Children's Literature History Timeline

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  • John Newbery's Bookstore

    John Newbery's Bookstore
    John Newbery opened a bookstore in St. Paul's Churchyard, London, where he sold and published books for children. These books were created to teach children what was considered proper behavior.
  • First American Book for Children

    First American Book for Children
    Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls is considered to be the first American book intended for children.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Lewis Carroll's book was written to entertain children, with no moral lesson implied through the plot or characters. This was considered to be revolutionary.
  • Heidi

    Johanna Spyri's Heidi is published in Switzerland.
  • Pinocchio

    Carlo Collodi's children's book Pinocchio is published in Italy.
  • Child Labor Laws Implemented

    Child Labor Laws Implemented
    After the enforcement of the first child labor laws, more children were able to attend school. As more children gained the ability to read, children's literature rapidly evolved. Children's literature became profitable, so publishing companies established departments specialized in books for children.
  • Macmillian: Department for Children's Books

    Macmillian: Department for Children's Books
    Louise Bechtel Seaman is appointed the head of Macmillan's children's literature department.
  • Modern Picture Books Begin Development

    From the 1920's through the 1930's, the modern picturebook begins to develop.
  • John Newbery Award Established

    The John Newbery Award is established by the American Library Association.
  • First Woman Editor

    First Woman Editor
    Helen Dean Fish becomes the first woman editor for a children's literature field.
  • Randolph Caldecott Award Established

    Randolph Caldecott Award Established
    The Randolph Caldecott Award is established by the American Library Association.
  • Importance of Children's Literature Spreads

    Importance of Children's Literature Spreads
    From the 1940's through the 1960's, the importance of children's books gained traction in public libraries, schools, and homes.
  • Young Adult Renaissance

    Young Adult Renaissance
    From the 1960's through the 1970's, the young adult genre underwent a renaissance with the publications of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, Paul Zindel's The Pigman, and Judy Blume's Forever.
  • Children's Book Press

    Children's Book Press
    Harriet Rohmer establishes the Children's Book Press devoted to the publication of bilingual picturebooks due to the lack of diversity.
  • Representation of Women

    Representation of Women
    Towards the end of the twentieth century, women began to be represented in nontraditional roles.
  • OrbisPictus Award Established

    OrbisPictus Award Established
    The OrbisPictus Award is established and administered by the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Twenty-First Century

    Twenty-First Century
    Children's literature continues to evolve in the twenty-first century. New genres and styles have emerged, along with new methods of publishing due to technology.