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A great (and pretty!) springtime read for kids, an adventuresome page-turner for adults


When fellow parents ask how I find time to read with a newborn and toddler at home, I tell them I read what I love! Here's a peek at what I’m enjoying and what my children and I are reading together, because finding books they love will help your kids read more too. Both of these titles, and many more, are available as eBooks or audiobooks in KCLS’ digital collection.

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What I’m reading: “Sea Wife” by Amity Gaige

In this compulsively readable portrait of a complicated marriage, a family with two young children sets off in a 44-foot-long sailboat to explore the Caribbean for a year. The wife reflects on the voyage after the family’s return; ship’s log entries written during the trip reveal her husband’s side of the story. The alternating point of view gives both characters depth. As the story unspools, it’s clear that something has gone very wrong on their journey, and I was desperate to figure out what. The novel's propulsive plot and compelling characters make “Sea Wife” nearly impossible to put down. If you’ve been dreaming lately of leaving everything behind to take your family on an extended adventure, this one’s for you.


What we’re reading: “Bloom Boom!” by April Pulley Sayre

Sayre’s celebration of flowering plants is a great springtime read. Each couplet in the poetic text is followed by, “Bloom, boom!” which my preschooler loves to say with me as we’re reading aloud. The photos range from close-ups of unfurling leaves and bees on lupine flowers, to landscapes covered in wildflower blossoms. We’re enjoying this one now, and we’ll revisit it this summer during Washington’s wildflower 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 family.