Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books

Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books


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This rollicking and fascinating picture book biography chronicles the life of the first pioneer of children's books—John Newbery himself. While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined them overflowing with entertaining stories, science, and games. He believed that every book should be made for the reader's enjoyment. Newbery—for whom the prestigious Newbery Medal is named—became a celebrated author and publisher, changing the world of children's books forever. This book about his life and legacy is as full of energy and delight as any young reader could wish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811879224
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 44
Sales rank: 601,671
Product dimensions: 11.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Michelle Markel writes informative, enjoyable children's books at her home in Los Angeles.

Nancy Carpenter has illustrated over 30 books for children. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

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Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is darling! I think it's definitely more for the love of librarians and book-ish parents, but kids might enjoy it, too. It certainly is trying for kids to like it, but.... will they care?
ReaderWriterEducator More than 1 year ago
I never knew anything about Newbery beyond the shiny sticker that appears on children’s books. The telling is lively and entertaining, and the illustrations and graphic design are totally engaging. Learning how the field of children’s literature came to be is fascinating. This book is everything a children’s book should be! Newbery would have loved it!