student looking through library booksWe are excited to partner with Valley Bookseller and Usborne Books for the annual MPA Book Festival—Virtual 2020! The MPA Book Festival is a beloved tradition sponsored by the MPA Parents Association, and we are looking forward to making it possible virtually. As always, the proceeds from the Book Festival sales (10% of sales from Valley Bookseller and 50% credit of total sales from Usborne Books) support local bookstores, MPA teachers, classrooms and library. New for this year, proceeds will also provide books to Breakthrough Twin Cities to support their summer literature experiences. Breakthrough is the amazing college access program that operates at MPA on Saturdays and throughout the summer, to support highly motivated, yet under-resourced students and families.

Throughout the week of the Book Festival, there will be special events including author readings, Middle and Lower School book pair-ups, Book Festival partner highlights, and more! And although we are disappointed that we cannot hold the Book Festival in person, there is a silver lining. MPA families are not limited to what the sellers bring to the school or what they have on store shelves; any book that is available through their distributor can be part of the Book Festival.

Valley Bookseller Ordering Information:
Families should place their orders online at Orders must include “MPA” in the notes section when placing the order so they can track those orders for the donation. Books will be shipped via the USPS: Priority Mail costs $7 and arrives in just 2-3 days after books arrive in their store. Media Mail is only $4 and will take 5-7 days.

Usborne Books Ordering Information:
Please use this link with the book fair and ordering information exclusively for MPA. Books will be shipped from the Usborne warehouse. The cost of shipping is $6 up to $75, then 8% of the order after that.

If you have any questions about this year’s Virtual Book Festival, please contact Erin Dimopoulous, chair, at

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