Children’s literature includes books, magazines, stories and poems that children enjoy. It can be traced to stories and songs which were part of the oral tradition that adults shared with their children before the advent of publication. The development of children’s literature is difficult to trace. However, from the 15th century AD, a large volume of literature, often with a religious or moral message, has been targeted specifically at children. Many of the children’s books acknowledged today as classics can trace their origins to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which become known as the Golden Age of children’s literature.
Children’s literature is intended to inform a child about the world. Children psychologists have spoken of the influence and importance childhood literature has on children. The subconscious mind of the child is impacted by the message behind the story helping to shape and guide their development. Early childhood viewing of an image in a picture book has been shown to leave a lasting and important impression on the child. Studies have indicated that a child’s most critical individual characteristics are developed in its first five years. Children’s environment and interaction with children’s books have a profound impact on their development.
10. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis
This is a collection of all the books of the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. It has become part of the canon of classic literature, attracting readers of all ages into the magical lands with memorable characters for over 60 years. Epic battles between the good and the evil, heroic deeds, betrayals, fantastic creatures and friendships won and lost are all brought together in this memorable world.
9. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy
This is a bright board book that will help your little one to learn some important first words and pictures. It has 100 color photographs to look at and talk about. It also has 100 first simple words to read and learn. The book’s pages are made from a tough and durable board that can withstand hours of fun reading. The cover is softly padded for your little one to hold.
8. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
This book is the fourth book of the best selling The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. In this book, at the conclusion of the Mark of Athena, Percy and Annabeth fall into a pit leading directly to the underworld. Putting aside their grief, the other demigods follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal face of the doors of death. Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades if they can fight their way past the Gaea’s forces. When that happens the seven will be able to close and seal the doors from both ends and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. However, Leo is worried, and wonders, with the doors closed and sealed, how will Annabeth and Percy be able to escape? But there is no choice. Should the demigods fail the Gaea’s armies will never die. And time is short, in about a month; the Romans will invade Camp Half Blood. With the stakes so high in this adventure that dives deep into the Tartarus, you will find yourself gripping your seat.
7. Wonder by R.J.Palacio
Wonder is number one Best seller on the New York Best Sellers List. It is the book that inspired the Choose Kind Movement. Over 3 million people have read this book, and fallen in love with August Pullman a 10 year old boy who likes Xbox and Star Wars. August Pullman is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. He is home schooled, and joins the public school for fifth grade. He is not the only one changed by the experience. August Pullman’s internal dialogue and interactions with family and students hold true. This is a rare gem of a book.
6. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
A 1994 Newbery Medal winner, The Giver, by Lois Lowry is now one of the most influential books ever published. It is a haunting story that centers on Jonas, a twelve year old boy who lives in an apparently ideal if colorless world of contentment and conformity. He only begins to understand the dark and complex secrets surrounding his fragile community when he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of memories. This is an intriguing and profoundly thoughtful story. This is a wonderful book written by a highly versatile and inventive writer.
5. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings
Harry Porter had never even heard of the Hogwarts Magic School when his admission letters started dropping on the doormat at number 4, Privet Drive where he lived with his maternal aunt and her family. The admission letters addressed in green ink on a yellowish sealed parchment were swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and her husband. However, on Harry’s 11th birthday, a great beetled eyed male giant called Rubeus Hagrid brought him very astonishing news. Harry Potter was a wizard, and he had been admitted to the famous Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft! Thus begins an incredible adventure! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has become one of the most popular books of the Harry Porter series. Whether you have read the series or not, you will like this audiobook because it brings Harry Potter’s world to life. The reader, Jim Dale, brings an excellent variety of voices to the characters. This is a marvelous, magical audiobook you will want to have.
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book is a number one best seller in the New York Times Bestseller list. It is also a major motion picture. Markus Zusak’s memorable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is set in 1939 Nazi German. Germany was holding its breath; death has become busy and was to become busier still. Liesel Meminger, a foster girl lives on the outskirts of Munich and scratches out a meager living for herself stealing. Then she comes across something she can’t resist; books! With the help of her accordion playing foster father, Liesel Meminger learns how to read. She shares her stolen books with a man hidden in her basement and her neighbors during the bombing raids.
3. The Hobbit Kindle Edition by J.R.R Tolkien
This book is a great modern classic and is the prelude to The Lord of The Rings which is now a great movie. In the book, Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who likes a comfortable and unambitious life. He rarely travels anywhere farther than his cellar or pantry. However, his little world is invaded one day by the wizard Gandal and a group of dwarfs who pay him a visit and carry him away on an adventure. The wizard and his friends have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard protected by Smaug the magnificent, a very large and extremely dangerous dragon. Reluctantly joining his friends on their quest, Bilbo is unaware that on his trip to the lonely mountain he will encounter both a frightening creature called Gollum and a magic ring. Hobbit is a glorious account of a wonderful adventure filled with suspense and wrapped in irresistible humor.
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
This is the first novel in Veronica’s number one New York Times best selling Divergent trilogy series. This is the book that inspired the major movie. Divergent trilogy is set in a futuristic Chicago has attracted a large following and captured the hearts of millions of adults and young adults. The Divergent trilogy is a gripping story of a dystopian world that is transformed by love, self sacrifice and courage If you are a fan of the motion picture, you will find the book just as packed with exhilarating action and emotional depth as the movie, all narrated in a rich and beautiful language.
1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
This is a best selling children’s book in the New York Times Bestseller list. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is one of the most thrilling and spellbinding children’s books series. Mockingjay is the latest book in the series. In this book, Katniss Everdeen, against all odds, has survived the Hunger Games twice. Though she has made it out of the bloody arena alive, her life is still in danger. The Capitol is angry and wants revenge. They want Katniss to pay for the unrest. To make matters worse, President Snow is not taking chances and has made it clear, no one is safe either. Nobody from District 12 is safe, not Katniss’s family or her friends. Mockingjay is a powerful and thrilling book from Suzanne Collins amazing The Hunger Games trilogy.
The modern children’s book has its beginnings in 18th century England. The influence of Lockean theories of childhood innocence and the growing gentle middle class combined to create the beginnings of childhood as a concept. John Newbery’s book “A Little Pretty Pocket Book” is widely considered to be first modern children’s book to be published. Modern children’s literature can be divided into many categories. The most common are according to the intended age of the reader or genre.