From the University of California Los Angeles comes this collection of over 1,800 children's books from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. As noted in the introduction to this collection, the mid-eighteenth century was marked by new views about childhood and education: for the first time, many educators appealed for greater consideration of children's distinctive needs when the notion of pleasure in learning was becoming more widely accepted. This collection is perhaps best browsed by year - doing so offers a glimpse into how English-language children's literature has evolved over the course of time. Some of the earliest books in this collection, such as The Young Lady's Parental Monitor (1792) and A token for children: being an exact account of the conversion, holy and exemplary lives and joyful deaths, of several young children (1795), are intended to be instructional in nature, centering on themes of religion and morality. Meanwhile, nineteenth-century titles feature fairy tales, poetry, and the earliest picture books. Visitors can also browse this fascinating collection by topics and subjects such as animals, nursery rhymes, and obedience.
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