For those of you who’ve recently joined Readeo, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jenny Brown, and I’m the editor here at Readeo. I choose the books and also conduct a monthly interview with one of the luminary authors or artists who’ve contributed to the Readeo library.

Each month we feature a book from the Readeo library that you can read from start to finish, whether you’re a guest or a dedicated Readeo subscriber. Along with that book, we feature the book’s author or artist for some insights about the seed of the book’s idea or the creative process. For the month of January 2011, we’re featuring an interview with Peter H. Reynolds, the author and artist of Ish (our featured book for January) and The Dot.

From now on, we will also be sending you weekly updates with new additions to the Readeo library, so you can stay on top of our latest selections. This week, we are pleased to add Eating and Sleeping, both by Liesbet Slegers (some of you may remember her as our December featured author-artist). These two books help toddlers name all of the familiar parts of their mealtime and bedtime rituals. Liesbet Slegers gets to the heart of the toddler experience; she stretches your child’s vocabulary while providing enough visual clues to put toddlers immediately at ease.

Who’s in the Forest? by Phillis Gershator, illustrated by Jill McDonald, takes your child on a walk through the woods, with gently patterned collage artwork and creatures children can easily recognize. A rolling rhyme makes “foxes on the prowl—creep, creep, creep” and “bear cubs tumbling in a heap, heap, heap” look harmless indeed.

Let us know about your BookChat experience with these books by posting on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!

With all my best,

Jenny

Jenny BrownJenny 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.