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Book picks for kids: ‘Van Dog’ sets out for a quiet day of painting, then …

And "Inciting Joy" is a series of heartfelt essays by an award-winning poet.

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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Adults: Inciting Joy, by Ross Gay
These twelve heartfelt essays by prizewinning poet Ross Gay examine the act of creating and sustaining joy through the lens of his life experiences. Through meandering observations that focus on the ways that care and community can lead to joy, Gay’s evocative language and wide-ranging topics grapple with personal history and grief, while also managing to be bright and full of humor. Gay poses that joy and sorrow must coexist, and his writing illustrates this in the way that both are seamlessly woven together.

Kids: Van Dog, by Mikołaj Pasiński, illustrated by Gosia Herba
Van Dog rides their bike to the park one morning to paint with an easel and art supplies. What should be a calm, quiet day turns into the opposite when talkative creatures emerge. They interrupt Van Dog with questions as the park gets busier and louder throughout the day. Each page is chaotic and colorful, and worms, ants, frogs and other animals lie hidden in the flora, waiting to be found by observant readers. This is the perfect picture book for those who like to get lost in the details of intricate illustrations.


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

“Carpenter’s Helper” a heartwarming story about nature

In “Group Hug,” adorable animals teach a lesson about feelings

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.