Meet Kimberly: Queen Anne resident and QABC Super Fan! Kimberly's taste in books is somewhat quirky. (As evidenced by her list of recommendations below.) Children's books are forever close to her heart and comprise a hefty percentage of her home library. Memoirs and anything with humor is sure to be found on her nightstand. But the common thread through her favorites is a story that engages her heart and inspires her to grow.
The author draws from his personal teenage experience to tell this raw fictional story of male body image, steriod use, lies of Hollywood action stars and toxic masculinity. I was riveted by the main character's pursuit of body building and how it effected his self esteem, academics, finances, and relationships with friends and family. This is a fantastic read for anyone interested in understading the pressures of body image on boys and men in our society.
This story is told by two award-winning, New York Times bestselling authors who speak authentically about their differing cultures. Teenagers Maya and Jamie reforge their long lost friendship during the summer while they volunteer for a local political campaign. Despite their different religions, their friendship blossoms into a crush while they bolster each others' confidence in using their voices within their families and community. Funny, awkward, sweet, and empowering.
Gorgeous! Each of the fifty hand rendered illustrations are so lusciously drawn that you will swear they are actually photographs. Accompanying each illustration is a brief description of the sea animal itself, it's habitat, interesting facts and quick tips on where to find the animals yourself. This is a fantastic book to inspire your next walk along our beautiful coast at low tide. Although you will find this book in our science section I see it being a wonderful guide for families with elementary school aged children as well.
If you enjoy reading the Seattle newspaper "The Stranger" you will cackle with delight while reading "The Witches Are Coming". Lindy West is incisive, wickedly funny (sometimes sophomoric) and searingly frank.
I am thrilled that this book is still in publication! My heart bubbles with the anticipation and joy of Christmas every time I read this book. Join Little Bear's family as they countdown to Christmas through the iconic smells and activities of the season: baking an apple pie, walking through the snowy woods, cutting down a pine tree, decorating with candy canes, baking gingerbread cookies, singing carols, drinking hot chocolate. And did I mention this is a scratch and sniff book? That's right people, Scratch & Sniff!
During this season filled with holiday parties, this is the perfect book to remind you of how to get your groove on. The delightful illustrations inspire you to be playful, cut loose, make up your own moves, and celebrate movement. I dare you to read this book and not jump up and dance around. Remember, it simply isn't a party without dancing!
What a clever and realistic accounting of how we demonstrate what it looks like to stand up and be a true friend: through sickness and health, through buggers and bullies, swiping pocket change and wiping out on skateboards, first crushes and first kisses. This story is told through ten vignettes of individual kids who are connected by the neighborhood in which they live as each kid makes their way home after school.
Are you in need of a story with a happy ending? How about half a dozen? Colin Butcher, Former Royal Navy officer and Detective Inspector of the Surrey Police, left the police force and founded the United Kingdom Pet Detective Agency in England. He chronicles the grit and animal behavioral science he employed to accomplish what people said could not be done: train a rescue cocker spaniel to track and locate specific missing cats. This story is layered with personal determination, animal science, mischievous animal antics, mystery, deep love for pets, and joyful reunions.
Prepare to be amazed! The events and people in Jeannine Gaffigan's life that lead to the detection of her pear sized brain tumor, it's surgical removal and her recovery is miraculous. I was astonished by the serendipity of the most critical points of her medical crisis. But her journey of letting go, letting others in, and finding the funny in this frightening saga is inspiring and holds deep lessons. Jeannie is one of the most successful contemporary comedy writers in the U.S. and she brings her humor to every chapter in this resilient memoir.
This parody is perfect for adult fans of the children's picture book series, "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie". You will laugh, possibly cry, and if you are like me you will breathe a sigh of relief when it is all over. The illustrations are filled with detail to deepen the laughs (or tears). In the end it is a comforting reminder that "this too shall pass."
I dare to say that you will be invigorated by reading “Naturally Tan” by Tan France. His signature honesty, cheeky sense of humor, and clear voice are a restorative tonic. When I need a soulful pick-me-up, this is the book I reread over and over again.
My experience reading this memoir is reminiscent of a fantastic visit with my closest of friends: heartwarming, comforting, funny, uplifting, motivational. Lori Gottlieb’s journey of personal discovery along her path of becoming a therapist is at turns vulnerable, self-effacing, and humorous. Her stories illuminate how we naturally evolve and grow emotionally alongside those to whom we actively and deeply listen.
During the summer in her coastal New England hometown, 13-year-old Lucy Everheart discovers how to survive profound change through the love of her neighbors and friends, her clever wit, and a new passion for exploring the biology of great white sharks. Rich, tender, and fascinating this my new favorite book!
In this relatable story, 12-year-old Jude learns how to reconcile her feelings of simultaneous happiness and sadness as a result of moving from her home town in Syria to her new home in the Cincinnati. It is a story of kindness, prejudice, and the triumph of believing in yourself. Lovely and inspiring.
My face hurts every time I reread this book! If I am not grinning or giggling I am guffawing. David's vulnerability and love for his family abound in equal measure to his humor in this collection of personal essays revolving around health, family and mortality. Once again David Sedaris has written a book that has me coming back for more.
What a fun read! Norris is a self-described Black French Canadian teenager who moves from Canada to its polar opposite: Austin, Texas. Norris's lightning-quick wit and acerbic cynicism had me laughing through every chapter while he navigates the classic stereotypes and humiliations of high school. Through his journey, he discovers the profound truth of who he is and who his new classmates are ... possibly friends.
I am deeply moved by this lovely, sensitive, reverent middle grade novel! If you have a tweenager in your life, I consider The Moon Within a must-read. All of the feelings of being awkward, self-conscious, and conflicted during puberty are elegantly uncovered as the adolescent characters ask themselves, “How do I see myself?” and “How do I want to be seen and acknowledged by my friends, family, and community?” The heartfelt intentionality of the parents to genuinely see and honor the two main adolescent characters is inspiring– as are the youths as they find the courage to stand in their truth and stand up for one another.
This is one of my top two favorite books to celebrate a graduation or to encourage you to take that next big step. Leslie Odom J.R. offers usable guidance, encouragement, and inspiration for teens and adults who feel they are on the cusp of something big. Postive, empowering and motivating; I felt like Leslie was my own personal cheerleader reminding me of the positive steps I have already taken and what I already know to spur me on to my goal.
This is one of my two favorite books to give as a graduation present, or for anyone ready to "take the next step". Balancing between cheerful pragmatism and soulful spirituality, Gilbert inspires us to uncover the "strange jewels" that are hidden within each of us: pursue a dream long deferred, or simply allow more passion and mindfulness into our everyday life. Big Magic illuminates the of wonder and joy of creativity.
"Emily is not intentionally loud--she just can't help it, and it seems like there's nowhere she fits in, until the day she sees a ship with a sign that asks for "loud help." So Emily sets out for an adventure on the high seas, where perhaps there is a place for her after all." The lovely full-color illustrations are rich with detail and charming in composition. Emily is exemplary in her choice to embrace what is different about herself without shame and find a place where her uniqueness is valued and celebrated. This book has a prized place in my personal library and has remainded one of my favorite children's books for the past 18 years.