The Sweetest Kulu | written by Celina Kalluk | illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis | read by Library staff member Shay Kelley
The library's own Shay Kelley reads The Sweetest Kulu, a "beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk" (Description from publisher). Reading level: baby to 3 years.
Listen to author Kalluk singing "Daylight Remains," a song containing a combination of Inuit and throat singing.
The Boy and the Bindi | written by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera | read by librarian Sam Sermeño
How Groundhog's Garden Grew | written by Lynne Cherry | read by Librarian Hara Brook
Librarian Hara Brook reads this picture book that introduces how plants grow. Suggested audience: 4-8 years. Note that this story briefly mentions the Thanksgiving holiday. We occupy the stolen lands of indigenous peoples. Here in South King County, this is the stolen land of the Duwamish and the Coastal Salish, among other groups. The white version of Thanksgiving, we know, isn't the same as that of indigenous peoples'. Indigenous people have always been stewards of the land, farmed, raised animals, and still to this day, fight for their land and protection of it from exploitation, pollution, and theft.
Stellaluna | written and illustrated by Jannell Cannon | read by Communication Studies Faculty Laura Manning
Never Tease a Weasel | written by Jean Conder Soule
Communication Studies faculty member Laura Manning reads Stellaluna, a picture book about a lost baby fruit bat and their struggles to fit in. Reading level: 4 to 7 years. Special bonus content: Never Tease a Weasel.
My Hair is a Garden | written and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera
Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged | written by Zetta Elliott | illustrated by Purple Wong
In honor of Black History Month, Umoja student ambassador Bontu Balda and Library Director Gerie Ventura share two favorite stories celebrating Black, African American, and African storytelling with campus. Bontu reads My hair is a garden, a picture book celebrating natural Black hair. (Reading level: 4 to 7 years.)
Gerie reads Benny doesn’t like to be hugged, a children’s book that encourages children to appreciate and accept our differences. (Reading level: 8 to 12 years.)
Listening to my body : a guide to helping kids understand the connection between sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need | written by Gabi Garcia; illustrated by Ying Hui Tan | read by Library Director Gerie Ventura
Library Director Gerie Ventura shares this book that guides children through the practice of naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them. Grade level 3 - 7. Reading level: 8 - 12 years.
The Snowy Day | written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats | read by Librarian Katie Straton
Librarian Katie Straton shares a family favorite read with The Snowy Day, a picture book about the magic of snow. Reading level: 4-7 years.