Balderdash! (Hardcover)

John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books

By Michelle Markel, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9780811879224, 44pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

List Price: 17.99*
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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.

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.

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

"A delightful romp for all>"--Common Sense Media

Indiana Too Good To Miss State Reading List 2018

"This delightful book gives us perspective about a relevant part of history, kids' books."--Imagination Soup

"Engaging and irreverent, smart and fun."--Cool Mom Picks

"Effervescent."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Boisterous! Spirited pen-and-ink art perfectly captures period detail and changing attitudes toward child-rearing. "--San Francisco Chronicle

"A stellar introduction to 'the father of children's literature,' and a glorious example of dynamic bookmaking."-School Library Journal, starred review