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There is no concise, universally accepted definition for children's literature. But as a judge presiding over lawsuits in an entire different genre said, "I know it when I see it."

Wikipedia handles it this way:" Children's literature is usually understood to comprise books intentionally written for children to read." Nancy Anderson, associate professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida in Tampa, defines children's literature as all books written for children, "excluding works such as comic books, joke books, cartoon books, and nonfiction works that are not intended to be read from front to back, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference material". 



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