children's books for grown ups

Image: Kindergarten students read before class starts at Walker-Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C. (Elissa Nadworny/NPR)

It might seem totally obvious: Children should read fun, fantastical books so they can learn to love to read. But it turns out that this particular view of children’s books is relatively new.

NPR’s education team looks at the history of children’s books in the classroom, from John Locke’s ideas about realistic stories, to The Hunger Games.

Through The Looking Glass: How Children’s Books Have Grown Up