Children’s literature is a fascinating field of publishing to study. Kids are one of the most versatile demographics, exhibiting constant change in response to the world around them. As children change, their literature has changed along with them.
Originally, there were no such things as books written for the enjoyment of children. Books were much too expensive to even be a common commodity, much less trust in the hands of a child. But over the last couple hundred years, the children’s book industry has become a booming, lucrative business.
I read an interesting article called chronicling the changes in children’s lit since the seventeenth century. The original “children’s book” was the Horn Book, paddle-shaped boards with primary information intended to help children learn how to read and their prayers. It’s interesting to juxtapose this with the myriad of children’s fiction today and how it has changed over the last several centuries, and perhaps more interesting to consider where it may be headed.
Read the article here