Shop the MCDS Bookstore Online!
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the MCDS Library
- Virtual Luncheon: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 11:00am–12:30pm
- Shop MCDS Book Fair Online!
- Donate to the MCDS Library
- Family Day: Saturday, Nov. 6, 10:00am–5:00pm
- Student Assemblies
- Book Fair FAQ
- A Letter From the Book Fair Chair
Join us for a zoom conversation
with acclaimed author Annie Barrows
Wednesday, November 10
11:00 am-11:45 am - Program
11:45 am -12:30 pm - Zoom Socials
Annie Barrows was born in San Diego, California, in 1962 but quickly moved to a small town in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent most of her childhood in the library there. In 1984, Annie graduated with a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley. Under the mistaken impression that a career in publishing would permit her to read a lot, Annie became an editor, first at an art magazine, then at a textbook publishing house, and finally at Chronicle Books, where she acquired Chronicle’s first New York Times best-seller, Griffin & Sabine, among many other titles.
After a dozen in years in publishing and picking up an M.F.A in Creative Writing in 1996, Annie finally realized that writers have more fun than editors and switched sides. She published several non-fiction books on topics ranging from opera to fortune-telling before turning to children’s books. In 2006, the first of her children’s series Ivy and Bean was published. This title, an ALA Notable Book, was followed by eleven more, including Ivy and Bean: Get to Work! published last spring. The series has been translated into fourteen languages, and in June production began on three Ivy and Bean movies to be released by Netflix. Annie has written a number of other titles for children, including mid-grade novels, a foray into young adult fiction, and several picture books. Her latest children’s series, featuring a nine-year-old kid named Iggy who never met an impulse he didn’t like, began in 2020 with The Best of Iggy.
For adults, Annie is the co-author, with her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, published by the Dial Press in 2008. An international best-seller, translated into 38 languages, the novel was adapted into a feature film in 2018. Her second novel, The Truth According to Us, published in 2015, was a national best-seller. Currently at work on three books, Annie lives in Berkeley with her husband.
Join us on campus for a fun day of books, Food, art and entertainment!
11:00 AM - Stinky Tales with Doug Zesiger - Join Kindergarten teacher Doug Zesiger and his puppets for an outdoor story time in the step-up area. Learn more about Doug and Stinky Tales here.
1:00 PM - Reading and Q&A for kids with Annie Barrows - Join author of the beloved Ivy & Bean and Iggy series books for this special opportunity to hear her read and have a live Q&A just for kids! Annie will also sign books, so bring your old favorite or buy a new one at the book fair and get it personalized. Learn more about Annie here.
3:00 PM - Music Time with Megan - A live performance of ‘indie-style family music’ by Bay Area’s award winning musical artist (and MCDS parent) Megan Schoenbohm. Learn more about Megan here.
*Please note: Guests outside the MCDS community are welcome to attend but must adhere to Covid-19 protocols. All guests will need to be fully masked while indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masking outdoors is optional for all guests. Adults will need to show proof of vaccination. Food will be available for purchase and must be eaten outside. Thank you for following these Covid-19 protocols and helping to keep our community safe.
We are thrilled to welcome two wonderful Authors to speak to our Lower and Upper School students this year during the school day.
Their books will be available for purchase at the Book Fair.
Wednesday, October 27th - Joanna Ho will speak to the Lower School
Joanna Ho is the New York Times bestselling author of Eyes that Kiss in the Corners. Her upcoming picture books include Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma (Fall 2021), Eyes that Speak to the Stars (2022) and One Day (2023). Her debut YA novel, The Silence that Binds Us will be released in 2022. She is a writer and educator with a passion for anti-bias, anti-racism and equity work. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s from the Principal Leadership Institute at Berkeley. She has been an English teacher, a dean, the designer of an alternative-to-prison program, and a professional development creator partnering with educational leaders around the country. She is currently the vice principal of a high school in the Bay Area, where she survives on homemade chocolate chip cookies, outdoor adventures, and dance parties with her kids. Keep your eyes open for more books to come!
Friday, November 5th - Kelly Yang will speak to the Upper School
Kelly Yang’s family immigrated to the United States from China when she was a young girl, and she grew up in California, in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang. She eventually left the motels and went to college at the age of 13, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, she gave up law to pursue her dream of writing and teaching kids writing. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. She is also a columnist for the South China Morning Post and has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Atlantic. Kelly is the mother of three children and splits her time between Hong Kong and San Francisco.
