Hot Reads for a Cool Summer!

Our 7th Annual Hot Reads for a Cool Summer event for kids is extra special this year as we will also be launching our Summer Reading Blog, Bookley,  written by kids, for kids. This year’s guest speakers are multi-talented authors and/or librarians, and also veteran bloggers: Mike Jung, Unidentified Suburban Object, Annemarie O’brien, Lara’s Gift, and, Mary Ann Scheuer, librarian at Emerson Elementary.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Our guests, along with our children's specialists, will present their favorite picks for Summer reading and share tips on how to be an awesome blogger. If you're a kid entering 1st-6th grade in the Fall, and you love to read, we need YOU! Kid bloggers will receive a free book (advance reader copy) for every blog post. More details at the event.

All featured titles will be 20% off for this night only. We will have refreshments, prizes, and a full list of the books recommended by our bloggers and the kids book specialists at Mrs. Dalloway's. Tickets are not required for this year's event but space will be limited so please call ahead if you'd like to reserve a seat.

Mike Jung is the author of Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2016) and Unidentified Suburban Object (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2016). He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, and serves as a Grant Officer for the WNDB Internship Program. His essays can be found in the anthologies Dear Teen Me (Zest, 2012), Break the Rules (Chicago Review Press, 2013), and 59 Reasons to Write (Stenhouse, 2015).

Annemarie O'Brien has an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches writing courses at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Pixar. She also advocates for literacy and empowering girls as a Room to Read Writer Ambassador. Lara's Gift is her debut novel inspired from a former life when she worked in the former Soviet Union and was gifted Dasha, her first borzoi puppy. Lara's Gift has won numerous awards and earned starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal.

Mary Ann Scheuer splits her time between being the librarian at Emerson Elementary School and serving all of Berkeley Unified School District as an elementary teacher librarian. She also reviews for Kirkus Books and School Library Journal. Find more books she recommends sharing with your children at her blog, Great Kids Books,


Event address: 
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Lara's Gift By Annemarie O'Brien Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307931757
Published: Yearling - July 22nd, 2014

Unidentified Suburban Object By Mike Jung Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545782265
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 26th, 2016