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This guide will assist in the research of topics related to the history of children's literature. Students in the History of Children's Literature, LIS 2324 will find the guide useful.

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History of Children's Literature

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:

  • the books written for children
  • the books written for adults but read by children
  • other items read by children such as magazines, dime novels, textbooks, and religious materials
  • genres in children's literature such as school stories, series books, adventure stories
  • people involved in book production such as authors, illustrators, or publishers
  • international childrens literature such as the French conte de fée, the German märchen, the Swedish saga

Related Guide

Another Pitt LibGuide that will be of use to you in this research is Children's Literature - Bradford Campus.

Your Children's Literature Liaison Librarian

Clare Withers
Contact:
207D Hillman Library
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-648-7704 worksite
412 298-4037 cell