“There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” Jacqueline Kennedy
At Seaport Books nothing makes us happier than introducing young readers to the joy of books. To see their eyes light up at a new release. To smile along with them at clever titles. And to hear their excitement as they share a review of their latest read. Putting books in the hands of eager young dreamers … can anything be more worthwhile?
A mother and two children came into the store. The boy, about 6, ran over to the newly expanded Children’s area and said, “Wow! Wow! Mom, look at this!”
A Soothing, Gentle Children’s Book:
My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World, Rebecca Bond, Salley Mavor. Poetry and fabric relief
illustrations as comforting as a homemade quilt. A perfect bedtime story and gentle introduction to other cultures. The illustrator recently visited our Quilt and Textile Museum.
BEST BOOK FOR GIVING:
The Highlights Book of How: Discover the Science Behind How the World Works. This highly visual, hands-on book showcases kid’s questions about things they wonder about. How was the moon formed? How does hair grow? There is a large article about dinosaurs with good activities kids can do. An introduction to critical thinking and the scientific methods of learning firsthand. For Ages 7 and up.
Curious Kids Nature Guide, Fiona Cohen, excellent illustrations and curious questions.
Explore the Salish Sea: A Nature Guide for Kids, Joseph Gaydos, Audrey Benedict
Common Backyard Birds, Doris Dumrauf, good pictures with how and where to look.
Inky’s Amazing Escape, Sy Montgomery, the acknowledged octopus behavior expert.
We now have three levels of picture books in Spanish. There is a vocabulary builder The Three Billy Goats Buenos, and bilingual editions of P.S. Boats Around Puget Sound, and El Pequeno Pez Blanco (The Little White Fish). All are ideal introductions to Spanish.
Kids Like Following a Character
Magic Tree House, many adventures await with Dinosaurs.
Before Dark, a beginning chapter book series. Age 6-9.
Choose Your Own Adventure, Shannon Gilligan, begins with The Lake Monster Mystery, age 6-9.
Amulet, The Stonekeeper, Kazu Kibuishi, graphic novels entice reluctant readers to explore, age 8-12.
Young adults can find lots of titles to keep them hanging on every word. From mystery and mayhem to science and fantasy, we love the talent and imagination that fills the pages of the myriad of books in our Young Adult section.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins. Soon to be in movie theaters this is a prequel to The Hunger Games, Mockingjay and Catching Fire and is the exciting beginning of the popular trilogy.
Dav Pilkey suffered from dyslexia and ADHD as a kid, so he’s the perfect author to reach reluctant readers. His Dog Man series (ten books so far) are in a graphic novel format and they are hilarious and engaging. Know someone who doesn’t care about reading? Dog Man may change their mind!
We love hearing suggestions from young readers on new titles and encouraging their exploration of topics. At the core of a good bookstore is helping minds of all ages to expand. We believe in Jacqueline Kennedy’s quote at the top of this page. And here’s another qood one from a very different source, Lemony Snicket: “All the secrets in the world are contained in books.”
Be sure to click on our sidebar ‘Northwest Book Lovers’ to access their latest newsletter and the current Bestseller List. You’ll find titles for young readers on Pages 4 through 8. If not currently on our shelves, we’re happy to order any books from this list … or beyond!