LIT 4334: The Golden Age of Children's Literature

Development of Children’s Literature

on January 17, 2013 12:51pm

Children literature is very interesting for many different reasons. First it is interesting because it seems to be the only type of literature that is written by a author that doesn’t directly relate to its audience; many children authors are older so they might have different experiences then their audience. Even though children literature is meant for the pleasure of children it is highly censored by adults. Adult authors write the stories, so most of the times the stories include things that adults believe children should know. Children readers want to experience something that is outside of the norm like people who can fly and talking animals. However adults, want children literature to have a story line that will teach the readers a lesson. For example, many adults don’t like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it is full of fun but doesn’t have any moral lessons in it. So today we often seen stories that are funny and enjoyable by children but also praised by adults because of the moral lessons that it contains.


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