Children's Literature Timeline

By emercy
  • John Newbery Bookstore

    He published and sold books for children.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    By Lewis Carroll
  • Songs of Childhood

    Songs of Childhood
    By Walter de la Mare
  • Just So Stories

    Just So Stories
    By Rudyard Kipling
  • Five Children and It

    Five Children and It
    By E. Nesbit
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit

    The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    By Beatrix Potter
  • First Child Labor Laws

    First Child Labor Laws
    Law stated that children were free to go to school
  • The Wind in the Willows

    The Wind in the Willows
    By Kenneth Grahame
  • Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables
    by L. M. Montgomery
  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan
    By James M. Barrie
  • First Development of Modern Picture Books

    Lasted until the 1960's
  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    The Velveteen Rabbit
    By Margery Williams
  • John Newbery Award

    John Newbery Award
    Established by the American Library Association
  • Two Women Become Editors

    Helen Dean Fish and May Massee became the first children's books editors
  • When We Were Very Young

    When We Were Very Young
    By A. A. Milne
  • The Horn Book Magazine Published

    Published by the Bookshop for Boys and Girls in Boston
  • The Story of Babar

    The Story of Babar
    By Jean de Brunhoff
  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins
    By P. L. Travers
  • May Massee

    She moved to open a children's book department in Viking
  • Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain

    Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain
    By Edward Ardizzone
  • The Yearling

    The Yearling
    By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • Randolph Caldecott Award

    Randolph Caldecott Award
    Established by the American Library Association
  • Madeline

    Madeline
    By Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

    Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
    By T. S. Eliot
  • Betsy-Tacy

    Betsy-Tacy
    By Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Lassie Come-Home

    Lassie Come-Home
    By Eric Knight
  • Make Way for Ducklings

    Make Way for Ducklings
    By Robert McCloskey
  • Curious George

    Curious George
    By H. A. Rey
  • Johnny Tremain

    Johnny Tremain
    By Esther Forbes
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
    By C. S. Lewis
  • The Borrowers

    The Borrowers
    By Mary Norton
  • Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web
    By E. B. White
  • The Children of Green Knowe

    The Children of Green Knowe
    By Lucy M. Boston
  • The Eagle of the Ninth

    The Eagle of the Ninth
    By Rosemary Sutcliff
  • The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Fellowship of the Ring
    By J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Tom's Midnight Garden

    Tom's Midnight Garden
    By Philippa Pearce
  • The Snowy Day

    The Snowy Day
    By Ezra Jack Keats
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time
    By Madeleine L'Engle
  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are
    By Maurice Sendak
  • The Book of Three

    The Book of Three
    By Lloyd Alexander
  • Harriet the Spy

    Harriet the Spy
    By Louise Fitzhugh
  • Zeely

    Zeely
    By Virginia Hamilton
  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders
    By S. E. Hinton
  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    A Wizard of Earthsea
    By Ursula Le Guin
  • The Pigman

    The Pigman
    By Paul Zindel
  • The Planet of Junior Brown

    The Planet of Junior Brown
    By Virginia Hamilton
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    By Robert C. O'Brien
  • The Chocolate War

    The Chocolate War
    By Robert Cormier
  • Children's Book Press

    Established by Harriet Rohmer, devoted to the publication of bilingual picturebooks
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    By Mildred Taylor
  • Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia
    By Katherine Paterson
  • Gorilla

    Gorilla
    By Anthony Browne
  • Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

    Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
    By Paul Fleischman
  • OrbisPictus Award

    OrbisPictus Award
    Administered by the National Council of Teachers of English
  • The Giver

    The Giver
    By Lois Lowry
  • Out of the Dust

    Out of the Dust
    By Karen Hesse
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    By J. K. Rowling
  • Holes

    Holes
    By Louis Sachar
  • Monster

    Monster
    By Walter Dean Myers
  • Discovery of 1999

    Less than 3 percent of books published each year were by or about people of color
  • The Amber Spyglass

    The Amber Spyglass
    By Philip Pullman
  • The Arrival

    The Arrival
    By Shaun Tan
  • Michael L. Printz Award

    Michael L. Printz Award
    Adolescent literature award is administered by the American Library Association
  • Early 2000's Discovery

    Early 2000's Discovery
    Less than 1 percent of books were related to the LGBTQ community :(
  • Carver: A Life in Poems

    Carver: A Life in Poems
    By Marilyn Nelson
  • The Three Pigs

    The Three Pigs
    By David Wiesner
  • Robert F. Sibert Award

    Robert F. Sibert Award
    An award for outstanding informational books was administered by the American Library Association
  • The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

    The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
    By Kate DiCamillo
  • The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

    The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
    By Russell Freedman
  • Criss Cross

    Criss Cross
    By Lynne Rae Perkins
  • Show Way

    Show Way
    By Jacqueline Woodson
  • American Born Chinese

    American Born Chinese
    By Gene Luen Yang
  • The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    By Markus Zusak
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    By Sherman Alexie
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    By Brian Selznick
  • The Underneath

    The Underneath
    By Kathi Appelt
  • WabiSabi

    WabiSabi
    By Mark Reibstein
  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games
    By Suzanne Collins
  • When You Reach Me

    When You Reach Me
    By Rebecca Stead
  • Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot

    Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
    By Sy Montgomery
  • Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same

    Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same
    By Grace Lin
  • Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night

    Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night
    By Joyce Sidman
  • Press Here

    Press Here
    By Herve Tullet
  • Hearth and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

    Hearth and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
    By Kadir Nelson