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Emily’s Picks: a charming Hanukkah read for families

December book picks from a KCLS librarian and mom of 2.

When fellow parents ask how I find time to read with a newborn and toddler 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.

What I’m Reading: “The Duke Who Didn’t” by Courtney Milan 
For the last decade, Jeremy Wentworth, Duke of Lansing, has ditched his royal identity and snuck away from his duties to attend an annual festival set in the village of Wedgeford—but he’s missed the last three years. Chloe Fong has plans for her life, and since Jeremy stopped showing up for the festival, they no longer include him. Now he’s back and determined to woo her. But first, he must reveal his true identity. Milan’s delightful books are filled with characters to root for and fascinating historical detail. The author’s note includes a history of soy sauce in England, and information about how Milan’s family history inspired Chloe and Jeremy’s story.

What We’re Reading:“All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah” by Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky

This picture book features the All-of-a-Kind Family, first introduced to readers in the chapter book series by Sydney Taylor. As a kid, I loved Taylor’s books, which feature five Jewish sisters growing up in New York City in the early 1900s. This picture book focuses on the youngest sister, Gertie, who is repeatedly told she’s too little to help with the latkes. A charming Hanukkah read.

Find more book picks 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.