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Read Out Loud | DON’T LET AUNTIE MABEL BLESS THE TABLE

Sunday dinner is on the table. Whatever you do — DON’T LET ANTIE MABEL BLESS THE TABLE! Find out why on this episode of Ready Set Draw as author/illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton reads her tale of family, thanksgiving, and patience.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Auntie Mabel and her family and friends have gathered for their big Sunday dinner and can’t wait to dig into a delicious, mouthwatering meal. Before they can begin, Auntie Mabel starts and doesn’t stop blessing everyone and everything she surveys: the yams and Brussels sprouts, the table and chairs even the president of the United States! Author and illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton’s delectable celebration of food and family is a joyous appreciation of how traditions and rituals bring us, and keep us, together.

ABOUT VANESSA

Vanessa Brantley Newton was born during the Civil Rights movement and attended school in Newark, NJ. Being part of a diverse, tight-knit community during such turbulent times, Vanessa learned the importance of acceptance and empowerment in shaping a young person’s life. When she read Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, it was the first time she saw herself in a children’s book. It was a defining moment in her life and has made her into the artist she is today. As an illustrator, she includes children of all ethnic backgrounds in her stories and artwork. She wants all children to see their unique experiences reflected in the books they read so they can feel the same sense of empowerment and recognition she experienced as a young reader.

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41 Comments

Kid Lit TV Commenter Shana Chambers

Adorable!! 😂 truly truly reminds me of our family’s own ” Auntie Mabel”. Outstanding!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Anonymous

l wish l can make food like that! But if l was you l will eat all the food on that table!

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Mrs. C

I sure would like a copy of this book. Any chance it will be reprinted? Can’t afford $50+ for it on Amazon.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Jacqueline and Justin

I liked your book because it is funny and has a lesson. The lesson is that you should not take too long for prayers.
Justin (age 7)

I LOVED your book! It reminded me of my family many years ago. The illustrations are wonderful! I appreciate the diversity.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Adriana

Amazing !! I love it!!! I also wanted to say that we have Grandma’s purse at the school library at providenece elementary

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Eleanor

Hilarious! Poor Auntie Mabel. The illustrations were lovely. A perfect read for Christmas.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Anne

I sent a copy of the video to all my students and staff! What a wonderful reader she is, too.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Julie Gribble

Thank you for sharing the video, Anne! We love Vanessa Brantley-Newton and we’re sure your students will love her, too!

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