The Children's Hour

The Children's Hour

Three Centuries of Children's Books and Texts from the Collections of the Newport Historical Society

Throughout world history, children have been enthralled by stories which appeal to their sense of imagination and amusement. Early folktales and stories, ranging from Aesop’s fables to fairy tales, have offered opportunities to both entertain and educate. The 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries marked significant changes in social and economic life in North America. As perceptions of childhood and education evolved, so did the appearance and nature of books specifically written for children. The printed works in this exhibit, although by no means comprehensive, can be viewed as small glimpses into a child’s world in the last three hundred years.