Children's Literature A Reader's History by Seth Lerer.

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Children's Literature Lerer
 
Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter

Children's Literature A Reader's History by Seth Lerer. University of Chicago Press (2008); trade paperback; 385 pp, including 38 pp notes and index.

“Lerer’s Olympian survey of more than 2,000 years leaves the reader with a stimulating vision of history. . . . His narrative swells and ebbs like a symphony. . . . To find Pilgrim''s Progress and Weetzie Bat in a single volume is itself a pleasure.”—Michael Sims, Washington Post Book World

A wonderful book which I only discovered while assembling these website pages. Scholarly, yet a good read, too. Not finished yet, more later.

Amazon note: The 9.99 version is the Kindle one.