Shop the Primary School Book Fair:
Sunday at the Middle School: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
 Monday & Tuesday: 8:00am to 3:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am to 12:00pm

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Kids love getting autographed books! You must pre-order books for authors to sign during their visit. Pre-order your copies below.

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Sunday, November 4th Premier Event - Open to the Public

Meet Derrick Barnes! 

MKA Middle School (201 Valley Road) | Shop: 12-4pm | Author Speaks: 2pm

Derrick D. Barnes is from Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BA degree in Marketing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which recently won the 2018 EZRA JACK KEATS AWARD. It was also a HUGE winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home FOUR Honor awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Newbery Honor, and the Caldecott Honor.


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Read More About Derrick Barnes

His first two books were published by Scholastic; Stop Drop and Chill, and The Low Down Bad Day Blues.  His first YA novel, The Making of Dr. Truelove was published by Simon Pulse which was recognized by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick For Reluctant Readers. He is also the author of the best selling chapter book series entitled Ruby and the Booker Boys (Scholastic). His 2011  middle grade hardcover classic We Could Be Brothers was rereleased in paperback in 2017 by Just Us Books. Prior to becoming a published author, Derrick wrote best-selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines and was the first African American male staff writer for the company. He is the owner of a creative copy writing company, Say Word Creative Communications.  He is also the creator of the popular blog Raising The Mighty, where he ‘chronicles the experience of bringing up four beautiful Black boys in America’. His next book, entitled The King of Kindergarten, will be published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin. Derrick resides in Charlotte, NC with his enchanting wife, Dr. Tinka Barnes and their four sons, Ezra, Solomon, Silas, and Nnamdi (Nom-dee).

Monday, November 5th

Back in 1985, Jerry Pallotta was an insurance salesman, looking for creative ways to teach his children their ABCs. He wondered why most of the alphabet books he was reading to them sounded very similar, “A is for apple,” and “Z is for zebra.” During his childhood he spent many summers at the beach. Was there a way to combine his passion for the underwater world and teach children the alphabet? At the age of 32, his imaginative ideas led to him to write and publish his very first book, “The Ocean Alphabet Book.” Today, Mr Pallotta has written over 20 alphabet books, plus he created the famous “Who Would Win?” Series, pitting one species of animal head-to-head versus another! 

Monday, November 5th - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

 Don't Miss PJ Nite!

Children can wear their PJ's for a giant party! Snuggle up with a book, and settle in for a real live magic show.

Parents can shop hands-free while your little ones enjoy, movies, popcorn, crafts, and more. 

Tuesday, November 6th

Born and raised in Mexico City to architect parents, Rafael López was immersed in the rich visual heritage, music and surrealism of his native culture. Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist. His 2018 picture book release, “The Day You Begin,” written by Jacqueline Woodson, is a New York Times #1 Picture Books Bestseller. In 2017 he was awarded the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for his work on “Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics.” In 2012, he was selected by the Library of Congress to create the National Book Festival poster. The illustrations created by López bring diverse characters to children’s books and he is driven to produce and promote books that reflect and honor the lives of all young people. 

Tuesday, November 6th

Yesenia was born in the U.S. to a Dominican father and a Mexican mother. She loves everything about the Spanish language and its culture. Her parents always taught her to embrace her upbringing and they are her inspiration for this book. That’s why “Mis Actividades Favoritas - En Casa” is based on her most familiar place - home. As a mother and an MKA Middle School Spanish Teacher, Yesenia truly believes that introducing any language at an early age is crucial for language development. 

Yesenia's book will be available for purchase at the fair. 

Wednesday, November 7th

Mac Barnett is a New York Times-bestselling author of stories for children. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and sold more than one million copies in the United States. His picture books include two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: “Sam & Dave Dig a Hole,” which also won the E.B White Read-Aloud Award, and “Extra Yarn,” which won both the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award. “Leo: A Ghost Story,” illustrated by Christian Robinson, and “The Skunk,” illustrated by Patrick McDonnell, were named two of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2015 by The New York Times. Mac's novels include the “Brixton Brothers” mysteries and “The Terrible Two” series. He lives in Oakland, California.

Questions? Contact:

Becki Hirsh | Erica Amsinger

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Before October 31st! Take Care of These 3 Items:

  1. Kids love getting autographed books! Choose a visiting author and pre-order your copies today.
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About Faculty Tea

Book Fair is one way we give thanks to our teachers & administrators. At The Faculty Tea teachers will:

  • Preview new books on the fair
  • Recommend age appropriate reading for our kids
  • Shop using Gift Certificates

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MKA loves our Faculty! Don’t forget to buy a personal gift certificate for a staffer by October 31st, so your favorites can shop at The Faculty Tea!