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Children's literature or juvenile literature includes stories, books, magazines, and poems that are enjoyed by children. Modern children's literature is classified in two different ways: genre or the intended age of the reader.

Children's literature can be traced to stories and songs, part of a wider oral tradition, that adults shared with children before publishing existed. The development of early children's literature, before printing was invented, is difficult to trace. Even after printing became widespread, many classic "children's" tales were originally created for adults and later adapted for a younger audience. Since the 15th century, a large quantity of literature, often with a moral or religious message, has been aimed specifically at children. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries became known as the "Golden Age of Children's Literature" as this period included the publication of many books acknowledged today as classics. via Wikipedia.com
  • This articles Contents include:
  • 1Introduction
  • 2History
  • 2.1Early-modern Europe
  • 2.2Origins of the modern genre
  • 2.3Golden age
  • 3National traditions
  • 3.1China
  • 3.2United Kingdom
  • 3.2.1Adventure fiction for children
  • 3.2.2Magazines and comics
  • 3.3United States
  • 3.4Continental Europe
  • 3.5Russia and the Soviet Union
  • 3.6Brazil
  • 3.7India
  • 3.8Iran
  • 3.9Nigeria
  • 4Classification
  • 4.1By genre
  • 4.2By age category
  • 5Illustration
  • 6Scholarship
  • 7Literary criticism
  • 7.1Stereotypes, racism and cultural bias
  • 7.2The Empire, imperialism and colonialism
  • 7.3Gender roles and representation of women
  • 7.4Debate over controversial content
  • 7.5Effect on early childhood development
  • 8Awards
  • 9See also
  • 10References
  • 11Further reading
  • 12External links
  • 12.1Digital libraries
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