Back then, children had to read preachy poems and fables, religious texts that made them fear the end was near, and manuals that told them where to stand, how to sit, not to laugh, and scores of other rules. There were no picture books, no novels and definitely, no graphic novels.
But readers, do not despair because John Newbery, the future champion of children’s books was determined to change that. John felt that every page, every picture and every word of every book book should be designed for your reading pleasure.
You can learn more about John when you read Balderdash! John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books.
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