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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-08-22. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-06-01.

I designate as proto-juvenile items that illustrate the transition from popular literature for a varied audience to children's literature proper. The items included here will be mostly prose chapbooks that I feel are slightly too late (c. 1800 or later) for the section on early prose and which seem likely to have been aimed at a juvenile audience.

It is a reasonable assumption that many copies of Robin Hood's Garland were purchased for (or by) young readers, yet these belong more naturally in the section on ballads.