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Children’s literature is the subset of literature designed for and loved by children. For the purposes of this entry, children’s literature will be used to refer to literature for early childhood: an audience of children from birth to third grade and the adults who care for them. Children’s literature includes picture books and picture storybooks; board books and wordless books; alphabet, counting, and other concept books (e.g., opposites, colors, animal sounds); nonfiction and information books; folk and fairy tales; movable, pop-up, and toy books; and poetry and song books. Children’s literature is crucial to young children’s development from their early oral language encouraged by nursery rhymes and songs; to their pre-reading skills as they are read to and play with books; to their eventual ...

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