The standard books at home or at school were the Bible, the Talmud, the Midrashim, and prayer books.
From time to time, however, writers and scholars composed popular literary works which captivated young readers.
Side by side with this written literature, there existed an oral children's tradition: stories told by inspired teachers, mothers, and grandmothers, and the lullabies they sang.
Some of these were eventually printed.[Uriel Ofek]The history of European Jewish-Hebrew and Hebrew literature, which dates back to 1779, as well as the history of Ereẓ-Israeli and Israeli Hebrew children's literature, is the history of an ideologically oriented attempt to build a new literary system and simultaneously generate the field of its consumers and producers.
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In fact, one of the first acts of a Jewish community in the process of establishing its communal life was the creation of an educational system for children.
In the 16 centuries, there were increasing efforts to write texts specifically for children, mostly in the form of catechisms.
However, these became a socially recognized phenomenon only towards the end of the 18 century, with the emergence and crystallization of the modern concept of childhood; as in the case with European children's literatures such a concept was a precondition for the development of Jewish-Hebrew children's literature.
From the 12 century, certain texts, taken mostly from the broader domain of Jewish literature – the Bible, the Talmud, commentaries on the Talmud, and prayer books – were used for educating the young.
Several scholars believe that some passages were included in the Haggadah explicitly for the use of children.