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Emily’s Picks: a must-read for young animal lovers, a surreal look at parenting


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


What we’re reading: “Hello Hello” by Brendan Wenzel. “Hello Hello Black and White,” begins this deceptively simple book. Wenzel introduces big ideas with few words, connecting a parade of animals through similarities like color, pattern and sound. Joyful illustrations accompany a rhythmic, but never boring, text. A must-read for young animal lovers, and a great source of inspiration for Halloween costumes!


What I’m reading: “The Need” by Helen Phillips. Phillips’ novel is a deeply unsettling and surreal look at the all-consuming intensity of parenting small children. Her evocative writing earned “The Need” a nomination for this year’s National Book Award. It’s best to go into this one without knowing too much — except that it’s terrifying, moving and very, very strange.



About the Author

Emily Calkins, King County Library System