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January Little Reader Pick

Celebrate the new year and teach your child about new cultures with Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas. Written by Gail Piernas-Davenport and illustrated by Marion Eldridge, this fun and engaging tale highlights different New Year celebrations from cultures around the world.

Shante Keys and the New Years Peas

From the publisher: Shanté Keys loves New Year’s Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Oh no—it’ll be bad luck without them! So Shanté sets out to borrow some from the neighbors. Does Miss Lee have peas? What about Mr. MacGhee, or Shanté’s good friend Hari? None of them do—but, as Shanté discovers, they have fun foods and traditions for their New Year’s! Now, if only Shanté can find good-luck peas in time for dinner!

Don’t wait! Pick up a copy of Shanté Keys and the New Year’s Peas for your little reader at your local library.

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At UGI Utilities, we are deeply committed to children’s literacy.  Studies have shown that children who are not reading at grade level by third grade will experience significant difficulties throughout their lives. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s business and government leaders, employees and customers.

Check back each month for new Little Reader picks and follow @UGIReads on Twitter for more book selections, author quotes, and tips and tricks to help your own little reader. Have a suggestion for a Little Reader Pick? Let us know in the comments below.

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