Children’s literature is a significant genre like other genres in literature. From the earliest times of literary composition, people understood that it is very easy to give orders or advice by deceiving children’s stories. That is why from generation to generation, advice or educational stories are spread orally for the little ones.
Irish folklore is found in 400 BC. Aesop’s Fables appeared on papyrus pages in the mid-400 BC. However, it is believed that the oldest written folk tale in the world is Panchatantra. Which was written in India during the period 200AD. But for this century, writing for children meant teaching them in simple language. Sometimes the alphabet, sometimes advice or orders were all the main themes of the stories. The enjoyment of children has not yet become part of literature.
This attitude persisted even after the 1400s when Europe became a cultural center of the world. Later, like other branches of literature, this branch also began to catch the eye of writers. They realize that writing something other than educational books is very important for children. Textbooks alone are not enough to develop their mental and imaginative powers.
At this point, illustrations began to start. Which helps to make a story easily understandable to the younger readers. Ordinary woodcut images were published with various popular lyric plays, religious passages, or folk tales. The concept of childhood began to develop around the 1600s. People are beginning to understand that children also have a different world. During this time many books for children were printed all over Europe. Although these books were mainly about education.
In 1744 John Newbery published a pocketbook for children only.
The literary writing revolution for children began in the early 1800s.
From the mid-1800s to the late 1900s, numerous books were published only for children. Some books have been timeless. They are what we know as classic books. we have got some great writers at this time.
Such as Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), Mark Twain (1835-1910), Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), Ronald Dahl (1916-1990), Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), and present-day writers like J.K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, Ruskin Bond, Robert Munsch are bringing smiles to the faces of children with their outstanding writing skills. From picture books to fantasy or comic books, children’s reading habits are further enhanced. It opens children’s minds outside of their own culture, increasing their mental strength. We have compiled our list of Top Ten Books for Children with some timeless books and some recently published books. Not all books are for kids of all ages. So we have divided the list into three parts keeping in mind the age of the younger readers. I hope you like this list too.