This guide will assist you in researching topics related to the history of children's literature. Students in the History of Children's Literature, LIS 2324 will find the guide useful.
Some date the beginnings of children's literature at 1744 with John Newbery's printing of A Little Pretty Pocket-book. This title is often identified as the first book written for the express purpose of entertaining children.
The depth and breadth of children's literature history can be extended if you consider books that were written for adults but "taken" by children. For example, these items were written for adults, but are now in the canon of children's literature; fables from Aesop and LaFontaine; fairy stories from Giovan Francesco Straparola, Giambattista Basile, Madame d'Aulnoy, Madame Le Prince de Beaumont, Charles Perrault; and story cycles such as the Indian Panchatantra, the Nordic saga of Sigurd the dragon-slayer, and the Arabic One thousand and one nights.
In this class you will consider the history of children's literature in a number of ways. For example, you might examine:
Another Pitt LibGuide that will be of use to you in this research is Children's Literature - Bradford Campus.