Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Northwest BookFest

If you’re reading this post, I’m going to guess you’re a book lover. And what better event for book lovers than a book festival? Happily, we Kirklanders don’t have to wait long. The Northwest BookFest will take place September 22-23 from 10am to 6pm. Events will take place at the Kirkland Public Library, Peter Kirk Park, and the Kirkland Performance Center. This week’s recommendations feature three books that celebrate reading. Reading alone and reading with others. Reading to family and reading to friends. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


Lola Read to Leo by Anna McQuinn, Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Charlesbridge Publishing, 978-1580894043


Lola loves to read. Her day always ends with a story read by her parents. In the newest Lola installment, Lola’s family is getting ready for a new baby. Everyone is busy with the new baby and even Lola helps out. But it is never “too busy to end the day with a story for the best big sister of all.”




The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

Philomel, 978-0399247491


Henry is a book lover, but not like you and me. He loves books because he loves to eat them! Not only do they taste good, but he finds that when he eats them he gets smarter. But then things go very wrong. Henry eats so many books that he feels sick and information is all jumbled. He stops eating books, but then he doesn't know what to do. So he picks up a book and begins reading it. And it's good! Now Henry has a new plan to become the smartest person in the world, it just might take him a bit longer.


Will You Read to Me? by Denys Cazet

Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 978-1416909354


This is the story of a pig who just wants someone to read to him. But no one in his family will. So he goes to the pond and begins reading to his reflection. He believes no one is listening, but when he finishes he hears the forest animals say, “Will you read to us?” This story not only celebrates the written word, but also lets kids know that there are people out there who will appreciate their unique efforts and talents.