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Emily’s Book Picks: ‘Goodnight, Veggies’ is a wonderful bedtime story

Also, Seattle author's reflections on parenting and feminism.

Book picks for kids (and adults): When fellow parents ask how I find time to read with a baby 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. Both of these titles, and many more, are available as eBooks or audiobooks in KCLS’ digital collection.  And with modified in-building services being offered at some libraries now, physical copies can either be picked up inside now, or at a contactless Curbside to Go spot or 24/7 locker.

What I’m Reading:

How to Raise a Feminist Son” by Sonora Jha
Seattle University professor Jha’s new book is part memoir, part parenting guide. In it, she recounts her own introduction to feminism, and her attempt — as a single parent and an immigrant — to raise her son Gibran as feminist. Jha is a frank and funny writer. She’s not afraid to highlight her own successes and failures, and her love for her son shines on every page. Chapters conclude with concrete “to do’s,” but Jha’s thoughtful reflections throughout the book are just as useful. (Read more about the book and author here.)

What We’re Reading:

Goodnight, Veggies” by Diana Murray and Zachariah OHora
It’s gardening season! This wonderful bedtime book takes young readers on a sleepy sunset stroll in the garden, passing “tuckered-out tomatoes” and “droopy pods of peas.” With its short, rhyming text, “Goodnight, Veggies” works as a read aloud for toddlers, but the specific veggie vocabulary makes it fun for kids who are old enough to help out in the garden, too. Cheerful plants smile or snore on every page, and a friendly worm makes its way through the garden before curling up in bed as well. 

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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.