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Literature for children started off as an oral story. Long ago stories were sketched on cave walls left for someone to find the story. Children were told songs, tales, and watched plays as a form of literature. Many of the oral tradition stories were based on culture and morals. These stories stayed with cultures and were passed down to each generation. Like any oral story these stories changed throughout the years little by little. The tales eventually were written into a book. Books started out being printed as religious education and grew from there throughout the years. The first print press was the Gutenberg’s wooden hand-press invented in the 1450’s. By the end of the eighteenth century the demand for printed literature was so great the creation of better printing technology was in full swing. The iron press was invented in the 1800’s but only created a better quality not quantity. The twentieth century was when printing improved in the quality and quantity. Printing technology from the beginning created a way to record the tales and folklore cultures made up. It also became a way to educate on religion. The bible was printed along with other religious books. Oral traditions started the literature we have today. It was the beginning of what many families value as time with their children cuddled up together with a book. Children have been listening to stories for centuries. In the seventeenth century books began being written and published specifically for children. Major themes in the Colonial American era, which was the seventeenth century, were religion, morals, and society/cultural unacceptance. In this time period books about religion were very popular. Children are easily swayed in beliefs therefo... ... middle of paper ..., and correct social behavior. Counselors in schools teach children about bullying, making friends, being thoughtful, hygiene, and family situations through books. Books will continue to be a huge part of a child’s life growing up and being educated by. Without the knowledge to read and truly enjoy literature children cannot succeed in school and life. Books will continue to be a part of education children. Literature will have more focal points added and increased levels of learning. We will see an increase in non-fiction books in the years to come. The new common core standards require a better understanding and comprehension in non-fiction. Children’s literature has slowly grown over the centuries from being stories told, to books evolving into what we have today. There have been great advancements to provide children the largest selection of literature.

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