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Brief History of Children's Literature

My first Prezi. I'm sure there are many beginner's mistakes, but what fun it was. I'll use this in the first class of a Children's Literature Course at University of the Fraser Valley. I'm a children's librarian in Abbotsford, BC.
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on 31 December 2013

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1400s
1500s
1600s
1700s
Brief History of Children's Literature
1800s
1900 - 1950s
1980-----------------2014
Children apprenticed
young (7 years)
illiteracy the norm
information transfer
through oral tradition
Books were hand-copied
(mainly religious)
Invention
of the
printing press
1440
Gutenberg
hornbooks
1594
Descarte's notion of
'Deus ex machine'
fate determined at birth
Society's values are
reflected in
Children's Literature.

(storytelling)
Rise of the middle /merchant class
Literacy is necessary
for commerce & trade
first picture book?
1657
"The World in Pictures"
No Fairy or Witch Tales
no sex
Must be morally instructive
1693
John Locke
1484
Aesop's Fables
Ring around
the Rosie....
Humpty Dumpty
sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty
had a great fall...
1697
chapbooks
Chapbooks -- sold
by peddlers travelling
from village to village --
become very popular.
1744
John
Newbery
Yes, THAT Newbery.
Age of Reason
Stories from oral tradition
appear in print.
Childhood is discussed as a
FORMATIVE period in human development
The Brothers
Grimm
Hans Christian Andersen
Victorian Era
"Golden Age of Children's Literature"
Childhood becoming more carefree.
(for upper classes)
rigid depictions of
class
gender roles
prejudices
illustrations become less labourious due to printing advancements – colour reproduceable
20th Century
Series
Happy Family Stories!
Adventure!
Domestic Fiction
(for boys)
(for girls)
variety of genres
emerge
interest in
developmental
psychology
Tom Swift
Hardy Boys
Rover Boys
Bobbsey Twins
Nancy Drew
Jack Ranger
Dana Girls
Dave Dashaway
Don Sturdy
Bomba the Jungle Boy
Edward Stratemeyer
Good Clean Fun!
Beatrix Potter
Pulp Fiction
Political values are
reflected in
Children's Literature.
Economic values are reflected
in Children's Literature.

What is 'Childhood'?
Cultural Revolution
Age of New Realism
1960s & 70s
growth in high quality information books
books written in verse
renewed interest in series books
renewed interest in fantasy
(think 'Harry Potter')
?
In every age...
Moral values are reflected
in Children's Literature.
idea
beginner books
"Tween" market
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