History of Children's Literature

Timeline created by ZugeyA
In History
  • John Newbery Opened Book Store in St. Paul's Churchyard, London

    John Newbery Opened a bookstore in St. Paul's Churchyard, London. Though Newberry sold and publish books for children, his books like those of that century were written to teach children. Newberry's books taught children proper behavior.
  • A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys

    Nathaniel Hawthorne is consider to be the first author to write the first American children's book.
  • Lewis Carroll's Alice' s Adventures in Wonderland

    Carroll's books Alice' s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were written solely for children’s entertainment without any morals or teachings. These books were reprinted in English speaking countries around the world since formerly most children's books came from England.
  • Heidi

    Johanna Spyri publishes Heidi in Switzerland
  • Pinocchio

    Author Carlo Collodi published Pinocchio in Italy
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

    Selma Largelöf's publishes The Wonderful Adventures of Nils in Sweden
  • First Labor Laws Passed

    First Labor Laws freed children to go to school with more children attending schools the need for children's books rapidly increased. Many libraries were being built rapidly, increasing the number of books available to more children.
  • Department Devoted to Children's Books

    The U.S. Publishing House Macmillan launches a department devoted to children's books.
  • ChildrenBook Press

    Encourage by the lack of bilingual picture books, Harriet Rohmer established Children's Book Press. The CBP was devoted to publishing books that mirrored the cultural diversity.
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    First women Editors

    Helen Dean Fish and May Massee became the first children’s book editors, each in different companies.
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    Children's and Young Adult Books Importance

    During this period children's and young adult genres became increasingly important in homes, schools, libraries, and publishing houses.
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    Need for Diversity

    Between 1988 and 1999, attention to diversity in children’s and young adult books were of great importance. Presses like Just Us Books, brought attention to this matter and helped encourage editors to support the work of African American writers and illustrators. An increase in diverse witting for books that contained characters of different racial backgrounds or sexuality were seldom, and less than one percent of published books in the US were translated into other languages.