Children’s Literature Research in Kenyan Universities: Where Are We Now?
The history of literature written and published specifically for Kenyan children began in the 1960’s with independence from the colonial rule. Pre- colonial literature for children was oral in nature, passed down by adults in the form of folktales, myths, songs, riddles and proverbs. During the colonial period, children’s reading was confined to textbooks and Western literature which promoted western culture and values. Political independence led to the development of an intellectual climate that firmly insisted that children’s literature should work out word from the home base of the African child so that they will not become culturally stateless persons. This paper sets out to asses and describes critical studies that have been carried out in children’s literature at Kenyatta University. It should be noted that criticism and reviewing of any literary genre, including children’s literature, contributes immensely to the improved development of the literature, (Haviland, 1974: 391)