28 Jan 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!