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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Win it Wednesday: Vanishing Colors

Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Sunday. Winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)

Vanishing Colors

by Constance Orbeck-Nilssen


A haunting, poignant story about refugees

As a young girl and her mother take shelter for the night in their war-torn city, the whole world appears muted and dark. When the girl wakes in the middle of the night to find a bird watching her, she knows it’s the one from her mother’s stories, who flies down from the mountains to protect people from harm. She tells the bird what her life used to be like, before the war and destruction—she describes her favorite dress, the open market stalls, her dad playing music on the roof. As she continues to remember, colors slowly seep back into her life, and with them comes the courage to hope for a new beginning.

Congratulations Alisha M. you are our Win it Wednesday winner!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Win it Wednesday: Pacey Packer- Unicorn Tracker

Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Sunday. Winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)

Unicorn Tracker

by J. C. Phillips


Pacey's little sister, Mina, has always said her stuffed unicorn, Slasher, is real—but seriously? He's a stuffed toy! Then again, he does seem to be leading Mina outside her room and to . . . some kind of weird magical unicorn land? Pacey may not believe in unicorns, but she's not about to let her little sister be kidnapped, so she does the only thing she can: follows them to unicorn land (that she totally does NOT believe in).

And for the record, it's NOTHING like the stories. First off, what's up with Slasher's attitude? It's not Pacey's fault he's trapped in a ridiculous stuffed body. And that Alpha Unicorn guy? NOT. Nice. Pacey will just be grabbing Mina and taking her home, thankyouverymuch . . . that is, if she can work with the grumpiest unicorn stuffy ever to outsmart the Evil Alpha Unicorn and find the way out—preferably without stepping on any poisonous killer flowers. (WHAT IS WITH THIS PLACE ANYWAY?!)

Congratulations Kirbi S., you are our latest Win it Wednesday winner!

Friday, February 9, 2024

Lunar New Year: Book Recommendations

 


This year, Lunar New Year falls on February 10, and ushers in the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac cycle. Dragons are featured in mythology around the world and are always a hit with kids. Here’s a collection of dragon stories to keep you entertained all year long:

Wingbearer by Marjorie Liu
Wings of Fire by Tui T Sutherland
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan
The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill
Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Magnificent Book of Dragons by Stella Caldwell
I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt
The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio
Dragon World by Tamara Macfarlane
Three Tasks for a Dragon by Eoin Colfer
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

❤️Miss Ashlee

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Win it Wednesday: Deep Breaths

Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Sunday. Winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)

Deep Breaths

by Carol Thompson



Take a deep breath, and learn to manage strong emotions through mindfulness with this pair of feuding best friends, Dolly and Jack!

Dolly the pig and Jack the rabbit are best friends, but even best friends don't always get along. When Dolly and Jack get into a big disagreement, they go from happy to mad, to sad...and then back to happy!

Both hilarious and instructive, Deep Breaths is a refreshing picture-book portrait of real friendship, and sets an example of how to manage strong emotions and resolve differences through simple mindfulness and meditation techniques.

Congratulations Lincoln H., you are our Win it Wednesday winner!

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Read Across America: February

       

Every Month, NEA's Read Across America highlights books for young readers that explore a topic related to diversity and inclusion.

The theme for February is Engage in the World
Commit to uplifting the histories and stories of communities of color and fighting structural racism.

Here are the recommended books for the month. Find discussion questions and more resources on their website.


by Sandra Neil Wallace


by P. O’Connell Pearson


by Heather McGhee

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Win it Wednesday: The Lunch Lady- First Helping

Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Sunday. Winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)

Lunch Lady: The First Helping

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka


Serving justice . . . and lunch!
Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn't dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn't just serve sloppy joes--she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it's no match for LUNCH LADY in these two exciting adventures packed into one book! Get ready for the return of this exciting series, by the author of Hey, Kiddo.

This is a Wonderbook- it includes an audio version of the story.

Congratulations Camila H., you are our Win it Wednesday winner!

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Win it Wednesday: Songs for Our Sons

Every Wednesday we will give away a new book. For a chance to win, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Wednesday through 11:59 PM Sunday. Winners will be announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Win it Wednesdays.)

Songs for Our Sons

by Ruth Doyle


What hopes do you have for the future? Who do you long to become? This warm, inspiring book encourages boys to shape a world so much gentler and brighter than before. Playful rhymes and tender illustrations invite them to notice nature, embrace their emotions, and use wise words as their weapons. Whether they’re dynamic dazzlers or marvelous mud sculptors, this book is an opportunity to imagine all the incredible adventures up ahead.

Congratulations Zephaniah H., you are our Win it Wednesday winner!