The children’s books Europeans in Asia grew up reading, from Chinese adventures to fondly remembered Kenyan tales

Popular, well-illustrated children’s books are a bonanza for successful authors; the best seldom date. But what was considered appropriate reading for children a century ago, and how did local circumstances create a readership for Asia-related themes or settings among European children born and raised in East Asia?The best children’s authors recognise that young people need relatable context to encourage them to read in the first place; rural Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, or Southeast…

The children’s books Europeans in Asia grew up reading, from Chinese adventures to fondly remembered Kenyan tales
Popular, well-illustrated children’s books are a bonanza for successful authors; the best seldom date. But what was considered appropriate reading for children a century ago, and how did local circumstances create a readership for Asia-related themes or settings among European children born and raised in East Asia?The best children’s authors recognise that young people need relatable context to encourage them to read in the first place; rural Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, or Southeast…