Maddi's Fridge (Hardcover)
Flashlight Press, 9781936261291, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2014
2014 Christopher Award, Books for Young People
2014 ILA Primary Fiction Award
2015 MLA Mitten Award Honor
Human Rights in Children's Literature Honor
With humor and warmth, this children’s picture book raises awareness about poverty and hunger
Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the same park, but while Sofia’s fridge at home is full of nutritious food, the fridge at Maddi’s house is empty. Sofia learns that Maddi’s family doesn’t have enough money to fill their fridge and promises Maddi she’ll keep this discovery a secret. But because Sofia wants to help her friend, she’s faced with a difficult decision: to keep her promise or tell her parents about Maddi’s empty fridge. Filled with colorful artwork, this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on antihunger groups, is also included.
About the Author
Lois Brandt is a writing teacher who served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa. She lives in Issaquah, Washington. Vin Vogel is a Brazilian illustrator and designer who has illustrated more than 45 children’s and young adult books in his native Portuguese and French. He lives in New York City.
Praise For Maddi's Fridge…
“I really admire Lois Brandt for writing about those in need without making this an ‘issue’ book. It’s first and foremost a story—and a good one.” —Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor–winning author,Hattie Big Sky
"This tasty morsel can certainly inspire your superheroes soar to new heights and help combat hunger along the way!" —Barbara Gruener, https://corneroncharacter.blogspot.com/2014/07/hungry-to-be-hero.html
Maddi's Fridge has been chosen to be included on the grades 3-4 Great Texas Mosquito List for the 2019-2020 school year. The Great Texas Mosquito List is shared among all the schools, highlighted in the school and public libraries, and used by students to compete in the annual Great Texas Mosquito List Name That Book competition. In addition to the competition, the book is also a contender for the Great Texas Mosquito List Student Choice Award.
Maddi's Fridge was included on Sightline Institute's kid's list of "The Books We Love Best in 2018." —https://www.sightline.org/2018/12/14/the-books-we-love-best-in-2018/