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Read Out Loud | DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE

On this episode of Read Out Loud, author Stephanie Calmenson reads DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE! Can Panda make room for one more guest?

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ABOUT THE BOOK

DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE
written by Stephanie Calmenson; illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Join one hungry elephant, two carsick lions, three pigs running from a wolf, and dozens of other playful yet famished animals as they swing, bound, and bounce into the Panda Palace for a hearty meal. But when the restaurant is totally full, will Panda make room for one more guest?

ABOUT Stephanie

Stephanie Calmenson is the author of many acclaimed books for children. They have been called “marvelous” (“Publishers Weekly”), “lyrical” (“School Library Journal”), and “sweet, funny, and right on the mark” (ALA “Booklist”). Her books include “Dinner at the Panda Palace”, a PBS Storytime Book;  “May I Pet Your Dog?” a Horn Book Fanfare Book; “Ollie’s School Day,” a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club selection; and “Dozens of Dachshunds: A Counting, Woofing, Wagging Book.

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44 Comments

Kid Lit TV Commenter Muriel Feldshuh

Hi,
I always marvel at the enjoyment children and adults get when they hear this fun book read to them. It is filled with beautiful poetry and fun illustrations. I urge the readers to follow-up with Birthday at the Panda Palace as well. Stephanie did a great job with her reading of the book too.
Thanks KidLit for bringing this book to the attention of your viewers as well.
Enjoy the day!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thank you so much, Muriel Feldshuh. And thank you again, Julie Gribble, for sharing Dinner at the Panda Palace with your many KidLit TV fans!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Julie Gribble

It’s my pleasure, Stephanie! You share such an important and sweet message in this book: there’s always room for one more :-)

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Andrea Herrera

Delightful! I love a little rhyme in my picture book, as do my 3rd graders. We will enjoy this tomorrow on World Read Aloud Day. Can’t wait!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Lily Knapp

I watched and read “Dinner at the Panda Palace.” I liked it because the character of the Panda was really polite, like when there were no more spots at the restaurant, she made one for the mouse. That was an enjoyable book!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thanks so much for posting, Andrea. I hope your 3rd graders enjoyed hearing the story. Best, Stephanie

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Elsa Townsend

Hi! I was so excited to hear Stephanie reading one of the stories that have charmed hundreds of preschoolers I’ve been privileged to share it with. Thank you so much for sharing yet another of your talents, Stephanie! Kitlit.TV will enrich the looong weeks of “virus vacation!”

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thank you so much, Aurora. There will always be room at the Palace for you! 😊

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Elsa Townsend, thank you so much. You comment means the world to me. There will always be room at the Palace for you! Be well.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thank you, Sha’Neira! There will always be room at the Palace for you. :)
Be well.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Dear Heavenly, I’m so glad you liked the book. Thanks for writing. Be well and remember, there will always be room at the Palace for you!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thank you for writing, Tayton Timothy. I’m so glad you liked the book. There will always be room at the Palace for you!
Be well.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thank you for writing, Aurora. I’m so glad to know you’d like to read Dinner at the Panda Palace again. There will always be room at the Palace for you! Be well.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thank you, Wyatt. I’m glad you liked the book. There will always be room at the Palace for you! Be well.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thank you so much, Ximena. There will always be room at the Palace for you! 😊

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thank you so much, Ximena! There will always be room at the Palace for you! 😊

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Anne

I was first introduced to Dinner at the Panda Palace by my sister who was collecting books for her son’s pre-school. He is now 26 years old. Having read this book to many young students over the years, each time I am pleasantly surprised by a closer look at the illustrations and appreciation of the values expressed – there is always room enough for everyone. Dinner at the Panda Palace is a delightful departure from the good versus evil fiction present in much of children’s literature. This is a book I will enjoy with my first grade students during Read Across America, 2021.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Stephanie Calmenson

Thank you so much for this thoughtful comment, Anne! 💕

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