FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
The Newbery Award is something I look forward to each year. And this picture book is definitely a must read for anyone who follows the Newbery Award! Michelle Markel created a wonderful tribute and contribution to children’s literature with BALDERDASH! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books. John Newbery was an author and publisher of children’s books in the 18th century. Contrary to most authors and publishers at the time, Newbery believed that children’s books should engaging, entertaining, and fun. This picture book biography celebrates Newbery’s contributions to children’s literature – reflected through the boisterous and imaginative illustrations. FUN is at the heart of this book, and what a beautiful reminder of the world of possibilities in children’s literature — books full of games, stories, math and science (John Newbery was a big proponent of science books for kids). Teachers who run Mock Newbery Clubs in their classrooms will appreciate this addition to their unit, helping students learn about John Newbery and the reasons behind this prestigious award. Definitely check out the ALA Newbery Medal Home Page and read about the past awards (you’ll probably have to add some books to your TBR book lists!). I also wrote about the 2017 Honorable Mention Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk in my Top Ten Middle Grade Books of 2016.