What Bob Ferguson Reads With His Kids

Members of the Washington library community recently got to hear from state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who was a keynote speaker at the Washington Library Association's annual conference. He entertained us with stories from his childhood and updates on his work, but the highlight of his talk was when someone asked him what he's been reading lately during a question and answer session at the end. Here's what he had to say:

"I hate to say it, but most of my [personal reading] time is with the kids and their reading. You know, I cannot emphasize enough how much of a priority it is to read to my children. ... With each child, I have one-on-one books [to read] with them and [a book] I read to both of them."

Here's what he's been reading with his kids lately.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

"Last night, before catching my flight, we were reading Harry Potter. We're on the fifth book now, and [we've been] spacing out the books so the kids can age into them as [the books] get a little more mature as it goes on."

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

"With my kids, we've read all of them."

The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

"[Two books] I just finished that I would recommend to anyone who's got ten-year-olds. Those were just- love them, love them, love them. It was such a good book that I was reading to [my daughter] and [my son] started listening in while playing with his LEGOs, and he joined us on the couch."

Wild Born by Brandon Mull

"With [my son], he's big into books that have to deal with animals of any kind. So we read a lot of books about boys and their dogs, anything like that. So there's a series called The Spirit Animals, and there's multiple groups of those. So we're into that. We're into that pretty deep."

My Side of the Mountain

"The night we won the [injunction against the January 2017] travel ban, there was a lot of national media that night and I can remember literally cutting off the interviews, because I wanted to get home to read to my kids. [My son and I] were near the end of My Side of the Mountain, which was one of my favorite books as a kid, and he was expecting me home that night [to finish it]."

What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments!
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