began to mass print works of literature for children.
Reading in Early Colinisation
1800 - 1875
Australian children at the time of colinisation were expected to read the litertaure of their British counterparts, as Australians were still considered British at this time.
1875 - 1940
Children's literature started to focus on being Australian, rather than being aimed at British children as was in the past. Australian character (people and wildlife) became prominent features in these books.
In the early 1900s authors began to feature the Australian Bushland and the Flora and Fauna of it in their books, such as Blinky Bill and Snugglepot & Cuddlepie.
Literature after WW2
1945 - 1974
Support for the Childrens publishing industry was increased after World War 2.
1945 - 1970
Changing culture and technology brought new subjects for childrens literature.
The Indigenous Referendum brought about an increased Indigenous contribution to children's Literature.
An Art Form
1974 - 2016
From this point, childrens picture books became artworks with the rise of colour printing. This has continued until today.