A Possible Children’s Illustrated Books Timeline

18th  and 19th  Century Children Picture Books That Made History 
Compilation, research and translation by Estela Agudelo

A Little Pretty Pocket-Book is a small pocket-book published in 1744. His illustrations and simple rhymes inspired by each of the letters of the alphabet achieved in England such recognition, that the Newbery Medal took the name of his British publisher John Newbery. This award is presented annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Songs of Innocence and Experince is a collection of poems written by the great English writer William Blake. This work appeared in two phases. Some early copies of Songs of Innocence were illustrated by Blake himself in 1789. The second phase was published five years later, in 1794, to the same poems Blake added a set of new poems in a volume entitled Songs of Innocence and of Experience it shows the two Contrary States of the Human Soul.

BLAKE William. Songs of Innocence and Experience.

The Diverting History of John Gilpin is a comic ballad written by William Cowper, who heard the story from Lady Anna Austen at a time of severe depression, and it cheered him up so much that he put it into verse. The poem was published anonymously in 1782 and 1785; these stories were popular because pirated copies were sold across the country, along with books and Gilpin toys. The poem was published again in 1878, and illustrated by Randolph Caldecott and printed by Edmund Evans.

Illustrations for John Gilpin.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood is a novel written by American author and illustrator Howard Pyle, published in 1883. The novel reflects and adapts traditional material for children, achieving a coherent narrative in a colorful “invented Old English." This work is memorable for taking the issue of Robin Hood, which became increasingly popular during the nineteenth century: Pyle’s version gave a new direction that influenced later writers, artists and filmmakers through the next century.

Cover, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.
Author and Illustrator Howard Pyle.

Illustrations for  The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a fable or legend originally documented by the Brothers Grimm . This story tells a mysterious misfortune occurred in the town of Hamelin in Germany on June 26, 1284. In 1888 was published the beautiful and famous version written by Robert Browning and illustrated by Kate Greenaway. The original edition of this version was designed in wood-block engravings and published by Edward Evans Limited. 

Cover of  The Pied Piper Of Hamelin.

Illustrations for The Pied Pipee Of Hamelin by Kate Greenaway.

Nursery Rhyme Book is a famous story book published in 1897. It was written by British author Andrew Lang and illustrated by British artist Leonard Leslie Brooke. The illustrations in this book were what gave Brooke his great reputation as children's books illustrator.

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Illustrations for Nursery Rhyme book by Leonard Leslie Brooke.

The Story of Little Black Sambo is a children's book written and illustrated by Scottish author Helen Bannerman. The story was first published as part of a series of small-format books called The Dumpy Books for Children in 1899. The original illustrations by Bannerman showed a cartoon or a southern Indian Tamil child. It is said that the story may have contributed to the use of the word "sambo" as a racial slur, for that reason after 1932 and after several editions illustrated by various artists, the book disappeared from the list of recommended books for children. Although the book has a controversial history, in 1942 Saalfield Publishing Company released a version of Little Black Sambo illustrated by Ethel Hays. During the mid 20th century, however, some American editions of the story, including an audio version of Peter Pan Records in 1950, changed the title to race neutral Brave Little Sambo. The book was first published in Japan by publisher Iwanami Shoten in 1953, there was also controversial, for both Racism as piracy. In Japan, it sold over a million copies before it was pulled from the shelves in 1988. But since August of 2011 an equally controversial "parallel story" to Little Black Sambo entitled Ufumufu is being sold and marketed in Japan.

The Story Of Little Black Sambo. original version by Helen Bannerman.

The Little Black Sambo. Other Versions.

Japanese mechandising for  UFUMUFU 2011-2012. 



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