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Book picks: ‘How to Write a Poem’ will inspire you

For adults, a fantastical, immersive tale for lovers of the ocean.

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:

A Letter to the Luminous Deep by Sylvie Cathrall

E. is a recluse who lives in a famous underwater house. When E. observes fish behaving oddly, she timidly reaches out to famous scholar Henerey Clel. Their correspondence gradually blossoms into a romance. Then, a terrible seaquake sends the underwater house into the depths and both E. and Henerey vanish. A year later, their siblings piece E. and Henerey’s love story together through remaining letters, sketches and paraphernalia — and make a shocking discovery along the way. Sylvie Cathrall’s underwater world is full of whimsy, fantasy, scholars and strange arts. Highly recommend this immersive tale for ocean-loving readers who liked “Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries” by Heather Fawcett.

How to Write a Poem by Kwame Alexander and Deanna Nikaido

The authors and illustrator of “How to Write a Poem” hope to inspire you to put pen to paper in this fresh springtime read. First, ask a question. Then, listen to the world around you respond, especially to “anything that’s friends with the sun,” like grass, flowers and trees. When your imagination is ignited, invite words to “slide down your pencil.” Melissa Sweet’s dazzling collage art brings words to life, both with a how-to manual and a lyrical read-aloud for young poets. Author Kwame Alexander notes that poetry is a small but mighty tool to help children channel their emotions and build confidence.



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