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National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, who stole the show (and our hearts) at the Inauguration ceremonies, has three books arriving later this year, and they are all available for preorder.  The first is a special hardcover keepsake edition of the poem read at the Presidential inauguration of Joe Biden - publishing April 27.  The second is a children's picture book, illustrated by Loren Long, about a young girl leading a cast of characters on a musical journey,  and how they learn that they have the power to make changes--big or small--in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves - publishing September 21. The third is Gorman's debut poetry collection, which includes The Hill We Climb, and reveals an energizing, unforgettable new voice in America poetry - also publishing September 21 (thankfully with a new, soon-to-be revealed cover design).



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Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion. Twelve essays from 1968 to 2000 - never before collected -  that reveal early glimpses of some of Didion's favorite subjects, including the press, politics, California robber barons, women, and her own self-doubt. 

The Narrowboat Summer by Anne Youngson. A charming novel of second chances about three women, one dog, and the narrowboat that brings them together. An uplifting celebration of the power of friendship and new experiences to change one's life, at any age.

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes. In this retelling of the Trojan War, author Haynes give a much-ignored voice to the silenced women involved in the causes and consequences of one of the Western world's great tales. Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction.

Consent by Annabelle Lyon. A sensual, haunting novel about two women whose lives collide when tragedy changes them forever, providing a thought-provoking exploration of the complexities of familial duty, and of how love can become entangled with guilt, resentment, and regret.

The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto by Charles Blow. New York Times op-ed columnist Blow delivers a powerful manifesto and call to action for Black Americans to amass political power to fight white supremacy and finally achieve equality - on their own terms.

Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells by Michelle Duster. This historical portrait of the boundary-breaking civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells covers her early years as a slave, her famous acts of resistance, and her achievements as a journalist and anti-lynching activist.




This week's featured children's book titles above are among the winners of the annual American Library Association (ALA) book awards given to the most distinguished books published in 2020 for children and teens, including the Caldecott and Newbery Awards. For a complete list of honored books, click here.







CHILDREN (Ages 3-17)




Join us this Saturday, January 30 at 11am PST for our newest installment of Storytime on Instagram IGTV!
Award winning author Aida Salazar will be reading from her powerful and vitally important story in verse, The Land of the Cranes. "A raw, honest story of detention in America from a child's vantage point that is beautifully told, heart-wrenching, and resonant." (School Library Journal, starred review) A must have book for upper elementary and middle school. Purchase your copy from Mrs. Dalloway's.
The video will be live for only 24 hours so be sure to watch!


If you missed our Crowdcast discussion about the gorgeous new book Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates: Plants for a Lush, Water-Conscious Landscape with photographer Saxon Holt, you can still catch the show. Holt's presentation is filled with loads of good information and a wealth of fabulous photo images. (Note: the replay of the event opens with four minutes of unintended audio feedback. It's easy to bypass if needed, and the rest of the program is fine.) Take a look!

Also, remember that Mrs. Dalloway's has an exclusive supply of signed copies of the books - get yours here.


The annual BUSD Mock Newbery nominees have been announced.  These titles have been selected by district librarians based on their literary merit as possible contenders for the  prestigious Newbery Medal.  The 4th & 5th graders district-wide will be reading and discussing them in their school book clubs in the coming months.  Their selections make for a great recommendations list for young readers. Here are the nominees - click on the poster to go to our Mock Newbery web page, where you can get more details or order any book on the list.


Our shelves are overflowing with new books in Spanish for kids and teens. If you'd like to peruse our shelves in person, we're open for browsing by appointment, Tueesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm. Otherwise, we've created booklists for you to browse. If you don't see what you are looking for, we can special order most titles and have them at the store often within 24 - 48 hours.



Our children's books specialists have compiled a wonderful list of children books for various ages and interests. The lists were organized for teachers and others educators, but they serve as great resources for families as well. And as new titles are bering published, the lists are being regularly updated and refreshed. The list of New and Noteworthy Books is part of the For Families and Educators tab at the top of our home page.  All the book covers have live links that take you a page with full descriptions and an online order option.

Also, be sure to check out the Resources page for Families & Educators. While we've been Sheltering In Place, some of our favorite authors and celebrities have been recording themselves at home reading their best-loved children's books. The Resources page has some of our top picks.

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Next Event

reading The Land of the Cranes, a heart-wrenchingly beautiful story in verse of a young Latinx girl who learns to hold on to hope and love even in the darkest of places: a family detention center for migrants and refugees. 

Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 11:00am
The Land of the Cranes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338343809
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2020

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