Thank you all so much for sending in your requests and for spreading the word about my big giveaway. I am so thrilled (if you could see me, you’d know I was doing a seated version of Snoopy’s happy dance) to have so many great things finding new homes. I can feel the space around me opening up, and I hope these books and CDs give you as much joy as they have given me.

Our winners are:
Hannah – The Fatherless and the Widow, Live from Nowhere (Volumes 2-4), Films for Radio, and Peter Gynt

Kayla – Bob Dylan and World Cafe #27

Ericka – World Cafe #26

Mona – Blow Fly and Sarah McLachlan

Marcie – Wilderness Skills and The Kitchen God’s Wife

Sarah – Indigo Girls, Cry Cry Cry, Somewhere Near Paterson, Every Single Day, Promised Land, and Vuelta

Christine – Arthur Miller, Red Badge of Courage, Daughters of the House, Debussy/Ravel, and Chopin

Jennifer – Victoria Williams

My Mom – Dynasty of Death and The Prince and the Pauper (Love that mother of mine)

Every won something!!! Yeah. Please email me your mailing addresses – andilit AT – and I”ll get your winnings off to you this week. Yeah!!! Yeah!!! Yeah!!!

Also, I wanted to get the word out about a couple of great books that I thought you’d like to know of. First, there’s this great anthology called One Hundred Great French Books: From the Middle Ages to the Present. If you’re a fan of French lit, or would like to become one, this is a great introduction to the classic French writers including Rabelais, Racine, Voltaire, Diderot, Zola, Proust, Sartre, de Beauvoir, and many more. The anthology contains brief synopsis/biography of each writer and his/her work. The collection is a wonderful way to figure out who you want to read first as you begin your exploration of French lit.

Last week at a children’s literature conference I attended, I picked up a copy of this beautiful young adult book called Home of the Brave. It tells the story of Kek, a refugee from Sudan, and his arrival in Minnesota. The book is written in verse, easily readable verse, and it’s a really wonderful way to introduce kids (and ourselves) to the struggles of refugees. I loved this book.

If you’d like to have a chance to read about Kek’s journey, please leave a comment here. I’ll give the book away on Friday. (If you pass on the word about the giveaway, let me know, and I’ll double/triple/quadruple your chances to win. Thanks.)

Cover of Home of the BraveHome of the Brave by Katherine Applegate