Illustration from “My Octopus Arms” by Keith Baker
It is with great appreciation and affection that we bid farewell to Wendy Ostenson, bookseller extraordinaire! Wendy’s upbeat presence in the shop, both out front and behind the scenes, is highly treasured by all. She is a favorite at story time and her impeccable taste in books, flair for displays, marketing skills and knowledge of the publishing and bookselling industry have made her absolutely invaluable. We will miss her greatly!
With goodbyes come a few hellos. We are very excited to include Jesse Miller and Kathryn Dennis to our staff at Mockingbird Books. Jesse recently moved to the PNW. He loves playing guitar, reading books and listening to music. He loves working with kids and is happy to be joining our staff. Kathryn is a children’s book author, illustrator and designer, with lots of experience in the world of publishing, advertising and marketing. She has worked in both print and television as an art director and has quite a few pre-teen mystery novels under her belt. Welcome!
With all this summery weather and nice long days, we just want to head outside with a picnic basket and a good book. What about you? Why not pop by the store next time you’re heading to the lake and let us help you find the perfect book to relax with under a big canopy of maple leaves…
June 4, 11, 18 and 25, Thursdays at 11:00AM – Betsy Dischel of Musikal Magik 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.
June 13, Saturday at 11:00AM – Story time with the Transportation Choices Coalition, including a special reading of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. Listen to great books on the different ways we access public transportation!
June 20, Saturday at 11:00AM – Katy Webber of Musikal Magik will bring her delightful blend of music, drumming, dancing and stories to share.
Also on June 20, Saturday from 10:00AM to 1:00PM – Anna Stivers, Seattle’s Recruiting Specialist for The Nanny League, will be hosting a booth just outside the bookstore and sharing complimentary coffee and pastries. The Nanny League is L.A.’s premier placement agency for professional, college-educated nannies, providing excellent childcare opportunities for our neighborhood families and unparalleled service and support.” Help us welcome Anna and The Nanny League to Seattle by stopping by the booth and attending a Q and A session inside the store. Each family who joins Anna for the Q and A session is eligible for 25% off their first placement fee.
June 30, Tuesday at 11:00AM – Claudia McGehee Author Event – Join us as Claudia McGehee presents her book My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure. My Wilderness recounts the 1918 winter on Alaska’s Fox Island from the point of view of nine-year-old Rocky, son of painter Rockwell Kent II. Fans of Nikki McClure and Hannah Viano will love McGehee’s scratchboard style illustrations.
Reminder: Story Time Every Day at 11:00am (except Sunday)
Carson Ellis (illustrator of Home)
Some may be familiar with Carson Ellis’ work in the Wildwood series and rightfully so! Her watercolor illustrations have a soothing quality to them, both in their cool tones and classic and uncomplicated style. Her use of texture brings shapes on her pages to life and the overall look of her layout seems to be a marriage of vintage and European influences. For fans of that classic children’s literature look, she’s one of my top picks.
Home catalogs the wide variety of abodes we live in. From Atlanteans to Norse gods, the pages of this book stretch our imagination of what home really is. This is a great read for wandering minds and the dreamers among us!
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang; illustrated by Max Lang
More and more books for children are being published showing the wonderful combinations of non-traditional families. Families, Families, Families! uses delightful, silly and colorful animals to describe a myriad of possible family relationships. Children will love the animals and will indeed understand the message. As the book says, “…if you love each other, then you are a family.”
Oh my! What would you do if you walked out your front door dressed in a tuxedo and found a skunk, a bright-eyed, happy looking skunk? Run: Not the tuxedo man. He quietly walks away but oops, the skunk is following him. The skunk follows the man all over town as the man frantically tries and tries to lose him. At last the man moves to a new house and neighborhood. Success. No skunk. The man wonders where the skunk has gone. He starts to look for him. The end! Delightful pen ad ink cartoon-like illustrations accompany the text. The sly humor will be appreciated by adults and children alike.
By the author of I’ll Give You the Sun, comes another tender, funny tale about family, friendship, loss and love. The story centers on Lennie, named after John Lennon, who has recently lost her sister to a sudden illness. Her mother disappeared when she was very young and she lives with her wild and creative grandmother and very large Uncle Big, who are delightfully quirky and wise. As she tries to navigate her overwhelming grief and comes to terms with loss both old and new, Lennie finds herself drawn to two boys at once. Jandy Nelson depicts this turbulent time with such colorful language that it almost makes me want to be young like that again (almost)! My teen daughters and I LOVE this author. She is so passionate and descriptive in her writing and gets to the heart of relationships in such a satisfying and unique way. Highly recommended for your summer reading list!
Bird Witch by Kay Leyh
We love Yeti Press! Local, as in Green Lake, they are putting out some phenomenal new graphic works. Bird Witch is a beautifully illustrated story about two young girls with magical powers. Full of adventure!
Who stole the Mona Cheesa from the art museum?? It’s National Cheese Week in Paris and international cat of mystery, William, must find out what all the “stink” is about. Join William as he mingles with Parisian artists and sits in cafes pondering the mystery. The story comes to a brilliant climax at the Homage to Fromage when the true thief (or thieves?) are discovered! Helen Hancock’s new picture book is hilarious, beautiful, mysterious, and very French! A must buy!!
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami’s long awaited novel follows the story of a young man troubled by the past, and haunted by the loss of an important friend. I always feel like I am entering a strange but beautiful dream when I read Murakami’s work, and this is no exception. Murakami is able to illustrate the confusion of being a young person in a way that no one else can. His characters are incredibly nuanced and dynamic. Colorloress Tsukuru Tazaki is a meditation on friendship, loss, and taking difficult paths to find resolve. A great novel by a masterful writer.
Join us for Story Time every day at 11:00 except Sundays.
Mary, Wendy, Alison, Jesse, Emily and Alyson