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Children's literature or juvenile literature includes stories, books, magazines, and poems that are made for children. Modern children's literature is classified in two different ways: genre or the intended age of the reader.
Children's literature can be traced to stories such as fairy tales that have only been identified as children’s literature in the eighteenth century, and songs, part of a wider oral tradition, that adults shared with children before publishing existed. The development of early children's literature, before printing was invented, is difficult to trace. Even after printing became widespread, many classic "children's" tales were originally created for adults and later adapted for a younger audience. Since the fifteenth century much literature has been aimed specifically at children, often with a moral or religious message. Children's literature has been shaped by religious sources, like Puritan traditions, or by more philosophical and scientific standpoints with the influences of Charles Darwin and John Locke. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are known as the "Golden Age of Children's Literature" because many classic children's books were published then. Read more...
Hymns for the Amusement of Children
(1771) was the final work completed by Christopher Smart
. It was completed while Smart was imprisoned for outstanding debt at the King's Bench Prison
, and the work is his final exploration of religion. Smart's Hymns
are one of the first works of hymns dedicated to children, and they are intended to teach Christian virtues. Unlike some of the other works produced by Smart after his release from a mental asylum, such as A Song to David
orHymns and Spiritual Songs
, this work was a success and went into many immediate editions. Part of the success of this work lies in the simplicity and accessibility of the text. However, Smart died before he ever saw the proceeds of the work and never learned of the book's success.
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- August 1942 - Death of Janusz Korczak, (memorial pictured), a Polish-Jewish children's author, pediatrician, and pedagogue
- August 2007 – Lloyd Alexander, known for his Chronicles of Prydain, publishes his last novel
- August 2007 – The Dandy, the third-longest running comic in the world, becomes The Dandy Xtreme
- 11 August 1897 – Birth of Enid Blyton, the fifth-most translated author worldwide
- 28 August 1995 – Death of Michael Ende, German children's writer best known for The Neverending Story
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