The President Goes Book Shopping – and Holiday Joy!

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President Obama participated in Small Business Saturday by going to Politics and Prose, a highly-regarded independent bookstore in Washington, D.C.  He was accompanied by his two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and judging from the “official” list of purchases, it looks like they were buying books for themselves and a few to give away.

Here’s the list:

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business by Barbara Park (this must be for a young friend – maybe someone with a new baby in the family since in this installment of the popular series, Junie has a new baby brother.)

A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More by Doreen Cronin

I Spy Sticker Book and Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo


Nuts to You by Lynn Rae Perkins (This is on my list to read over the holidays. A few kids have reported back that it is awesome!)

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (I hope this is the Obama family’s holiday read-aloud. Woodson’s memoir in verse is the best book published for young readers in 2014 – actually one of the best in general)

Redwall by Brian Jacques (It looks like Sasha is starting a new series)

Mossflower by Brian Jacques

Mattimeo by Brian Jacques


Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell (so happy to see this on their list – one of my favorite books of the past year. If you still need a gift for a reader between the ages of 9 and 12, consider Rundell’s beautiful novel)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize)

The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (No surprise here – one of the most beautiful and memorable novels I’ve ever read. My husband just started it last night and I even felt a bit jealous that he was entering the special universe of that book for the first time.)

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad


Nora Webster by Colm Toibin (I’m reading this right now!)

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

On another holiday note….

One of our teachers brought a little “joy” into the Library by making this sparkling decoration for us:



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