Free (throw) Book Friday!

The ceremonial drawing of names from a hat has been performed, and Jade Horn is the winner of the new You’re the Chef series from Millbrook Press. Send us your mailing address in an email to with the subject line “Free Book Friday,” and clear some space on your counter for these beauties:

As for the rest of you enthusiastic culinary mentors, don’t despair! You can buy one, some, or all of these books (it’s up to you!) on our website–and if you’d like a cheaper, less stain-able alternative to the hardbound copies, you can get the E-Book version!

For next week’s giveaway, we’ve got something to occupy your young sports fans after basketball season ends next month. Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball is a new nonfiction picture book from Carolrhoda Books. It tells the true story of James Naismith, whose dilemma should be familiar to any overworked teacher: How could he keep his students from killing each other with their roughhousing, while still allowing them to have fun? The solution he came up with in 1891 turned into the beloved sport still played today. 

If you’re intrigued on behalf of an athletically-minded young reader, throw your name in next week’s Free Book Friday hat by leaving a comment below (with your name or alias) or by Tweeting the following line: “Free Book Friday! RT to win HOOP GENIUS from @LernerBooks.” Then check the Lerner blog post on Friday, March 15 to see if you’ve won!

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