“Books are the major means of transmitting our literary heritage from one generation to the next” (Norton, 2010).
Throughout the ages stories have been told to children to share knowledge and wisdom. When the printing press came into common use and books could be mass produced in the 1500s the general public was educated in ways telling stories could not.
In 1744, John Newbery published A Little Pretty Pocket-Book. The volume is considered the first book intended for children’s pleasure reading.
By the 1800s the paper and printing industry became commonplace. Printed books with pictures to capture a child’s imagination and spur on the story were incredibly popular and the children’s book industry exploded.
Now here we are in the 2020’s with a plethora of ways to read a book. Print, yes of course, electronic books held in the computer, no paper to be found or used, and audio books, nothing to read, simply listen. Books in any form for children are critically important regardless of the content: story books, rhyming books, picture books, and of course text books.
Opening the world to a child through books of any type is critical to the education of children of all ages.
In Kid’s Paperback Books many authors and their work are featured providing adults and those who are parents and teachers a resource to find authors and content suitable for the children in their lives.
Written by Penelope Randall