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Emily’s Book Picks: ‘B is for Baby,’ is a sweet and fun story

Plus, a juicy suburban thriller, perfect for vacation reading.

Book picks for kids (and adults):

When fellow parents ask how I find time to read with a toddler and a preschooler at home, I tell them I read what I love! Here’s a peek at what I’m enjoying and what my children and I are reading together, because finding books they love will help your kids read more too.

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What I’m Reading:

“Such a Quiet Place” by Megan Miranda

Hollow’s Edge used to be a tight-knit neighborhood, the sort of place where everyone knows and looks out for each other. That changed when Ruby Fletcher, a young woman from town, was charged with murdering the couple in the house next door. Now Ruby is out of prison and back in Hollow’s Edge. Her return dredges up secrets the others would rather forget. Told over the course of one long summer week, this juicy suburban thriller is ideal vacation reading.



Book picks for kids: What We’re Reading

book picks for kidsB is for Baby” by Atinuke, illustrated by Angela Brooksbank

Each page of this funny, engaging book introduces a “b” word: “B is for baby. B is for bananas.” In the accompanying pictures, a baby climbs into a basket of bananas and stows away with her brother on a bike ride to Baba’s house. Brooksbank’s lively illustrations show a West African village populated by people who adore the story’s mischievous young heroine. Both of my kids enjoy “B is for Baby.” For the little one, focusing on a single sound is great for language development. And the letter repetition supports pre-literacy skills for the older one. Plus, it’s a sweet and fun story!



Find more book picks for kids from Emily Calkins here

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About the Author

Emily Calkins

Emily Calkins is the readers' services program coordinator for the King County Library System, where she specializes in connecting readers with stories, authors and each other. She is also the co-host of the library’s podcast, The Desk Set. As a reader, she likes flawed characters, atmospheric world-building, and anything with a slow-burn romance. When she’s not reading or listening to audiobooks, she’s cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.