A Fiction Genre That Has a Special Place in our Hearts – Children’s Literature

For many of us, children’s literature holds a very special place. It might be that we remember with fondness the stories we were told as children. Or we enjoy telling stories to our own children. The definition of children’s literature is a simple one. Basically, it includes books, magazines, stories and poems that are enjoyed by children.

The origins of modern children’s literature

Adults have been sharing stories with children since before publishing was invented. The early origins of this genre are a little difficult to trace, but the Golden Age of Children’s Literature is considered to be the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This is because this era was when many books we consider to be classics were published. It was when children’s literature became more available as paper and printing became more affordable.

The population was also increasing and rates of literacy were improving. The first book in the school story tradition is considered to be Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes. It appeared in 1857. But the book that changed the writing style for children’s fiction was Lewis Carroll’s fantasy, Alice in Wonderland that was first published in 1865. The Water Babies is another important book of the era.

You must never feel badly about making mistakes…..as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The first Italian fantasy novel for children was printed in 1883, The Adventures of Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi and was translated into many different languages. In the 1880s, Treasure Island and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson were very popular.

Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book was first published in 1894 and Peter Pan by JM Barrie was printed in 1911. one other classic worth a mention is Johanna Spyri’s novel Heidi, published in two parts in Switzerland in 1880 and 1881.

I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Children’s literature is divided into two categories

The genre of children’s literature is generally divided into two categories. The genre is one and the other is the age of the reader the literature is aimed at. The genre is determined by content, length, tone and technique among other things and there are basically six categories.

These are picture books, traditional literature, fiction, non-fiction, biography and autobiography and finally poetry and verse. Dividing books by age is a little less clear cut with many books considered to be borderline.

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“What day is it?” asked Winnie the Pooh. “It’s today” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day” said Pooh.

The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne