Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 5, 2019

Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World by Lynn Marie

On the heels of MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES, Lynne Marie has another picture book out, LET’S EAT! MEALTIME AROUND THE WORLD. It is illustrated by Parwinder Singh and published by Beaming Books, who published her third book, THE STAR IN THE CHRISTMAS PLAY. Lynne has agreed to share a critique with one lucky winner! All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in the basket for you. 

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping, Lynne Marie. 

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you and extra ticket. Thanks! 


What foods would you like to try? Dig into this fun and informative book that explores foods from 13 countries around the world. Meet characters from countries including Sweden, Peru, Pakistan, Nigeria and more as they enjoy breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. Be inspired to try something new and learn about other cultures. Let’s eat!

“Parents may want to brush up on international recipes as they’re likely to get some exciting requests after the kids devour this book!”  — Nancy Churnin, author of The William Hoy Story, Manjhi Moves a Mountain, and Irving Berlin, The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing 

“Little ones will take a fascinating spin around the globe to experience the fabulous foods and customs of thirteen countries in this delightful picture book filled with fun facts and kid-friendly art. A wonderful way to unlock the world for future travelers!” — Norma Rodriguez, Travel Leaders Network. 

Watch the Trailer here!


I had four fiction picture books under my belt and a plan to dive into non-fiction after I got my tenth fiction contract, when my editor for THE STAR IN THE CHRISTMAS PLAY approached me with an offer to write a potentially three-book non-fiction series. I listened, at first skeptically, until I realized it tied into travel and culture — which was not only passion of mine, but a job. As a travel agent, I was used to researching foreign countries so I knew I was the right person for this job. It would be a piece of cake! 

However, the task proved tougher than I had imagined. Not in the way one might think. I threw myself into reading anything and everything I could about kids in other countries. It was such an enjoyable task! I took every related book I could find out of the library and bought the ones I couldn’t get from there. 

Finally, I had 40 countries full of flavorful facts that kids would eat up! And I had fascinating side bars — historic, artistic, scientific, you name it — there was something interesting to appeal to anyone and everyone. Therein lied the problem — I was so enamored with my subject matter of foreign cultures that it was hard to discern what to leave in and what to leave out! 

But as I focused on the food customs and tried to make sure diverse parts of the world were represented, it all became clearer. I also did make specific nods to certain people who have been influential and helpful — my friends Julia, Jade and Camila from Peru, Alicia from the Philippines, my friend Kim and family from Madagascar (although Kitika’s name was changed to Sitraka), my friends at the Jamaica Tourist Board, my cousins Margaret and Beinn (name changed to Logan), my friend Supriya from India and Sweden for my Swedish relatives.

And of course, with the hope that the book will sell well enough to merit the next book in the series, I will be able to cover some that I had to cut from my original 40 cultures to share with children! 

Another aspect of what fueled this book, is that when I was growing up, I didn’t know what culture I was from. I considered everything — my adoptive parents’ cultures of Scottish and German, the cultures of those in my neighborhoods of Jewish, Italian and Irish, Norwegian – like my super culture orientated fourth and fifth grade teacher Mrs. Andersen, and even African American, as I had watched a movie, Band of Angels, where Yvonne DiCarlo of Munsters fame played a white woman who was black. 

Turns out I am mainly Swedish, British and Irish/Scottish, but also parts of Dutch, French, Belgian, Norwegian and American Indian.


Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten – illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog’s 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play — illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books, 10/16/2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares — illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, 2019)  and her first non-fiction picture book, Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World — illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019) and more forthcoming. Her stories, poems, folk tales and crafts have appeared in many magazine markets, including Family Fun, Highlights, High Five, Spider, Baby Bug and more. She was a first-round panelist for the 2016 and 2017 Cybils Picture Book Awards. In addition, she’s an on-staff writer for Jon and Laura Bard’s Children’s Book Insider and a book reviewer.

When she’s not cruising around the world, she lives on a lake in South Florida with her husband, two children, a Schipperke named Anakin and several resident water birds. She’s represented by Deborah Warren of East West Literary Agency. You can learn more about her at





  1. so cute and how informative!


  2. Congratulations, Lynne! Sounds like a delicious new book.


  3. Being an absolute foodie myself, I know I’ll love this book! Congrats!


  4. Sounds fascinating – and the illustrations mesh well with what I learned about the contents. What a challenge for the author to hone down at the info she collected and make it engaging. Congratulations, Lynne Marie and Parwinder Sigh!


  5. Thank you for this interesting and inspiring post. Your new book sounds wonderful! Best wishes with it!


  6. Great way to get kids to try new foods.


  7. This sounds fascinating & I enjoyed learning about the book journey, too.


  8. LOVE this book! Can’t wait to read it! Any book that helps children see the bigger world is a hit for me. Congratulations!


  9. Trying again with my comment–really love the concept of this book! And so happy Lynne Marie wrote it–I can’t wait to read it.


  10. This looks like such a great book!


  11. Forgot to mention in my previous comment: I get your great blog daily:-)


  12. Congrats Lynne Marie!! You’re on fire 🙂


  13. Congratulations Lynne on another book.


  14. Food is always interesting! And I’d love, love, love to win a critique from you. Thanks for all you do for the writing community.


    • Also, I subscribe to your blog, Kathy. Thank you!


  15. Congratulations on your first NF book!


  16. Kids (and their parents and teachers) are going to love Let’s Eat!


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