Written by THE BUSINESS JOURNAL STAFF
Valley Children’s Healthcare has released two new books featuring their iconic mascot, George the Giraffe.
Released on Monday, “A Home for George” is a hardcover book that tells the story of how George found his home at Valley Children’s Hospital and is dedicated to the Founding Mothers of Valley Children’s — Carolyn Peck, Agnes Crocket, Gail Goodwin, Helen Maupin and Patty Randall.
“Out & About with George in Kern County “ is a board book that showcases kid-friendly activities and landmarks around the Bakersfield area.
The books are written and illustrated by local moms with personal connections to Valley Children’s — authors Claire Noland and Joan Schoettler, and illustrator Mykel Newton Suntrapak. Lynne Ashbeck, senior vice president, community engagement and population wellness at Valley Children’s Healthcare, summarized the meaning behind the books.
“Since the hospital’s early days, George has represented the heart of this organization — kindness, caring for others and the magic of childhood,” Ashbeck said. “The chance to tell his story through the talents of local artists was the perfect way to capture Valley Children’s traditions, values and our deep roots in the communities we’ve served for nearly seven decades.”
The first two books are now available for sale through the Valley Children’s Hospital Gift Shop and the Holiday Boutique in Fresno. All proceeds benefit Valley Children’s patients and programs.