Timeline of Children's Literature 1485-2013

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An extensive timeline of children's literature from 1485-2013, with a focus on 20th century literature.

An extensive timeline of children's literature from 1485-2013, with a focus on 20th century literature.

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  • 1. TIMELINE OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE 1485-2013 Heysha Díaz Meléndez 09.17.13
  • 2. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! "I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges
  • 3. Late 15th century – 17th century  1484 William Caxton prints Subtyl Historyes and Fables of Esop  1485 Sir Thomas Malory Le Morte D’arthur  1563 John Foxe Actes and Monumentes, popularly known as the Book of Martyrs. Used for over three centuries as a source in many books for Protestant children, including the New- England Primer.  1601 John Weever An Agnus Dei (A Lamb of God), an abridged New Testament in rhymed couplets; a very early example of the miniature books known as Thumb Bibles.
  • 4. Late 15th century – 17th century  1659 Visible World, the first English translation of Johann Amos Comenius's Orbis Sensualium Pictus, an educational compendium with a pictorial alphabet arranged according to sounds.  1660 Thomas White A Little Book for Little Children. Set out Puritan ideals for children; published as part of his Manual for Parents.  1668 Jean de La Fontaine's Fables choisies, mises en vers (Selected Fables, Set in Verse); first translated into English in 1734. Original and Modern versions of the collection
  • 5. Late 15th century – 17th century  1678 John Bunyan The Pilgrim's Progress  1697 Charles Perrault Histoires ou contes du temps passé (Stories or Tales of Past Times). Often considered the first major collection of fairy tales for children. The book was first published in English in 1729; many of the tales were separately published as chapbooks and later as picture books for children. The collection was sometimes given the title "Tales of Mother Goose."
  • 6. 18th century  1719 Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe  1726 Jonathan Swift Gulliver's Travels  1744 John Newbery A Little Pretty Pocket-Book  1749 Sarah Fielding The Governess; or, The Little Female Academy. One of the first books published specifically for girls; it contains two didactic fairy tales.
  • 7. 19th century (1800-1849)  1805 William Godwin Fables Ancient and Modern, an adaptation for young children.  1819 Washington Irving "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow“  1823 Edgar Taylor German Popular Stories, a translation of selected tales from Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's Kinder- und Hausmärchen (1812- 15, Children's and Household Tales)
  • 8. 19th century (1800-1849)  1823 “A Visit from St. Nicholas” aka “The Night Before Christmas” was published anonymously; authorship later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore.  1843 Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol  1846 Mary Howitt's translation of Wonderful Stories for Children by Hans Christian Andersen; one of the first English translations of Andersen's fairy tales, which began appearing in Danish in 1835.
  • 9. 19th century (1850-1899)  1863 Jules Verne Cinq semaines en ballon, voyage de découvertes en Afrique (Five Weeks in a Balloon), the first major science fiction novel.  1865 Lewis Carroll Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  1868 Louisa May Alcott Little Women  1877 Anna Sewell Black Beauty  1881 Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island
  • 10. 19th century (1850-1899)  1884 Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  1892 First U.S. comic strip, "Little Bears and Tykes," San Francisco Examiner  1894-95 Rudyard Kipling The Jungle Book
  • 11. 20th century (1900-1910)  1900 L. Frank Baum The Wizard of Oz  1902 Beatrix Potter The Tale of Peter Rabbit  1903 Jack London The Call of the Wild; Howard Pyle's The Story of King Arthur and His Knights.  1904 J. M. Barrie Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up premiers in London (1929 First definitive publication of J. M. Barrie's play Peter Pan; or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up)
  • 12. 20th century (1900-1910)  1905 Frances Hodgson Burnett A Little Princess  1906 Jack London White Fang  1908 L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables  1908 Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows
  • 13. 20th century (1911-1920)  1911 Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden  1922 Margery Williams The Velveteen Rabbit  1926 A. A. Milne Winnie-the- Pooh
