A Golden Age of Children's Books

Between the American Revolutionary and Civil Wars, many changes in communication came about in America and beyond. The publishing industry grew rapidly with improved printing practices and availability of paper enabling a wider distribution of books, magazines and newspapers. The 1800s, as a result, saw the variety, quality and quantity of printed materials for children changing dramatically. As more books and magazines intended for the entertainment and instruction of young people became avaialbe, the content broadened.

Throughout history, books have presented society’s values through the details of daily life. The manners, morals, family and social relationships of the times are revealed as children learn to read and appreciate the printed word.

In the late 1800s and into the early 1900s novels were developing and gaining popularity. Content was becoming more sentimental, more worldly and to many, more interesting.

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