Anne Schwartz Books Good Books for Bad Children [Nordstrom, Ursula]
Anne Schwartz Books Good Books for Bad Children [Nordstrom, Ursula]

Good Books for Bad Children [Nordstrom, Ursula]

By Beth Kephart


Publication Date: September 19, 2023

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

In this lively, lyrical picture book biography, meet the groundbreaking, outspoken, legendary editor of the best-loved books for children, and see how she inspired Maurice Sendak, Margaret Wise Brown, and others to create Where the Wild Things Are, Good Night Moon, and many more classics.

"Ursula Nordstrom was a grown-up who never forgot what it was to be a child." The girl who'd always loved to read would grow up to work in the Department of Books for Boys and Girls at Harper & Brothers Publishers. Soon she was editing books by Margaret Wise Brown and E. B. White, discovering new talent like John Steptoe and Maurice Sendak, and reinventing what a book for children should be. "Children want to be seen," she'd tell her writers. "Not good enough for you," she'd scribble in the margins of their manuscripts, asking them to revise. Her favorite books of all? "Good books for bad children," she'd say. And those books went on to win every award imaginable, including the Caldecott and Newbery Medals and the National Book Award.

Story Locale:NYC; Long Island

About the Author

Beth Kephart is a National Book Award finalist and an award-winning author of over thirty books for adults, young adults, and children, including the picture books And I Paint It: Henriette Wyeth's World and the forthcoming A Room of Your Own: Virginia Woolf and Where We Go to Think, Dream, and Be. She is also a teacher at the University of Pennsylvania and a widely published essayist, with work appearing in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune,, and elsewhere.

Author Residence: Philadelphia, PA

Author Hometown: Wilmington, DE

Chloe Bristol is the illustrator of Nonsense: The Curious Story of Edward Gorey, which received two starred reviews. She is also a visual development artist for feature animation and has worked on various films, including Mary Poppins Returns.

Illustrator Residence:Los Angeles, CA

Illustrator Hometown:Dallas, TX

Format: Hardcover

Length: 48 pages

Publisher: Anne Schwartz Books

Publication Date: September 19, 2023

ISBN: 9780593379578

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