The Evolution of Children’s Books

From the 19th-century cautionary tales through the rise of home-grown picture books and stories, children’s publishing has an intriguing history; does it mirror the times or sometimes anticipate the future?

Is it safe and predictable or sometimes dangerous and subversive?

Sarah Mayor Cox talks to children’s literature historian Robert Holden, author Belinda Murrell and writer-illustrator Anna Ciddor about milestones in Australian children’s publishing, and where we’re at today.