Children’s literature … For many years writers, critics, literary critics, readers are trying to find an answer to the question: What is its main mission? What is it different from an adult? How to write for children? Probably, these questions are from the category of so-called eternal ones, because each generation answers them in their own way. For a long time it was thought that a book for children should teach, pass on the experience of generations, bring up. Adults seemed to be over children, trying to convey their eternal truths and information about being. Subsequently, from the middle of the last century, the situation changed: the children in full voice declared that they were no worse than adults, and maybe better and more intelligent. In the eternal conflict of parents and children, children’s literature has become the last. This is evidenced by at least the characters Astrid Lindgren or Christina Nestlinger. And then adults already felt that their children did not understand.
But the children’s book is not only a means of upbringing, but its mission – not only to educate and entertain. This is a unique opportunity for communication between people. Transmitting not only knowledge but also the emotional charge of love, which is equally necessary for everyone at any age, turning both to the child and to the adult foreign child literature of the last two decades, as if erased the invisible faces between childhood and adulthood. This is evidenced by the books by Philip Pulman, David Amond, Jacqueline Wilson (England), Ulf Stark and Maria Gripe (Sweden), Jon Kahffer (Ireland) and Klaus Gaherupa (Norway), Cornelia Funke and Paul Maar (Germany), Utah Trajberg (Austria ) and Ann Brozheres (USA). With all the diversity of genres of modern children’s literature abroad, it is difficult to determine the age category to which these authors refer, because they are equally interesting both for children and adults. These books can best be defined in English – “for young adults” – “books for young adults”, “books for those who grow older”. This is what we propose to call the exhibition of works of contemporary foreign literature for children, where you can present works by Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Jon Kahffer, Cornelia Funke, Maria Gripe, Ulf Stark (Appendix 1, other titles “Up to sixteen years …”, “Writing today for you … “,” Harry Potter Contemporaries “). We believe that such an exhibition will be interesting for readers-students of grades 5-9, because it will present works of different genres for any reader’s taste. It would be good to leave a review book near the exhibition, where readers can share their impressions about a particular book or author, and recommend it to their peers.
If you ask anyone who can call a book from modern childish foreign literature, the answer is not difficult to predict: “Oh! “Harry Potter!”. Despite the polarity of thoughts (from adoration to a sharp rejection) caused by the hero of Joanna Rowing, we must admit that we must thank the little wizard, the idol of modern children. First, he once again attracted children’s attention, torn down to television, computer games and the Internet, to the book. Secondly, in the end, a hero appeared, who, despite all his witchcraft abilities, turned out to be close and understandable to his children with his feelings, fears, problems, helping them to better understand themselves and the world in which they live. And if for this genre of realism – hard-pressed, then why not call for help magic and witchcraft, successfully mixing the genres of fantasy and social satire, detective and psychological prose, fascinating from the first to the last page plot and serious philosophical reflections on eternal values and problems of being .