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Book picks: ‘Rainbow Hands’ teaches about colors — and much more

For adults, a love story that's coming to the big screen

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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AdultsMy Policeman, by Bethan Roberts 

This devastating and passionate love story set in 1950s England revolves around Tom, a young policeman, who is the center of a love triangle with schoolteacher Emma and museum curator Patrick. Told from the alternate perspectives of Emma and Patrick, who are both in love with Tom, the novel exposes the wounds of a repressive society and explores the ways that love can endure. Roberts’ contemplative work of fiction is based on the relationship between novelist E.M. Forster and married couple Bob and May Buckingham. The novel’s film adaptation will be released this fall. 

KidsRainbow Hands, by Mamta Nainy, illustrated by Jo Loring-Fisher 

A young boy joyfully describes colors through his favorite nail polish. Purple is the color of magic and mystery. White is the color of endless possibilities. He uses color to both celebrate his feelings and reflect on the natural world. “Rainbow Hands” is a bright and summery book that helps reinforce color concepts, while encouraging self-expression and acceptance.

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

“Carpenter’s Helper” a heartwarming story about nature

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.