Dear Readeo Friends,
This week, we hope you’re hungry! Two of the three new additions to the Readeo library invite you and your child to a feast, and the third continues the travel theme we’ve established over the past two weeks.
Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table by Vanessa Brantley Newton invites us all to join Auntie Mabel’s bountiful Sunday dinner. But when the kind hostess begins the blessing, she not only blesses the bounty of food, but also everyone around the table and those who are absent! Soon the guests are falling asleep, and the food is getting cold! Warmth and humor abound in Vanessa Brantley Newton’s tale. You may recognize her artwork from her book Let Freedom Ring!, which is also in the Readeo Library.
As young Adika and Mama Panya head to market, Adika invites everyone he meets to join their meal in Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin, illustrated by Julia Cairns. Mama Panya worries about whether they will have enough pancakes for everyone. But Adika believes they’ll have “a little bit and a little bit more” for all the guests. Julia Cairns also illustrated this month’s featured book, We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs.
And continuing along with our travel theme, My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Christopher Corr, follows Granny as she travels around the world, counting from one magic carpet purchased in Istanbul to 10 black llamas she buys in Peru—which she gives to her granddaughter.
Let us know what you think of Auntie Mabel’s Sunday dinner, Mama Panya’s pancakes, and your travels with Granny by commenting here or on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!
With all my best,
Jenny Brown is the editor for Readeo and oversees all book selection for the site. She has worked in the children’s book world for the past 25 years, holding positions with HarperCollins and Scholastic, and was the Children’s Books Reviews Editor for Publisher’s Weekly. She currently writes for School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness. Jenny graduated from Princeton University. You can read more from Jenny on her Web site, Twenty by Jenny.