“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!”
It is always lovely to see a child reach for a book! Here are a few favorites:
Butch’s Game Day, Cougar Fan Alert! A cute little cougar enjoys all the pre-game events as he and his dad get ready for WSU football. They hit all the old haunts of the “Go Cougs” fans. Yep, if you spent any time at all in Pullman, you’ll love this book!
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.
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!