To stimulate the imagination, broaden vocabulary, recognize images and associate them to word forms are some of the aims of children’s books. Education and formation of society is inevitably linked to child reading which in the last century has boosted with an extensive publishing production.
In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance the only children’s books available were spelling books and those related to fables in which animals were the main characters and played a moralizing role. In the 17th century fantasy books on fairies and legends passed on from one generation to the other began to be published. The first writer of modern tales was French born Charles Perrault who in 1967 published a collection of stories with titles such as Puss in Boots and Thumbling. Gradually there was a boom in children’s books and adventure stories set in imaginary and unknown worlds become very popular.
In the 19th century there were many writers devoted mainly to children’s literature such as the Grimm brothers and Christian Andersen in Europe. In Spain Saturnino Calleja stands out with his many works. It is not until the 20th century when children’s literature flourishes with the inclusion of happy colourful pictures to illustrate the stories.
Title: Europa 2010 Children’s Books
Date of Issue: 6 May 2010
Denominations: 0,64 €