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Emily's Picks: What a librarian is reading with her toddler, and on her own

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: "Red, White, and Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston. McQuiston's witty romance stars the prince of England and the biracial, policy-wonk son of the U.S. president. Charming, escapist fun.

What we’re reading: "Otto and Pio" by Marianne Dubuc. This sweet picture book about a squirrel and an unexpected visitor is a current bedtime favorite. Both the story and Dubuc’s elegant illustrations feel timeless, and there's just enough repetition to keep my toddler engaged.


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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