August Newsletter

by mockingbirdbook

Ice Cream Summer

Illustration from “Ice Cream Summer” by Peter Sis

“What wondrous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
Upon my mouth do crush their wine;
The nectarine and curious peach
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Ensnared with flowers, I fall on grass.”
– Andrew Marvell, Thoughts in a Garden

Upcoming Events

August 8, Saturday at 11:00pm – Local Author Saturday! Wendy Wahman Author Event – Wendy Dont LickWahman will read from her books, “Don’t Lick the Dog” and “A Cat Like That” as well as sign copies!

Also August 8, Saturday from 1:00pm-3:00pmMake an Insight Book with Wendy Wahman – What’s an Insight Book? It’s art and writing, collage and doodling. It’s an improvisation with yourself: You start out with nothing in mind, then a line or a color triggers an, ‘ah ha!’ and you put that down. One line (written or drawn) leads to another. Anyone can make one. Non-artists surprise themselves by making art. When you’re done, you hold a book in your hands. Your book. Your insights. Ages 7 & up – $5.00 at the door – RSVP at
Zoras Zucchini
August 28, Friday at 11:00amKatherine Pryor Author Event – Katherine Pryor presents her newest book, Zora’s Zucchini! Zora is elated that her zucchini is growing… but what happens when it doesn’t stop?? A great book for foodies and a good start to learning more about what we eat! This is Katherine’s newest title following Sylvia’s Spinach and we are happy to be hosting her again.
Enemy Pie
August 22, Saturday at 11:00amTara Calahan King Illustrator Event – Ever wanted to draw books like Enemy Pie? Well you’re in luck! Tara Calahan King, the illustrator of Enemy Pie as well as many other titles, will be at Mockingbird Books for 11:00am Story Time! Draw characters, hear stories, and much more!

September EventsBlue

September 10, Thursday from 7:00pm-9:00pmKayce Stevens Hughlett Author Event – Come celebrate the book launch for Hughlett’s new book, Blue! “A subtle psychological mind-bender where each heroine is her own worst enemy. Eccentric. Loveable. Unforgettable.” Join us upstairs in the Great Hall at Green Lake for this event!

September 12, Saturday at 11:30am – Local Author Saturday with Matthew PorterRise and FallJoin us in welcoming back Matthew Porter and his soon-to-be released title The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician! When Milton the Magnificent’s hunger for fame pushes him to resort to devious methods, it looks like Oscar the Magician is going to fall victim to some dirty tricks. Hilarity ensues in the form of bees, levitation, giant gelatin, monkeys on bicycles, and more! This fast-paced adventure is fun and silly with a twinkle of magic that kids will love.
McToad Mows
September 30, Wednesday at 4:00pmTom Angleberger Workshop – The author of the Origami Yoda series, Tom Angleberger, will come to present his newest book McToad Mows Tiny Island as well as host an origami workshop!

Reminder: Story Time Every Day at 11:00am (except Sunday)

Staff Picks

Emily’s Illustrator SpotlightNimona

Noelle Stevenson (illustrator of Nimona)

Full of fanasy and whimsy, this sequential artist’s work is perfect fare for fans of Adventure Time, Rick & Morty, and other shows of the same ilk. Her characters are foremost strong and quirky, not to mention often kick-butt females with asymmetrical haircuts. Easy devourable spreads chock full of humor make her work appeal to a wide audience- not just fanatsy fans!

Nimona tells the tale of our main character, a shape-shifter who becomes the sidekick of a super villain in an imaginary land. Great pool-side read for ages 10 and up!

Jesse’s PicksUnder the Egg


Under the Egg by Laura Mark Fitzgerald

I read Under the Egg in the middle of reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and was startled by all of the similarities. Both stories feature the tragic loss of a loved one from the start, both take place in Manhattan, both involve the secret possesion of a priceless painting, and to top off the weird coincidences, both main characters are named Theo! I think it’s safe to say Fitzgerald’s novel is like a middle-grade version of The Goldfinch. At the very least they’re both impossible to put down and they’re both great stories! 5 stars!

[hardcover picture book]

Boats for Papa by Janet S. Wong & David RobertsBoats for Papa

I made the mistake of reading Boats for Papa while there were still customers in the store. What a tear jerker! A beaver boy and his Mom live by the sea, where the boy build ships out of driftwood and sends them out to sea for his Papa. There’s a twist at the end of the book that will really tug at your heartsrings, and I’m not even a Mama. The illustrations are beautifully done, too! An excellent picture book, especially for someone who’s lost a loved one.

Kathryn’s PickBlue Whale

[hardcover picture book]

The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond

Beautiful illustrations created with a mix of collage and paint set the stage for fun and engaging facts about the blue whale, the largest living creature on the planet.

Alison’s Picks


Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (Released Dec. 1, 2015)Not If I

This is a story about Parker, a blind, teenaged girl, who has suffered more than her share of tragedy. Dealing not only with her loss of sight as a young girl, but also the death of both parents, Parker has set up a list of rules that must be followed in order to earn and keep her trust. On the outside she is strong, sarcastic and independent, but as she starts to navigate the uncertain world of a teen, she must face the fact that the rules she has set up to protect herself may not apply anymore. I love Parker’s snarky character and independent spirit. I also love the tenacity and loyalty of the friends that stick by her, even when she tries to push them away. Eric Lindstrom leaves room for complexity and brings the reader past the surface of things, reminding us that we are all more than we seem and that vulnerability is part of the human experience.

Saint Anything by Sarah DessenSaint Anything

Sydney is reeling after the arrest and imprisonment of her charismatic older brother, Peyton, for a drunk driving incident in which a young boy is paralyzed. Disturbed by the way her mother diminishes the seriousness of his actions, her father’s absence and her own struggle with invisibility, she finds solace in a close-knit family she meets after transferring to a new school. Sarah Dessen deftly explores the nuances of family relationships and the often difficult path to synchronizing one’s inner and outer selves.


Join us for Story Time every day at 11:00 except Sundays.

Happy Reading!

Alison, Jesse, Emily, Kathryn and Alyson