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Traditional stories like fairy tales, which were only recognised as children’s literature in the eighteenth century, and songs, which were part of a larger oral tradition that adults shared with children before publication existed, can be connected to children’s literature. It’s difficult to trace the evolution of early children’s literature before the invention of printing. Many great “children’s” tales were originally written for adults and then modified for a younger audience as printing became prevalent. Since the fifteenth century, a great deal of writing has been written with children in mind, frequently with a moral or religious message. Religious perspectives, such as Puritan traditions, have influenced children’s literature, as have more philosophical and scientific viewpoints, such as those influenced by Charles Darwin and John Locke.
Children’s literature does not have a universally accepted definition. It can be broadly defined as a collection of written works and accompanying illustrations created to entertain or educate children. Fairy tales, lullabies, fables, folk songs, and other predominantly orally transmitted materials, or more explicitly described as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or drama designed for and used by children and young people, are all included in this category.
An expert on children’s literature describes it as “all books published for children, omitting works such as comic books, joke books, cartoon books, and non-fiction works such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and other reference materials that are not intended to be read from front to back.”  Others, however, think that comic books should be included as well: “Despite the importance of comics as a global phenomenon linked with children, children’s literature studies has usually covered comics patchily and superficially.”