Story Time with Toni Yuly: The Whole Wide World and Me

Saturday, April 6, 2019 – 11:00am


Join us for a special story time at Browsers with author-illustrator Toni Yuly at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 6.

A bold, joyful picture book for the very young shows that the natural world is full of wonders — and each of us is a small part of that.

Like a flower in a field . . .
Like a cloud in the sky . . .
So am I.

Just as a pebble is part of a mountain, just as a wave is part of the sea, so, too, is every one of us part of something bigger. With bright collage illustrations and a simple, lyrical text, acclaimed author-illustrator Toni Yuly invites readers to celebrate our relationship to the natural world.


Toni Yuly is the creator of the picture books Thank You, BeesThe Jelly Bean TreeCat NapNight Owland Early BirdAfter many years as a librarian, she now dedicates herself to designing, painting, and writing all day. She lives in Bremerton, Washington.

First We Make the Beast Beautiful

Kathryn’s Staff Pick:

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First We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson

I wish I’d read this book sooner. As someone who has struggled with daily anxiety since childhood, it was long overdue. Wilson offers no answers but plenty of tips and tricks for easing anxiety and, more importantly, altering the way one thinks of anxiety. The book is written as a series of notes, conversational in tone, making it more accessible than academic.

A Rather Haunted Life

Kathryn’s Staff Pick:

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A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin

Biography at its finest. I couldn’t put it down. As a Jackson fan, I was delighted to learn more about the author of my favorites The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and The Lottery. As a woman, I was heartbroken to learn how sexism and misogyny affected Jackson. As a writer, I was hooked by Franklin’s prose, so moved by the narrative she made of Jackson’s life that I cried, laughed, and sighed as I read. Recommended for Jackson fans, biography lovers, and writers.

An Unkindness of Ghosts

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An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

I could not put this book down. Life on the ship Matilda is brutal. Picture an antebellum plantation set in space. But there is beauty here too. Solomon’s prose is lyrical and profound. Their greatest strength is their characterization – Aster, Theo, Giselle, and the Sovereign will stick with you. I loved the gender variance and queerness in this book, as well as the commentary on race and class. Recommended for fans of N.K. Jemisin.

No Mud No Lotus

Clare’s Staff Pick:

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No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh

In his typical sparse, soothing, minimalist tone, Thich Nhat Hanh shares his knowledge of welcoming suffering and pain as friend and teacher. Instead of running or hiding from bad feelings, Hanh suggests that we acknowledge them. Instead of pushing them away, we can sit with them to understand what feeds them, and in doing so, generate compassion and understanding for our own suffering and the suffering of others. Instead of dreading bad feelings, we can welcome them because they are what make good feelings feel good. This is at the heart of the title, for we cannot have the beautiful, fragrant lotus flower without the ugly, smelly mud, which sweetly feeds roots. Hanh offers meditations, breathing exercises and poetic wisdom that will leave you softly smiling and joyfully present.

Haiku On Steroids Workshop with Seattle Poet Michael Dylan Welch

Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Poets and poetry lovers looking to experiment with haiku, join us for a generative workshop with Seattle poet Michael Dylan Welch. We’ll cover what haiku really IS, in North America and Japan, which is not what most people think it is (no, you don’t have to count syllables). Then, with that as a baseline, we’ll explore ways to break as many rules as we can. Taboo topics, concrete word arrangements, whatever you can think of. Exploring an imagistic focus with haiku can also help your longer poetry or fiction. Are you in? Cost of the workshop is $30. Email Elise at to sign-up, or with any questions.

Michael Dylan Welch is the founder of National Haiku Writing Month (, longtime officer of Haiku Northwest, and cofounder of the Haiku North America conference and the American Haiku Archives at the California State Library. His haiku, longer poems, translations, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies in at least twenty languages. One of his translations appeared on the back of a 150 million United State postage stamps. His website is