  • 14. 20th century (1921-1940)  1930 Carolyn Keene Nancy Drew Mystery Stories (Original series published between 1930-2003) Carolyn Keene is a pseudonym for the various ghostwriters used to create the series.  1932 Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House in the Big Woods  1933 Marjorie Flack The Story about Ping
  • 15. 20th century (1921-1940)  1936 Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson The Story of Ferdinand  1937 J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit  1939 Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline  1939 Robert L. May Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • 16. 20th century (1941-1950)  1941 H.A. Rey Curious George  1942 Margaret Wise Brown Runaway Bunny  1947 Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Moon  1950 C. S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the first of the seven Narnia chronicles (1950-56)
  • 17. 20th century (1951-1960)  1951 J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye  1952 Anne Frank Diary of a Young Girl  1952 E. B. White Charlotte's Web  1955 Beverly Cleary Beezus and Ramona (the Ramona Quimby series continued until the final installment, Ramona’s World was published in 1999)
  • 18. 20th century (1951-1960)  1955 Kay Thompson Eloise  1957 Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat  1960 Scott O’Dell Island of the Blue Dolphins  1960 P.D. Eastman Are You My Mother?
  • 19. 20th century (1961-1970)  1961 Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach  1961 P.D. Eastman Go Dog Go  1963 Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time  1963 Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are  1964 Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree  1964 Ronald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • 20. 20th century (1961-1970)  1967 Bill Martin Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  1967 S.E. Hinton The Outsiders  1968 Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar  1968 Don Freeman Corduroy  1970 Judy Blume Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret
  • 21. 20th century (1971-1980)  1972 Judith Viorst Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  1974 Shel Silverstein Where the Sidewalk Ends  1975 Natalie Babbitt Tuck Everlasting  1977 Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia  1978 Judi Barrett Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  • 22. 20th century (1981-1990)  1981 Chris Van Allsburg Jumanji  1981 Shel Silverstein A Light in the Attic  1983 Francine Pascal Sweet Valley High series  1985 Chris Van Allsburg The Polar Express  1985 Laura Numeroff If You Give A Mouse A Cookie  1986 Graeme Base Animalia  1986 Robert Munsch Love You Forever  1989 Jon Scieszka The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • 23. 20th century (1981-1990)
  • 24. 20th century (1991-1999)  1992 Jon Scieszka The Stinky Cheese Man  1992 Marc Pfister The Rainbow Fish  1993 Janell Cannon Stellaluna  1993 Lois Lowry's The Giver  1994 Sam McBratney Guess How Much I Love You  1995-2000 Philip Pullman His Dark Materials trilogy  1997 J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (U.S. title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)
  • 25. 21st century (2000-2013)  2000 Ian Falconer Olivia  2000 Doreen Cronin Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type  2003 Kate DiCamillo The Tale of Desperaux  2005 Stephenie Meyer Twilight  2005 Rick Riordan The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)  2005 Jane O’Connor Fancy Nancy  2007 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • 26. 21st century (2000-2013)  2008 Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games  2009 Grace Lin Where the Mountain Meets the Moon  2010 Clare Vanderpool Moon Over Manifest  2011 Jack Gantos Dead End in Norvelt  2012 K.A. Applegate The One and Only Ivan  2013 Susan Cooper Ghost Hawk
  • 27. References  American Library Association. (2013). Newberry medal and honor books, 1922 to present. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newb eryhonors/newberymedal  Children's Book Guide. (2013). Top 100 children's books of all time. Retrieved from http://childrensbooksguide.com/top-100  The norton anthology of children's literature timeline index. (2005). Retrieved from http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nacl/index.html  Note: My most important references cannot be named individually. They are all the teachers I had through the years who took the time to either read the majority of these books to me in class or to provide me with class time to read them myself. Thank you! Please READ to your children and to your students. It makes a difference 
  • 28. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! "Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943 "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass