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Historical Children's Literature

About This Timeline

This timeline shows when texts significant to children's literature were published and links to these texts in the UBC Library Catalogue where appropriate.‚Äč

17th and 18th Century

17th Century

1658         Comenius, Johann. Orbis Sensualium Pictus.

1671         Janeway, James. A Token for Children.

1678         Bunyan, John. Pilgrim's Progress.

1686         Bunyan, John. A Book For Boys and Girls, or Country Rhymes for Children.

1690         Locke, John. Some Thoughts Concerning Education.

1697         Perrault, Charles. Histoires ou Contes du Temps Passe.

18th Century

1707         d'Aulnoy, Countess. Diverting Works.

1715         Watts, Isaac. Divine Songs.

1719         Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe.

1726         Swift, Jonathon. Gulliver's Travels.

1744         Newbery, John. A Little Pretty Pocket Book.

1749         Fielding, Sarah. The Governess, or, The Little Female Academy.

1762         Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Emile.

1766         Goldsmith, Oliver. Little Goody Two Shoes

1778         Barbauld, Anna Laetitia. Lessons for Children.

1779         de Genlis, Countess. Theatre of Education.

1781         Barbauld, Anna Laetitia. Hymns in Prose for Children.

1782-83   Berquin, Arnaud. Ami des Enfants.

1783-89   Day, Thomas. Sandford and Merton.

1786         Trimmer, Mrs. Fabulous Histories

1787         Berquin, Arnaud. The Looking-Glass for the Mind, or, Intellectual Mirror.

1788         Day, Thomas. The History of Little Jack.

1792-96   Aiken, John. Evenings at home; or, The juvenile budget opened.

1795         Edgeworth, Mrs. Maria. The Parent's Assistant.

19th Century

1812-3      Wyss, Johann Rudolf. The Swiss Family Robinson

1816         E.T.A. Hoffman. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

1819         Scott, Walter. Ivanhoe

1819         Irving, Washington. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

                 Irving, Washington. Rip Van Winkle

1823         Grimm, Jacob. Grimm's Fairy Tales. Translated into English

1827         Peter Parley (pseudonym). The Tales of Peter Parley about America.  

1838         Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist

1843         Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol

1844         Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers

1846         Andersen, Hans Christian. Fairy Tales

1851         Ruskin, John. The King of the Golden River.

1851         Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Tanglewood Tales.

1855         Kingsley, Charles. Westward Ho!

                  Molesworth, Mrs. The Carved Lions.

                  Thackeray, W.M. The Rose and the Ring.

1856         Ballantyne, R.M. Snowflakes and Sunbeams; or, The Young Fur-traders.                  

                  Yonge, Charlotte. The Daisy Chain.

1857         Hughes, Thomas. Tom Brown's Schooldays.

                 Ballantyne, R.M. The Coral Island

1858         Farrar, Frederick. Eric, or, Little By Little.

1860         Good Words (-1906)

1862         Rossetti, Christina. Goblin Market.

1863         Kingsley, Charles. The Water Babies.

1864         Verne, Jules. A Journey to the Center of the Earth

1865         Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

1866         Boys of England (-1906)

                  Chatterbox (-1946)

                  Aunt Judy's Magazine

1867         Stretton, Hesba. Jessica's First Prayer.

1868         Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women.

                  Alger, Horatio Jr. Ragged Dick.

1869         Ingelow, Jean. Mopsa the Fairy.

1870         Ewing, Juliana Horatia. The Brownies and Other Tales.

                  Greenaway, Kate. Under the Window.

1871         Carroll, Lewis. Through the Looking Glass.

                  Coolidge, Susan. What Katy Did.

                  Henty, G.A. Out on the Pampas; or The Young Settlers.

                  MacDonald, George. At the Back of the North Wind.

1872         MacDonald, George. The Princess and the Goblin.

1873         Dodge, Mary Mapes, ed. St. Nicholas.

                  Verne, Jules. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

1876         Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

1877         Molesworth, Mrs. The Cuckoo Clock.

                 Sewell, Anne. Black Beauty

1879         Boy's Own Paper (-1967)

1880         Girl's Own Paper (-1908)

                  Harris, Joel Chandler. Uncle Remus.

                  Spyri, Johanna. Heidi.

1882          One Thousand and One Nights. Translated into English

1883         Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.

                 Pyle, Howard. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

1884         Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1885         Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses.

                  Burnett, Frances Hodgeson. Little Lord Fauntleroy.

                  Haggard, H. Rider. King Solomon's Mines.

