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Book cover: "Hike"

Emily’s Picks: Books to read with (or without) kids

Librarian/mom recommends a cute kids' book and a fun romantic comedy.

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.

Book cover: "Party of Two"

What I’m Reading: “Party of Two” by Jasmine Guillory
Guillory writes funny, charming romantic comedies starring Black women. Lawyer Olivia Monroe moves back home to LA to start a law firm. Her first night back, she spends the evening flirting with a cute guy in a bar who turns out to be a California senator.

He’s head-over-heels; she’s not sure she’s ready for a relationship that pushes her into the spotlight. Jasmine Guillory has been topping bestseller lists since 2018 with “The Wedding Date,” so I’m a little late to the party, but I adore her books. The romantic leads are smart, funny and accomplished. They have careers, and friends they care about. In short, her characters feel like real people, and getting to spend a few hours with them as they fall in love is a treat.

If you like Guillory too, check out KCLS’ podcast “The Desk Set.” We had a chance to talk to her on the show about “Party of Two,” and that episode will be live soon!

Book cover: "Hike"

What We’re Reading: “Hike“ by Pete Oswald
On the first page of this nearly wordless book, a dad wakes his sleeping daughter in her still-dark bedroom.

She rubs her eyes and then leaps out of bed. The book follows the pair as they head out into the predawn for a hike. The mountainous landscape with pine trees looks distinctly Pacific Northwest, and we love spotting details like an eagle soaring over the family’s heads as they walk.

A perfect pick for preparing kids for their own hiking experiences.

Want more books to read with kids? Find more Emily’s Picks here.

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.