December Newsletter

by mockingbirdbook

Illustration from When Santa Was A Baby by Linda Bailey aand Geneviève Godbout

Happy Holidays!

There is truly no better time to settle down with a good book when the days are darker and our fireplaces are warm and bright. Come see the selection we’ve curated for this very season and share in the tidings of great literature!

We say goodbye this month to Alison Post who is pursuing an opportunity to become an education advocate working with at-risk youth. We know her compassion and creative problem-solving skills will be put to good use helping students who are homeless, in foster care, or refugees who don’t have the support and resources they need to get to college.

We welcome Haley Stocking as the new bookstore manager here at Mockingbird! Haley comes to us from Sasquatch Books with background in public library, editing, and publishing and a deep love for books and bookselling. Haley frequently set up events with Mockingbird Books during her time at Sasquatch, and we are lucky indeed to have her join our staff. Haley says, “I appreciate how booksellers are able to see the direct impact books have on readers and interact with them on a more personal level.” Welcome into the trenches, Haley!

Mockingbird books is


in December from 12-5pm (December 6, 13 and 20.)
See our list of dates at the bottom of the newsletter for adjusted openings and closings this month.

Upcoming Events

August 22, Saturday at 11:00amBetsy Dischel of Musikal Magik – Betsy Dischel of Musikal Magik; Betsy is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and will be with us to sing, dance and share stories in Hebrew, Spanish and American Sign Language. Come for very special Hanukkah songs this month, along with many others!

Staff Picks

unnamedEmily’s Illustrator Spotlight

Brigette Barrager (illustrator of Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain?)

Lovers of classical illustration rejoice! The likes of Mary Blair and Virginia Lee Burton have a modern day equivalent. Barrager’s illustrations will appeal to those who yearn for the artistic craft of the early 20th century. Bright colors and spongey texturing fill the spreads of her work.

Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain? answers just this very question! The main character (and our reader) will learn all about not only kitty, but other animals and just what they are up to in the rain.

Jesse’s Picksunnamed-8

The Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

This lovely picture book tells the story of a young girl named Kiko who must bring a pie to her Grandmother’s house on the other side of the woods. Along the way she accidentally stumbles upon a holiday feast, where all of the forest creatures are celebrating in a cozy cabin. The creatures help her out with her pie dilema, and she makes some new friends. These illustrations are mezmerizing, and the story is so sweet. Tea Party would make a great gift for your preschooler!

Kathryn’s PicksUnder the Egg

Under the Egg by Laura Max Fitzgerald

A mystery with a fascinating connection to history. You will never look at a painting in a museum the same way again!
Theo’s late grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and if the painting is as valuable as she thinks it is, then her grandfather wasn’t who she thought he was.

The Slug by Elise Gravel

unnamed-5They are slippery and slimy and fond of Northwest showers. Everything you ever wanted to know about slugs and more! An early reader series of disgusting critters. Eewwwwww!

Special talent: Transforming nature’s waste
Food preference: Plants and mushrooms
Distinctive trait: Retractable tetacles
Disgusting? Yes, but fun too!

Mary’s Picks

Is Mommy? by Victoria Chang unnamed-1and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Is Mommy ugly or pretty? Tall or short? Nice or mean? The children choose. In the end, in response to “Do you love your short, ugly, mean, boring, old, messy mommy?” the answer is a resounding YES! Marla Frazee’s colorful cartoon images fill the page. Certain to appeal to 2 and 3 year olds especially those with a sense of humor.

Little Tree by Loren Longunnamed-2

Loren Long, author of the wonderful Otis series, has written a sweet story about a tree who does not want to lose his leaves no matter how brown and withered they are. Through season after season the tree will not let his leaves fall. Other trees lose theirs and as a result grow strong and tall. Forest animals tell the tree he needs to let go but he just hugs his leaves closer. Finally, he finds the courage to allow his leaves to fall. Soon he too grows taller. Gorgeously and simply illustrated, Little Tree is certain to be another favorite.unnamed-3

Please, Open This Book! By Adam Leurhaupt and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

OH MY! The children at story time love this book! “You opened the book. We’re saved! We’re saved!” the crazy animals shout. Someone had slammed the book shut and trapped them all. Please keep the book open. Don’t shut it. Don’t be a book closer. No……. Delightful animals populate this book. You or your children may never shut a picture book again.

Alison’s Picks

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidtunnamed-6

Jupiter is a 3 month old baby and Joseph is her 13-year-old dad. When Jack and his parents agree to take Joseph in to their home, they know he has had a rough go, but it is young Jack who discovers the truth behind Joseph’s hard shell and the tragic circumstances that have brought him to their doorstep. This is a beautiful, heartbreaking story about love and loss, no matter what the age, told in Gary Schmidt’s tender style. He always gets to the heart of what it is to be human. Another “must read” by one of my favorite authors.

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graffunnamed-7

This book is such a gem. Lisa Graff captures the interior life of a middle school-aged boy as he tries to cope with his part in a tragic accident. As Trent struggles with anger and isolation, the gulf between how he is perceived on the outside and how he feels on the inside widens. Then he befriends Fallon Little, a girl with her own mysterious story. Through this friendship and the realization that there are allies all around him, Trent finds not only solace, but his way back to the world. A powerful story about friendship and resilience.

Mockingbird Calendar changes:
December 24 and 31: Open 9am-4pm (early closing)
December 25, 27, and January 1 & 2: CLOSED all day


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

Happy Reading!

Alison, Jesse, Emily, Kathryn and Alyson