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

CBS 2 Chicago: “Readeo Brings Storytime Online”

“Take my word for it, this is fantastic, and it’s going to make a big difference in my life personally.”

Watch the interview with Readeo CEO Coby Neuenschwander by CBS 2 Chicago (more…)

Posted March 26th, 2010 in Readeo Reviews by admin