Very interesting article on the importance of children’s books, both past and present.
What I found particularly interesting was the fact some say we are in a ‘Golden age of children’s literature’. Interestingly this is not the first; the first being in 1850s, the second 1950s to 1970s. It is not surprising to find out that authors of the books which many now refer to as the classic novels were of the first era. The threads of those classic novels are evident in many of our most popular children’s books now.
I have just purchased a new set of ‘Children’s Classics’, including Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, The Secret Garden, Black Beauty because I do get children asking for the original books; having visited a snippet of the original text in a Literacy lesson. I am also delighted that many of these classics are available as graphic novels, making it easier for all children to access stories they may never have touched.
The question is will the novels in this current golden age stand the test of time and be referred to as classics when we reach the next golden age?