(were more for elitist groups)
Les Contenances de la Table
(1487) – 1
printed children’s book.
how children act when they’re eating.
by John Comemius (1657) – 1
Designed to teach children Latin through pictures.
Unique Styles of Early Books
It’s a wooden paddle with alphabet, vowels, Lord’s Prayer, etc
On parchment paper which was covered with a transparent material made of horn
Design to teach phonics, religion, etc
First board books
Kind of made of cardboard and folds out to read
Condensed, abridged classics
Tiny books, portable and inexpensive
Peddlers carry it with them and sell it for a penny
Ex. Mother Hubbard
The Life and Death of Jenny Wren
and condensed version of Robinson Crusoe
Books for adults that kids like
(b/c it’s adventurous and had a lot of fantasy!)
– story of man (like Odysseus) named Christian who goes on a journey, struggles,
faces hobgoblins, dragons, etc.
– adventure story filled with action, peril, and a hero
– travels to lands of giants and puritans and little ppl; he pokes fun at English society
The Puritan Influence
(was very strong in New England and the New World)
Extensive influence on country and shaping it
Live simply and work hard
Wanted kids to read so they can read the bible
Milk for Babes
– first book published for children in the New World; partly prayer and school book
The Puritan Primer -
a small book with the alphabet, Bible teachings, prayers, etc.
The New England Primer
– alphabet, prayers, bible teachings, vowels; still a small book ??
Books published by
(had multiple talent!)
Before he was an English publisher, dispense medications
Saw the child as a consumer… therefore, can make books for them
Known as “The Father of Children Literature”
Now there is the “Newbury Award”
Little Pretty Pocketbook
– intended for Tommy and Polly
The Renown History of Little Goody Two Shoes Otherwise Called Mrs. Margery Two Shoes
– about girl
who loses/doesn’t have shoes and someone gives her new shoes so now she goes around telling everyone she
has two shoes and gets the name “goody two shoes.”
Similar to My Fairy Lady- where a poor girls rises above
poverty and goes on to teach others
Later Puritan Writings
The History of Sanford and Merton
– about 2 brothers who were envious of each other… Tom Merton (from a
rich family) and Harry Sanford (son of a hardworking father).
Everything Harry does is perfect, while everything
Tom does is wrong. They learn to be appreciative of each other
Elsie Dinsmore Series
(26 volumes of this!) about Elsie, a pious heroine who is very timid, screams at the
drop of a hat.