A Blue-Ribbon Read

by | Aug 2023

Astrid and Apollo and the Family Fun Fair Day

Snow cones! Corn on the cob! Baby animals! Midway games! Get your young readers ready for the Great Minnesota Get Together with Astrid and Apollo.

This chapter book series from Minnesota author V. T. Bidania consists of 16 titles, featuring Hmong American twins Astrid and Apollo and all kinds of classic Minnesota childhood adventures—including this installment about a trip to the fair.

In Astrid and Apollo and the Family Fun Fair Day, the twins embark on a scavenger hunt, which guides their family’s path around the fairgrounds from the butterfly garden and the grandstand stage to Midway games and animal barns, with plenty of stops for food.

This book is a wonderful way to prepare children for a visit to the fair or reminisce about past trips. Kids might love the chance to read the book independently or aloud to the family.

Cheerful full-page color illustrations by Evelt Yanait support new readers and make a nice bridge from picture books. Brief definitions and facts about Hmong culture and history are included in the back matter.

From the shuttle bus to the giant slide, this book is as delightful as a day at the fair for the new readers in your life.

Contributed by Edina’s Megan Maynor, children’s book author, Minnesota Book Award Finalist and Minnesota Youth Reading Awards Nominee. Find her books at meganmaynor.com.


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