- Is there an in-person Book Fair this year?
- Can we still purchase books online?
- How do I get my books once I've ordered online?
- Are there gift cards this year?
- What is a “Wish List?”
- How do I share the Book Fair with my friends and family outside of the MCDS community?
- Can I shop for additional books on Bookshop.org that are not included on the MCDS lists?
- Can I still donate books to the library with my child's name on a placard inside?
- Can I read to my child’s class this year?
- Are there used books for sale this year?
- What does the money earned at the Book Fair go towards?
- What are the ways to support the MCDS Library financially?
- Luncheon FAQs
- Need Help?
Yes! The Book Fair will be in-person this year! Parent volunteers have been hard at work reading and selecting titles, and are eager to share their top picks with the students in the Library! All children's titles will be in stock at school for your children to shop during school hours and for your families to shop at Family Day on November 6. However, Adult books will be sold online at Bookshop.org. Adult book samples and parent selectors will be available on Family Day to help you learn more and build your shopping lists before purchasing online.
Yes! All selections from the Book Fair will be available online at Bookshop.org, which will donate 10% of sales to our Library. Please note, proceeds generated from on campus sales are higher than those made online. Plus, children have much more fun shopping in-person at the Book Fair than online!
Yes! We use pre-loaded gift cards for students to purchase books during their classroom visit to the Book Fair.
About student gift cards:
Students shop with a pre-loaded gift card during their classroom visit to the Book Fair.
Gift cards can be purchased at giftrocker.com/mcds and are only redeemable at the in-person book fair (not in our online store).
There is a wide range of price points for the books. Used books start as low as $1.
Most students find that a range of $25-$40 is enough to thoroughly enjoy the Book Fair experience.
Students at tuition levels below the top of the Index will receive information about Book Fair gift cards directly from the IT office. Please don't hesitate to talk with Keets Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions.
Students have the opportunity to fill out a Wish List if they choose. This list provides students a way to share the books they want with their families. If you are interested in purchasing books from their Wish List, we suggest that you do so either on campus at Family Day on November 6 or by visiting Bookshop.org to support the school with your purchases. Please note, we generate higher proceeds for the school from on campus sales versus online sales.
Please encourage your friends and family to purchase books through the Book Fair website at Bookshop.org. They will be able to see the curated selections of our volunteer readers by category and 10% of sales will be donated to our library. Another way family members can participate is by purchasing gift cards HERE for students to use during their class visits.
Yes! Click below to donate a book. The school librarian will then reach out to you directly with a list of books to choose from in which to enclose your child's placard.
You can also purchase a book for the library on Family Day.
The celebration of books, authors, and a love of reading are central to our MCDS experience and help to cultivate curious and empathetic learners. As the primary fundraiser for the MCDS Library, the Book Fair has helped to fill our shelves with over 29,000 books, support our dedicated library staff, and enhance the literacy journey for all of our students.
- Will I be able to ask questions of the speaker?
- YES! We will be collecting questions live during the luncheon via the "chat feature on zoom" We will have a short Q&A after the main portion of our event.
- What is a zoom social?
- Zoom socials are a fun way to connect with your friends at a "table" after the main portion of the luncheon concludes. You will be sent a link to a second zoom room based on your ticket purchase selections.
- Will the luncheon still benefit community partners?
- We are unable to continue this tradition during this year's virtual Luncheon. We look forward to welcoming this back next year at our in person event.
- I have questions about tickets or hosting a group room. Who do I ask?
- Please feel free to reach out to Jenny Adlam Gonzalez (email@example.com or 415-927-5973) in the MCDS Development office with any questions you may have.
Welcome to the 2021 MCDS Book Fair!
This is my favorite event at MCDS, and I am excited to share it with all of you, from those who have been attending for many years, to those who have not yet had the opportunity. Every year, our school community gathers in November to celebrate our collective love of books. This year, more than ever, we all crave that connection. The students will be able to attend with their classrooms and explore this year's selection in person as they have in years past. I cannot wait to see their joy in discovering the new books. Families will be able to shop the book fair as well, both online and at our November 6th Family Day on campus. Hundreds of parent volunteers have been carefully crafting this selection for months, and you will be amazed at the quality of their curated assortment. All sales will benefit our outstanding library. As we finally come together in the name of something we all hold dear, I am so grateful to be a part of this community that values learning and reading so highly. All of us working on the Book Fair cannot wait to see you there!
Suzanne Price, 2021 Book Fair Chair