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Emily's Picks: A great holiday book — and a fun read for parents, too!


When fellow parents ask how I find time to read with a toddler at home, I tell them I read what I love! Here's a peek at what I’m enjoying and what my child and I are reading together, because finding books they love will help your kids read more, too.


What I’m reading: “Daisy Jones & the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I hit a serious reading slump last month, but this story about a 1970s-era It Girl and the rock ‘n’ roll band she joins, and then upends, pulled me right out of it. There’s a reason it appears on our Best Books of 2019 list, after all! It’s fiction, framed as an oral history, and Reid makes the most of the format by playing into the characters' very different recollections of the same event. And an all-star vocal cast, led by Jennifer Beals and Pablo Schreiber, makes this story especially wonderful as an audiobook. 

What we’re reading: “I Got the Christmas Spirit” by Connie Schofield-Morrison, with illustrations by her husband, Frank Morrison. We’re always looking for new Christmas books to add to the December rotation at our house, and this joyful pick is a recent hit. Join an exuberant little girl and her mom as they explore their city, encountering the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas. The book ends with a warm reminder that, “peace for all, good tidings and cheer” are at the heart of the season.

Emily Calkins is the readers' services program coordinator for the King County Library System, where she specializes in connecting readers with stories, authors and each other. She is also the co-host of the library’s podcast, The Desk Set. As a reader, she likes flawed characters, atmospheric world-building, and anything with a slow-burn romance. When she’s not reading or listening to audiobooks, she’s cooking, gardening and spending time with her husband and toddler.


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