Dear Readeo Friends,

Let us reassure you in advance that all three of our books end happily this week.

Although a wolf threatens Little Red Riding Hood, and a wicked stepmother tries to remove Snow White from her beauty contest, the heroines (with a little help from their friends) come out just fine in these retellings of the classic Brothers Grimm tales. Debbie Lavreys’s illustrations for both books help make the wolf seem less frightening and indicate to readers that the Seven Dwarfs will do their best to keep Snow White safe.

It might be fun to read Little Red Riding Hood and then go to our featured book this month, Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, to see how the little red chicken hero tries to warn Little Red Riding Hood about the wolf’s villainous plans.

In our third new addition to the Readeo library, Ricky Is Brave by Guido van Genechten, the rabbit hero sets out to spend the night alone in a tent (in his backyard). What starts out as an adventure turns a bit scary—until Ricky finds out the source of his fears. You might recognize the artwork (and the humor) from Guido van Genechten’s other book in our library, No Ghost Under My Bed.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Little Red Riding Hood
Ricky Is Brave

Please let us know what you think of our new additions 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.

Posted March 15th, 2011 in Books, News, Readeo Reviews, Reading, Relationships, Uncategorized by Jenny Brown

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.)

THow the Sphinx Got to the Museum
Deep in the Swamp
The Ugly Vegetables

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

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.

Posted March 8th, 2011 in Books, News, Readeo Reviews, Reading, Relationships by Jenny Brown

Dear Readeo Friends,

This week we introduce two titles from the witty Balloon Toons series. These books present the action in comics-style panels with a generous helping of humor. In Rick and Rack and the Great Outdoors by Ethan Long, Rack (a buck, or male deer) teaches his friend Rick the raccoon how to fish, decipher animal tracks while they’re hiking, and how to canoe. Each one ends with a funny twist.

In the second Balloon Toons tale, the cat-loving narrator teaches a friend (and all of us readers) how to do The Super Crazy Cat Dance of the book’s title. Author Aron Nels Steinke uses rhyme and sequential illustrations to model how to groove to the cat dance moves. You and your youngster will be on all fours to practice before you know it!

Our third title is another travel-themed treat from Laurie Krebs, author of this month’s featured book, We All Went on Safari–as well as We’re Roaming in the Rainforest. This week in her Off We Go to Mexico! illustrated by Christopher Corr, Laurie Krebs teaches us Spanish words as we go from la playa (the beach), and on to climb las piràmides (the pyramids). You may recognize the fiesta-bright artwork of Christopher Corr from another book in our Readeo library: My Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone.

Off We Go to Mexico
Rick and Rack
The Super Crazy Cat Dance

Use Readeo this week to read or BookChat using these new books! Let us know what you think of the Balloon Toons books and your travels to Mexico on our Facebook page. We love hearing from you!

With all my best,
Jenny

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.

Posted February 15th, 2011 in Books, News, Reading, Relationships by Jenny Brown

Dear Readeo Friends,

This week our three new additions to the Readeo Library (aimed at children ages 3-8) invite your child to take a walk on the wild side.

In Crow by Leo Timmers, the towering presence of the “pitch-black” feathered hero scares the tiny multi-colored Finch, Parakeet, and Chickadee. Crow just wants to be their friend, but when he tries to approach them, he sends them scurrying. His attempts to look more like them are even more disastrous! Only when he goes back to being himself does Crow win their friendship. It’s an uplifting message, delivered with a great deal of humor.

We’re Roaming in the Rainforest by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Anne Wilson, introduces your child to chatter monkeys, poison dart frogs, leaf-cutter ants, and the other creatures that live deep within the Amazonian rainforest. Stunning collage illustrations and a lilting rhyming text will make your youngsters feel as if they’ve been on a journey.

Then, after a brief rest, they can travel on to the Serengeti plains where the Maasai people roam and acacia trees grow. We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Julia Cairns, begins with Arusha, Mosi, and Tumpe as our guides, and they gather more friends as they go. They count up from one “lonely leopard” (“moja” in Swahili) to 10 “enormous elephants” (“kumi”). At the end of the book, curious children can find out more about the animals featured, the Swahili language, and the Maasai people who live in East Africa, where northern Tanzania meets southern Kenya.

Crow
We’re Roaming in the Rainfores
We All Went on Safari

Safe travels – and don’t forget to let us know about your journeys 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.

Posted January 25th, 2011 in Books, News, Reading, Uncategorized by Jenny Brown

Researchers have done numerous studies to explain to parents how valuable reading aloud can be in child development. It teaches children about the world around them, stimulates brain growth, and speeds up literacy; however, this is only half the picture. Reading with a child also helps create a stronger bond between a child and loved one due to the intimacy involved in reading aloud– sitting on the lap or close to the reading partner, teaching words or information, and meaningful discussion. However, what can you do when you’re not actually together?

Readeo makes it possible to read with a child in real time over the Internet. By integrating video chat with digital children’s books, Readeo’s BookChat creates a long-distance reading interaction that is as close as it gets to having the child in your lap. Sometimes though, work or life takes us further than our computers can follow, and when it does, there are recordable storybooks.

Hallmark created Hallmark Recordable Storybooks and has several books available for purchase that can record your voice as you read a children’s book. Your voice will then play every time a child opens the book to begin reading. To set it up, you just press record and begin reading. You can record your reading as many times as you like. Once you are finished, you simply press save.

Recordable storybooks make it possible for children to still have mom or dad read a bedtime story even if they are in a meeting or grandma or grandpa can still read to grandchildren after they are gone. Reading goes beyond just benefiting our children academically; it lets them know how much we love them. Whether you’re in a rocking chair with your child on your lap, using Readeo, or a recordable storybook, be sure you are still finding ways to bond with your child through reading.

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Posted December 20th, 2010 in grandparents, News, Reading, Relationships by marketing