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Emily's Picks: Books to make you (and your kids) laugh and make you think

Read what you love: Picks from a librarian and mom



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 I’m reading: "Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death" by Caitlin Doughty. Celebrity mortician Doughty collects and answers real questions from young fans in her thought-provoking and hilarious style. If your child has ever asked if they can have your skull after you die, this one's for you.

What we're reading: "Another" by Christian Robinson. Speaking of thought-provoking! This wordless picture book follows a little girl and her cat on a surreal nighttime adventure. The bold and colorful illustrations feature diverse kids and give my daughter and me lots to talk about.


Check out the September edition of our Book Corner newsletter, a partnership with KCLS.

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 husband and toddler.

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Emily Calkins, King County Library System