A History of Children's Reading and Literature

A History of Children's Reading and Literature

The Commonwealth and International Library: Library and Technical Information Division

1st Edition - January 1, 1963

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  • Author: Alec Ellis
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138145

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A History of Children's Reading and Literature presents the pattern of educational activity in relation to the methods undertaken in the schools, and the extent to which books are used in the advancement of literacy. This book describes the factors that are contributory or detrimental to the growth of literacy, including educational provision, the availability of school and public libraries, the use of books in schools, and the parallel evolution of recreational literature of all kinds. Organized into 22 chapters, this book starts with an overview of the educational activity during the years of economic depression wherein economic factors resulted in a national state of social unrest that both State and Church came to recognize could be controlled only by the extension of education. This text then describes the successive educational legislation and other factors that contributed to the advancement of public libraries in the last three decades of the 19th century. This book is a valuable resource for teachers, parents, and students.

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    1. Light in the Darkness 1740-1830

    2. The Dawn of Literacy 1830-1850

    3. Reading for Pleasure 1830-1860

    4. School Libraries 1830-1850

    5. The Stagnant Years in Education 1850-1870

    6. Books in Schools 1850-1870

    7. School and Public Libraries 1850-1870

    8. The Golden Years of Children's Literature Part 1 1860-1890

    9. Elementary Education for All 1870-1902

    10. School Books and Literacy 1870-1902

    11. School Libraries 1870-1902

    12. Public Libraries for Children 1870-1902

    13. The Golden Years of Children's Literature Part 2 1890-1920

    14. Educational Progress and Practice 1902-1918

    15. Libraries for Children 1902-1919

    16. Years of Decision in Education 1918-1945

    17. Mediocrity and Escapism in Children's Literature 1920-1945

    18. Libraries for Children 1919-1945

    19. Secondary Education for All 1945-1965

    20. A Second Golden Age in Children's Literature 1945-1965

    21. Libraries for Children 1945-1965

    22. Literacy for All

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  • No. of pages: 248
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2013
  • Published: January 1, 1963
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138145

About the Author

Alec Ellis

About the Editor

G. Chandler

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Canberra, Australia

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