The Historical Perspectives and Trends of Children's Literature

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Since the 18th century children’s literature has been held responsible for bringing entertainment to children of all ages across the world. But, when you actually think about it, what is children’s literature? The term seems easy enough to define, it is literature intended for children, but what is the definition of literature? According to Charlotte Huck (2010), literature is an imaginative shaping of life and thought into the forms and structures of language. This, in my opinion, is an excellent definition to use due to the fact that children’s literature is constantly changing. From older literature, including songs and stories told orally, to more-modern themed children’s literature told from newer books and now even computers, it is easy to tell that the historical perspectives and trends of children’s literature continue to change throughout time. Today, the most common way of storytelling is by reading the words out of a book. Many, many years ago, this was not the case due to the lack of publishing. Individuals took it upon themselves to tell stories orally instead. These stories were often called “folklore”, “folk literature”, or “mythology”. Many of these stories were believed to have been myths, or untrue. However, literary study shows that myths are not untrue, just stories with a generalized meaning that expresses truth about human beings (2010). Children were also told many religious stories and lessons. As written literature formed and the printing press was invented, these religious stories and lessons were the first to then be told through pictures put into bibles and lesson books to make it easier for the children to understand. For centuries oral tradition was just as popular as more-modern written tradition ... ... middle of paper ... ...card on e-books now. Libraries also offer study groups and book clubs in order for children to discuss the stories they are reading with other children and adults. As the years continue and as long as we still have books more topics will be covered and more children will be learning because I truly believe that you never stop learning if you never stop reading. Works Cited Dreier, Peter. (2011). Dr. Suess’s Progressive Politics. Pages 28-47. Hucks, Charlotte. (2010). Charlotte Huck’s Children’s Literature. https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/0077771656/pages/53128500 Hucks, Charlotte. (2010). Historical Information. http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073378569/student_view0/chapter3/historical_information.html Mickenberg, Julia L. (2005). Learning from the Left: Children’s Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States
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