A history of children's books in 100 books

While the modern children's book, intended specifically for the enjoyment of children, did not emerge until 18th-century Europe, its roots span centuries and continents: children's literature began with fables, myths and folk tales from the oral tradition. A History of the Children's...

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Main Author: Cave, Roderick,
Other Authors: Ayad, Sara,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Richmond Hill, Ontario : Buffalo, New York : Firefly Books Ltd. ; Firefly Books (U.S.) Inc., 2017.
Physical Description: 272 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • First steps : oral traditions and pre-literacy
  • Once upon a time, in a land far away
  • Abecedarias and battledores
  • The 'childe's first tutor' : the education of the young
  • Small books for small people : the growth of publishing for the young
  • Tales of tails : animal stories for children
  • Innocence, experience and old-fashioned nonsense
  • Fairies and frighteners : tempters, tearaways and cautionary tales
  • Heroes in action : time-travel, detection and derring-do
  • The war years and beyond
  • Growing up fast : comics, TV and new media
  • Records of a lost age : children's books as historical artefacts.