Mockingbird Books Store Closing August 27

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First two of our customers to pick up their copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this morning

We have appreciated all of the comments, suggestions, and words of encouragement from our customers hoping that it would be possible to keep Mockingbird Books financially viable. We are especially thankful to the parents of McDonald International School for their book drive this month and to countless other customers who made a special effort to send their friends our way with instructions to buy a book! Ultimately, though, even with such concerted effort, our sales are down more than 15% from the prior year. As a community, our buying habits seem to be shifting online, and the gross sales for at least this retail store no longer cover the overhead to allow continued operation.

The Mockingbird staff both current and past are thankful for eight years working in the Green Lake neighborhood to facilitate children’s literacy and share our love of reading and community. Our last day of operations will be Saturday, August 27 and we have a celebration planned, so please join us. Please use any outstanding gift certificates or frequent buyer discounts by August 27. All sales from now until store closing will be final and any special orders should be prepaid.


Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 4 at 5:00PMEthan and Vita Murrow present their wordless book The Whale.

Saturday, August 13 at 11:00AM – Dalyce Elliott Young presents her book Ellie and the Golden Cricket.

Saturday, August 20 at 11:00AM – Sharonne Park and Angela Blemker present their book It’s a Fact!: Fun Animal Facts for Kids.


Reminder: Story Time is not offered this summer with the above exceptions.


Author Events

The Whale by Ethan and Vita Murrow – August 4802a3498-908e-4d87-bf85-a595c6837d77


The Murrows, a husband-and-wife team, debut with a sumptuously illustrated, semi-wordless story of discovery and collaboration as two children attempt to prove the existence of a local “Great Spotted Whale.” Bookended by images of the local newspaper, the Cape Chronicle, which provide necessary context and detail, the story follows separate efforts of a boy and girl as they build and outfit boats with cameras, audio equipment, and recording devices, then head out into the surf. Dramatic b&w pencil illustrations readily conjure the power of the sea: a violent crash brings the two children together, and their initial anger turns into a spirit of cooperation as they poor their efforts. Ages 4-8


Ellie & the Golden Cricket by Dalyce Elliott Young – August 13unnamed-1

What’s the secret to playing the violin beautifully? The golden cricket knows but before Ellie is able to ask, the cricket escapes! With the help of a shy friend and her three spunky pups, Ellie encounters nature’s colorful surprises as she searches for the easy solution to a squeaky violin.

This is a cute book with simple illustrations and a very important message: practice makes perfect! There aren’t any shortcuts to that. It would be an especially good read for young children just beginning to take music lessons.


It’s a Fact!: Fun Animal Facts for Kids by Sharonne Park and Angela Blemker; illustrated by Sharonne Park – August 2072c74b6d-fa31-4171-9127-039be34dea4b

An artful mixed media collection of fun facts about animals, illustrated by Seattle artist Sharonne Park. Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit animal rescue organizations. Did you know that some animals will only have babies in the same place where they are born? Or that some types of animals live only in the water until they are adults and then they grow legs and come on land? Come along on this journey so you can learn even more amazing fun facts. Animals are so interesting! It’s a fact! Geared towards ages 3-8 and kids of all ages (including adults!)


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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, a new play by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

The eighth story. Nineteen years later. It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father of three school-aged children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

This special rehearsal edition script of the play by Jack Thorne brings the continued journey of Harry Potter and his friends and family to readers everywhere immediately following the play’s world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.



Happy Reading!