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Book Picks: Celebrating special days, holiday traditions — and baking

Book reviews: Two great holiday reads featuring celebrations, traditions and food.

Book picks for kids (and adults):

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

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Adults: “Celebrate with Kim-Joy: Cute Cakes and Bakes to Make Every Occasion Joyful” by Kim-Joy

You might recognize Kim-Joy as a finalist on “The Great British Baking Show,” where she made cute, whimsical desserts and charmed audiences with her warmth and positivity. In her latest cookbook, she includes recipes for year-round celebrations of many kinds, from Christmas and Holi to birthdays and baby showers. The recipes have clear instructions and photos, and include some vegan and gluten-free options. The bright and quirky photographs will put you in the mood for revelry and cheer. There are 60 recipes in all, and each one is worthy of your next celebration.

Kids: “Our Favorite Day of the Year” by A.E. Ali, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell

Musa, Moises, Mo and Kevin are new friends in kindergarten. Their teacher, Ms. Gupta, says that the first day of school is her favorite day of the year. Ms. Gupta invites the students to tell each other about their favorite day. As this heartwarming story unfolds, we learn about a variety of family celebrations through the four friends. Musa talks about Eid, Moises talks about Christmas, Mo talks about Rosh Hashanah and Kevin talks about Pi Day. This sweet story about learning from friends is told through lovely, textured illustrations representing diverse families, and is a great way to introduce different holiday traditions to little ones.


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Originally published Dec. 12, 2021

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.