Teachers for Teachers | It’s Monday! We Are Over the Moon for Moe and Mo #IMWAYR #Buildyourstack
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It’s Monday! We Are Over the Moon for Moe and Mo #IMWAYR #Buildyourstack

Each week as we pack picture books for our upcoming work in schools, some books seem to land in our coaching bags again and again. Here is a book we love to share with K-5 students. This story touches readers’ hearts. It is timeless, engaging, thought-provoking, and just plain fun. 

A Moon for Moe and Mo is the story of two boys who are both named Mo (Moe), and both live with their families at different ends of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.  The boys meet in a market as their mothers’ grocery shop for the upcoming holidays of Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah. Moe and Mo become instant friends, and eventually so do their moms.

This is a beautiful story of how children move beyond stereotypes that exist in the adult world.  It shows the similarities among all of us, the power of parental love, and the joys that come when we find a new friend.  Readers will learn a bit about different Jewish and Muslim customs through the lens of similarities, rather than the lens of differences. The illustrations capture the joy of this special friendship and highlight the delights, tastes, and smells of the holidays.  Don’t miss the author’s and illustrator’s notes in the back of the book. Jane Breskin Zalben and Mehrdokht Amini share how this story came to life and why they chose to collaborate.

Don’t forget the Caldecott and Newbury Medals will be announced at 11:00 am EST today. Fans can follow 2019 results in real-time via live webcast, or follow hashtag #alayma. We will be tuning in to find out what will be in our stack in the coming weeks!

Happy Reading Everyone!

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    Posted at 16:31h, 28 January Reply

    A Moon for Moe and Mo is new to me. I’m going to look this one up. And thank you so much for your reminder about live streaming. I couldn’t get the link to work, but I did find it in time. YAY! Have a wonderful reading week!

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    Jane @ Raincity Librarian
    Posted at 17:46h, 28 January Reply

    Oh, this looks beautiful! I’m always inspired by watching children play – we have a monthly LEGO party at the library, and kids who’ve never met before, and who often barely share a language, can be happily found building great imaginative structures together, bonded only by their shared love of play and being creative.

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    Linda Baie
    Posted at 20:35h, 28 January Reply

    The book sounds wonderful, will find it! I’m glad to see books like this coming out with characters from all kinds of backgrounds having fun together. Thank you!

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    Lisa Maucione
    Posted at 23:01h, 28 January Reply

    This is a title I don’t know about, It sounds wonderful. I have a few titles to put on my tbr list after seeing the winners of the various ALA Youth Media Awards!

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    Posted at 23:10h, 30 January Reply

    A Moon for Moe and Mo is a new read for me so thank you for sharing your review. Always appreciate having read alouds that celebrate similarities and differences. Thank you!

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    Michele Knott
    Posted at 01:37h, 31 January Reply

    This one looks good! My library doesn’t have it, I’ll have to see if it can be purchased!

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