Children's Literature History

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In History
  • John Newbery opened a bookstore in London and sold books he published. These books were meant to instruct children.

    John Newbery opened a bookstore in London and sold books he published. These books were meant to instruct children.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the first American children book

    Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the first American children book
    The book was titled A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls. England was still considered a major course of literature for North American children for generations.
  • Lewis Carroll published Alice in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll published Alice in Wonderland
    Children's books became written for enjoyment rather than instruction and also nurtured children's imagination.
  • The first child labor laws were passed

    This law freed children to go to school where they were able to learn how to read and write. Literature rapidly increased simultaneously
  • US publishing house Macmillan launched a department devoted entirely to children's books.

    US publishing house Macmillan launched a department devoted entirely to children's books.
    Louise Bechtel Seaman, editor and teacher, was appointed department head.
  • John Newbery Award was established by the American Library Association.

    John Newbery Award was established by the American Library Association.
  • Helen Dean Fish and May Massee were the first females to become children’s books editors.

  • Randolph Caldecott Award was established.

    Randolph Caldecott Award was established.
    awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's books
  • Children's Book Press was established

    Children's Book Press was established
    Harriet Rohmer established Children's Book Press devoted to the publication of bilingual picturebooks.
  • Katherine Paterson published Bridge to Terabithia

    Katherine Paterson published Bridge to Terabithia
    Paterson's book was later challenged/banned multiple times for various reasons including profanity.
  • OrbisPictus Award was established

    OrbisPictus Award was established
    administered by the National Council of Teachers of English recognizing non-fiction literature
  • Michael L. Printz Award was established

    Michael L. Printz Award was established
    administered by the American Library Association for adolescent literature
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    Children's Literature in the 21st Century

    Children's literature continues to evolve, reflecting the diversity and globalization of the lives of young readers. The content and the form of literature available is abundant.