“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:
Ocean Soup: A Recipe for You, Me, and a Cleaner Sea, is a delightful read-aloud rhyming book by Meeg Pincus, illustrated by Lucy Semple for ages 3 to 6.
We have two excellent bird books for children: Birds by Miranda Krestovnikoff and Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. Both are just right for introducing children to the many different birds in their neighborhoods.
Shrinking the Worry Monster by Dr. