This is a timeline of the changes of children's literature from the eighteenth century until now!
The only books for children circulating are literature on good behavior and proper social conduct.
Arabian Nights translated into English, Robinson Crusoe, Gullivers Travels and Perrault's Fairy Tales are translated into English
The widow from Phillip Stanhope sold the letters that Phillip's father sent him about advice about about life, etiquette and courtesy. These letters were common reading for eighteenth century children
John Newberry published A Little Pretty Pocket book in 1744. Also Little Tommy, Pretty Miss Polly and possibly Moother Goose's Melody.
So much literature for children is developed such as journals, comedy, travel, geography, morals, grammars, languages etc!
Children's literature took on an adventure theme and was aimed at boys. This was around the time of pioneering for land, convicts and natural threats of exploring colonies were happening which inspired the writing.
These are very inexpensive books with black ink illustrations that were sold on the streets
The Grimm brothers Popular Stories are translated and a story ny Clement. C . Moore called A Visit from St Nicholas is published
first Australian children's literature released which is more about advice from Mother to children in dialogue.
Edward Lear writes The Book of Nonsense and is published.
Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersan is translated and circulated. The Merry Adventures of Robin hood. The Adventures of Pinocchio. Fairytales are revisited ( they were around in 16th Century but moralists fought for them to be banned).
A Sunday school inspired movement of women writers are dominating children's literature. This is influenced from the Church of England.
Around this time there is a hint of regarding children as property and not individuals
Books such as Alice's Adventure in Wonderland, Little Women, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The sea are written are published.
A children's writer, Hesba Strelton ( Sarah Smith) was a writer who founded London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
In Australia, this was a time where people had settled and society had taken on social order and stories about families surfaced as interesting literature for children to read
The Wizard of Oz, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, The Wind in the Willows, The Secret Garden and many others come out
The once racist literature about Aboriginal people being savages started to evolve
Australian children's stories focused on landscape and fantasy in the bush tool place. Writer and illustrators such as May Gibbs, Rentoul Outhwaite, Dorothy Wall were prevalent
The prestigious Newberry Medal is made to celebrate distinguised children's writers.
written by Ernest. H. Shepherd
it was said that post war books had an educational emphasis and writers would include social issues in the literature at that time
Pippi Longstocking, Charlotte's Web, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank, The Cat in the Hat, Where the Wild Things Are to name a few
it was said that childhood dissappeared under issues such as dress codes, hairstyles, juvenille crime, exploitation from the fashion industry
Judy Bloome books aimed at teenagers were very popular
Modern Australian picture books are made and eventually evolve from being just for the baby/ child to using clever language and metaphors to speak to the parents also.
a significant time of freedom where writers explored in writing children's literature such as using idioms and free language.
Gillian Rubinstien breaks taboo against using the four letter F word. Short story's also start to become popular.
Writers use psyche, naturalism, adventure, family and contemporary theories are developed
Literature about the stolen generations and stories from Aboriginal people from their perspective are published
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a universal hit
The Robert. F. Silbert Informational Book Award established for distginguished work of nonfiction for children