1886         Stevenson, Robert Louis. Kidnapped

1888         Pyle, Howard. Otto of the Silver Hand.

                  Wilde, Oscar. The Happy Prince.

1889         Lang, Andrew, ed. The Blue Fairy Book.

1890         Jacobs, Joseph. English Fairy Tales.

1892         Collodi, Carlo. The Adventures of Pinocchio.

1893         Saunders, Marshall. Beautiful Joe.

1894         Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book.

1895         Grahame, Kenneth. The Golden Age.

1898         Falkner, J. Meade. Moonfleet.

1899         Bannerman, Helen. The Story of Little Black Sambo.

                  Grahame, Kenneth. Dream Days.

                  Kipling, Rudyard. Stalky and Co.

                  Nesbit, E. The Story of the Treasure Seekers.

Early 20th Century

1900         Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz.

1902         De la Mare, Walter. Songs of Childhood.

                  Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories.

                  Nesbit, E. Five Children and It.

                  Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

1903         Brooke, L. Leslie. Johnny Crow's Garden.

                  Wiggin, Kate Douglas. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

                 Pyle, Howard. King Arthur and His Knights

                 London, Jack. Call of the Wild

1904         Hope, Laura Lee. The Bobbsey Twins.

1905         Burnett, Frances Hodgson. A Little Princess.

1906         Kipling, Rudyard. Puck of Pook's Hill.

                 Nesbit, E. The Railway Children

                 London, Jack. White Fang.

1907         Lagerlof, Selma. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils.

1908         Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

                  Montgomery, L.M. Anne of Green Gables.

1909         Stratton-Porter, Gene. A Girl of the Limberlost.

1910         De La Mare, Walter. The Three Mulla-Mulgars.

                  Kipling, Rudyard. Rewards and Fairies.

1911         Barrie, J.M. Peter and Wendy.

                  Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden.

                  Masefield, John. Jim Davis.

1912         Webster, Jean. Daddy Long Legs.

1913         Porter, Eleanor H. Pollyana.

                  Rackham, Arthur. Mother Goose.

1916         Dulac, Edmund. Fairy-Book.

                  Farjeon, Eleanor. Nursery Rhymes of London Town.

                  Ransome, Arthur. Old Peter's Russian Tales.

1918         Lindsay, Norman. The Magic Pudding.

                 Gruelle, Johnny. Raggedy Ann

1919         Ashford, Daisy. The Young Visitors.

1920         Lofting, Hugh. The Story of Dr. Dolittle.

1922         Bianco, Margery Williams. The Velveteen Rabbit.

                  Crompton, Richmal. Just-William.

                  Sandberg, Carl. The Rootabaga Stories.

1923         Hawes, Charles Boardman. The Dark Frigate

1924         Milne, A.A. When We Were Very Young.

1926         Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh.

1927         Dixon, Franklin W. The Tower Treasure.

                  Masefield, John. The Midnight Folk.

                  Milne, A.A. Now We Are Six.

1928         Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats.

                  Milne, A.A. The House at Pooh Corner.

                  Nicholson, William. Clever Bill.

                  Salten, Felix. Bambi.

1930         Kastner, Eric. Emil and the Detectives.

                  Keene, Carolyn. The Hidden Staircase.

                  Ransome, Arthur. Swallows and Amazons.

1931        de Brunhoff, Jean. The Story of Babar.

1932         Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House in the Big Woods.

1933         Flack, Marjorie. The Story About Ping.

1934         Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins.

                  Trease, Geoffrey. Bows Against the Barons.

1935         Bagnold, Enid. National Velvet.

                  Brink, Carol Rylie. Caddie Woodlawn.

                  Masefield, John. The Box of Delights.

                  Seredy, Kate. The Good Master.

1936         Ardizzone, Edward. Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain.

                  Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand.

                  Sawyer, Ruth. Roller Skates.

1937         Farjeon, Eleanor. Martin Pippin in the Daisy-Field.

                  Garnett, Eve. The Family from One-End Street.

                  Seuss, Dr. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

                  Streatfield, Noel. Ballet Shoes.

                  Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again.

1938         Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper's Penguins.

                  Enright, Elizabeth. Thimble Summer.

                  Grahame, Kenneth. The Reluctant Dragon.

                  Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling.

                  White, T.H. The Sword in the Stone.

                  Williams, Ursula Moray. The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse.

1939         Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline.

                  Eliot, T.S. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

                  Gramatky, Hardy. Little Toot.

                  Uttley, Alison. Traveller in Time.