Seattle's Child

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Book picks: A lovely bedtime story with silly sound effects

Also: New from Louise Erdrich, an illuminating look at the times we're living in.

Book picks for kids (and adults):

Looking for some reading inspiration? Here’s a peek at what KCLS staff and the young readers in their lives are digging into this month!

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AdultsThe Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Tookie, an Ojibwe woman who works in an independent bookstore in Minneapolis, is at the center of this engrossing novel by acclaimed author Louise Erdrich. Mostly set during 2020, Tookie has a series of encounters with the ghost of a former customer while the city around her reckons with pandemic isolation and the murder of George Floyd. The layers of regret, grief, love and betrayal reveal the ways that individuals and communities can be haunted by their past transgressions. Readers new to Erdrich’s work and longtime fans alike will find “The Sentence” to be an illuminating take on the times we are living in.

KidsEverybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Oge Mora

On a quiet night, baby Izzie wakes up and cries, causing a neighbor’s parrot next door to squawk in surprise. This in turn wakes up a trio of kids who get out of their sleeping bags for a raucous game of flashlight tag. The domino effect continues from neighbor to neighbor until everyone in the building is awake. And then sleepy sounds are passed back around as the children fall asleep again. This is a lovely bedtime story with silly sound effects for extra read aloud fun.

More book picks for kids (and other book news):

Favorite kids’ books of local authors and educators

Combine kids’ books and real-life adventures around Seattle

How to start your own little free library

Dad Next Door: Harry Potter will set you free (from reading tedious bedtime stories to your kids)


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About the Author

Rekha Kuver

Librarian Rekha Kuver is the youth and family services manager for the King County Library System. As a reader, she likes characters with rich internal lives and settings with a vivid sense of time and place. When she’s not reading or listening to audiobooks, she’s making art or spending time outdoors.