Most people know the wonderful feeling of having a book read to them by their parents as a child – reading is something most children love.
Children’s books have a great impact on children, as it’s the task of the books to inform and entertain children. As a child, you take a lot with you from the children’s literature, whether it’s the protagonist’s behavior or the book’s messages.
The children’s literature has changed over the years, but it has always wanted to instruct children in morality, religion, social codes, or other beliefs and ideas.
Before the 17th century, childhood was by no means as we know it today: children dressed as adults and were entertained by what the adults were interested in.
From the beginning of children’s literature to the 20th century, children’s literature was instructional (didactic) and not nearly as entertaining as today – topics such as manners and children’s duties were dealt with in children’s books.
From the middle of the 18th century until its end, literature became more entertaining in the forms of images, fairy tales, and poetry.