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Review of ‘Balderdash!’

John Newbery, the father of children’s literature and namesake of the Newbery Medal, is revered by all who read and write books for children. Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books, written by Michelle Markel, introduces a new generation to Newbery’s legacy.

The book follows Newbery’s career, which begins as a printer…

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