Friday, September 1, 2017

Balderdash...and why Children's Literature Matters



For our first week read in 3rd & 4th grade, we read Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books by Michelle Markel. 

This book tells the story of one of the earliest champions of children's literature. Before John Newbery came along, children weren't encouraged to read for wonder, or for fun. Newbery helped pave the way for a new kind of children's book, and children everywhere (whether they know it or not) have been grateful ever since. Accordingly, the American Library Association created the the annual John Newbery Medal in honor of those books that embody what it means to write for our youth. 



We used this book as a springboard to acknowledge that our school library collection is here for us to follow our curiosity, foster new learning, and just generally delight in the wide array of wonderful stories. Children's literature can help enhance critical thinking, encourage global perspectives, and spark creativity. And while it is hard to imagine a world without it, we should certainly be thankful we don't have to. 




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