History of Children's Literature

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Oral Stories

1400

Children listened to stories and lullabies told by adults

Horn book

1440

Small wooden paddle with the Lord's Prayer, phonics lessons and short stories written on it.

Printing press created

1440

Texts started to be produced with the alphabet and children began to learn to read from these

Aesop's Fables

1481

Aesop's fables were popular short stories aimed to teach children life lessons

Chap books

1578

Popular texts available for all ages and were sold on the streets

The Pilgrim's Process

1678

John Bunyan Published The Pilgrim's Process which was one of the most influential books ever to be published in England

A Little Pretty Pocket Book

1744

John Newbery Published A Little Pretty Pocket Book

Grimm Brothers

1823

Grimm Brother's work translated into English

Charlotte Barton

1841

Charlotte Barton wrote "A Mother's offering to her children" which were stories teaching children how to behave

The Water Babies

1863

Alice in Wonderland

1865

The Blue Fairy Book

1889

Andrew Lang's colour fairy book's began with "The Blue Fairy Book"

Fairy Tales Popular

1900

Fairy tales became particularly popular with colour printing becoming cost effective and due to this picture books became key pieces of children's literature.
Wizard of Oz written.

Beatrix Potter

1902

A Tale Of Peter Rabbit was written by Beatrix Potter

Golden Books

1946

Golden books were very popular with lots of pictures containing stories for children's enjoyment e.g "Scruffy the Tugboat"

Jungle Book

1967

Comic books, series books and game playing popular

1980

The Adventure's of Spiderman

1987

Complex and interactive texts developed

1990 - 2013

Complex story books, extensive topics, diversity - race, gender and class written about, interactive texts, multimedia and the internet are all popular literature currently

Harry Potter

1997

J K Rowling released the first Harry Potter novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone