The Historical Perspectives and Trends of Children's Literature

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Since the 18th century children’s literature has been held responsible for bringing entertainment to children of all ages across the world. But, when you actually think about it, what is children’s literature? The term seems easy enough to define, it is literature intended for children, but what is the definition of literature? According to Charlotte Huck (2010), literature is an imaginative shaping of life and thought into the forms and structures of language. This, in my opinion, is an excellent definition to use due to the fact that children’s literature is constantly changing. From older literature, including songs and stories told orally, to more-modern themed children’s literature told from newer books and now even computers, it is …show more content…
This is similar to how families gather now to spend time together, such as watching a television show together, conversing at the dinner table together, etc. These oral stories often had happy endings and were usually very humorous. As the years have gone on folk tales have become so popular they have also made their way into written literature. For example, older Disney princesses started out as an oral story written into a book and told to many little girls across the world. It is amazing to imagine that Belle, Snow White, and Rapunzel were once just stuck inside an author’s head, waiting to be come to life on a piece of paper. Due to different cultures/countries and advancing years many stories have been retold by other authors. This is just another example of how written children’s literature has transitioned throughout the centuries. The imagination that comes from these stories has carried on throughout the years as well. Tales that involve fantasy and magic have paved the way for books like the Harry Potter and Twilight series, which might not have been so popular had this genre not been explored before. It seems these days that children’s literature is more popular than ever. Different books with many different themes are readily available to children at schools, public libraries, and department stores. Many new, more-modern books have been created throughout the years. Race and ethnicity have been written into books, something that was unheard…