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John Newbery, a publisher in the 18th century, published children's books for the first time. Newbery sold children's books cheap and made his profit from a patent medicine.

 

Bestselling Newbery books
According to the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (NCBEL 2.120), Newbery "wrote, wholly or partly" and "edited or materially influenced" the following works:

    (1791) (A. H. Bullen's 1904 facsimile) by John Newbery, Isaiah Thomas, and William Henry Whitmore

    A Little Pretty Pocket-Book (1744) by M. F. Thwaite and John Newbery

    The Newtonian System of Philosophy (1761) by Tom Telescope, John Newbery, and Oliver Goldsmith

    The Renowned History of Giles Gingerbread (1764)

    The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (1765) by John Newbery (perhaps written with Oliver Goldsmith)

    The Entertaining History of Tommy Gingerbread a Little Boy who Lived Upon Learning by John Newbery source

Newbery Medal and Honor books 1922 to present are listed here

The last 5 Newbery Medal winners.

2011: Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)

2010: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books)

2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean (HarperCollins)

2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick)

2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)

Tell me your top 5 children's books.  What would you buy today for a child's library?  What would the child want?   What would you want?  Did the Newbery Medal winners influence what you read as a child?

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