https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTVSFY4abV0xhwQRuGZZ-NIx4ewt4utM0CcKqyqUS53CWJdBJ5w Chapbooks also saw a transition from adult to children’s literature during the nineteenth century when literate adult Victorians "outgrew" their fondness for the reading material
Orbis Pictus Sensualium (The visible world) by Johann Amos Comenius was the first true illustrated book for children. Published in 1658 and intended to teach Latin, it did this with illustrations in which the figures were numbered and the names were given in Latin and the reader's native tongue, initially German. But the book and its concept proved popular and it was translated into English in 1659 and into other languages as well.https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ9-frEGWnIfak4sjYp6wIx00IKgkPmocAhOnOXd4CkTvFZm9rY7Q
1744: John Newbery (1713-1767), A Little Pretty Pocket-Book. While not a picture book, it is often cited as being the first book published specifically with children in mind.
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm 1800, The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson 1828
Throughout the Golden Age of children s literature, especially in the early 1900s children were considered innocent and that stage should be preserved. The literature they were exposed to reflected that with stories of talking animals and magical nanny's. For example in 1940 when the children s book about Ab Lincoln's biography came out his assassination was left out. It was seen as inappropriate to have children reading about such things.
Children now have access to a multitude of titles and genres from Goosebumps to Thomas and friends. The introduction of Multiliteracies and Indigenous material being freely available to children of all ages
1865 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll, 1826 Under the Window - Kate Greenaway, Pictures and Rhymes for Children - First colour print book by Edmund Evans, engraver and printer, Picture books published in pairs - Randolph Caldecott 1879-1885 - Sing a Song for Sixpence/Babes in the Woods, 1894 The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling.
1957 The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss, 1963 Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak , 1998 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J. K. Rowling......All box office hits!