Dear Readeo Friends,
Our three new titles this week will satisfy curious minds in search of facts. Did you know there was a female Pharaoh of Egypt in the 15th century B.C.? Her name was Pharaoh Hatshepsut. One of the sphinx sculptures that she had planned to guard her tomb is now in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. If you want to know how it got from Egypt to America, this book will answer your questions: How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland.
For those of you who wonder what lives in the Okefenokee Swamp that stretches over the border between Georgia and Florida, Deep in the Swamp by Donna M. Bateman, illustrated by Brian Lies, is the book for you. Alligators, snapping turtles, and rat snakes (they can swim!) are among the creatures you’ll meet.
Grace Lin received a Newbery Honor for her book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, a novel inspired by the Chinese folktales she learned as a child. In her picture book The Ugly Vegetables, she describes what she thinks are ugly plants that come out of her mother’s garden—at least compared to her neighbors’ flower gardens. Until she finds out what you can do with those “ugly vegetables.” (Hint: there’s a recipe at the end of the book.)
We think these books will leave you feeling wiser than before. But let us know what you think 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.