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Book picks for kids: An uplifting new Sandra Boynton book

"Woo Hoo! You're Doing Great!" is a great pick-me-up for all ages.

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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For adults:

The Enchanted Hacienda, by J.C. Cervantes

Harlow Estrada is having a terrible day. In 24 hours, she lost her dream job in New York City and dumped her boyfriend. Demoralized, she retreats to her family’s home in El Viento, Mexico to find solace. Every Estrada family member wields their own special magic, enhanced by the flowers surrounding their ancestral farm. That is, everyone except for Harlow. So, when the family business is unexpectedly entrusted to Harlow, she panics. After a couple mistakes and wrong turns, she learns to open her heart and finally begins to bloom. Full of love, magic and family, this enchanting read conjures memories of the movie Encanto, which is also available at KCLS.

For kids:

Woo Hoo! You’re Doing Great! By Sandra Boynton

Everyone needs a pat on the back and words of encouragement to remind us we’re doing our best. For trying times that bring stress and self-doubt, readers can turn to a boisterous chicken cheerleader who shouts in exuberant verse that it’s okay to make mistakes (I’m looking at you, perfectionists)! From fan favorite author-illustrator Sandra Boynton, this picture book appeals to both preschoolers and adults, making it a great gift for anyone who needs a little self-care. The next time a friend is down, give them a hearty thumbs up and a loud, “Woo Hoo! You’re doing great!” to lift their spirits! 


Jenna Zarzycki is an adult services librarian at KCLS who works in south King County. She adores talking about books to anyone who will listen and regularly contributes to KCLS’ BookMatch and booklist services. Jenna likes fantasy, romance and narrative nonfiction best, although any book has the possibility to become a new favorite. KCLS Children’s Librarian Robin Howe serves her Kent Library community with tuneful Story Times and creative programs. She enjoys connecting young patrons to KCLS’ rich resources, and when she’s not reading aloud or jumping up and down to Sleeping Bunnies, she’s probably knitting, traveling or making soup


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About the Author

Jenna Zarzycki and Robin Howe