Read Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books Online Free - 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.
|Title||:||Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books|
|Number of Pages||:||44 pages|
September 06, 2017
From the minute I opened the book to the first page, and saw the old-fashioned font and illustrations, I knew I would love it. Markel describes how boring children's books were until Newbery became a publisher in London and decided to print books that would interest children. My favorite picture...
April 10, 2017
An interesting look at the man behind the medal! I think when you look at what the award is given for - most distinguished contribution to children's literature - readers will be able to compare to Newbery's own contributions during his lifetime.
I know how our Mock Newbery Club will begin its fi...
June 16, 2017
This will be a great book to kick off our Mock Newbery.
January 11, 2018
Bonus points to this history book for showing people of color in its pages, unlike so many other history and historical fiction books that seem to assume there were no POCs until the 1900s.
November 21, 2017
Before reading this children's biography of John Newbery (founder, creator, and publisher of the very first children's books) I did not know much more than this tidbit. Now I understand the importance of this man and what he brought to children in the world. His legacy will continue as long as ch...
April 17, 2017
The illustrations were great but I really liked the variation of fonts throughout. I know, weird. Good into to Newbery and his philosophy of children's books.
June 01, 2017
PPBF --- Perfect Picture Book Friday Group Post
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 overflow...
February 17, 2017
Detailed and lively pen and ink and digital medial illustrations complement the story of John Newbery, the man many credit as the father of modern children's literature. Bibliophiles will surely recognize his name, which now is emblazoned on one of the premiere prizes for excellence in writing fo...
May 24, 2017
Could a librarian possibly NOT give this book 5 stars? It's the story of John Newbery and how he championed the writing and publishing of children's books in the mid 1700s in England.
I don't think that kids will readily pick this up and read it---even though it is in engaging picture book format...
March 15, 2017
Fun design, great illustrations, but I'm just not sure it connects enough to today's young readers.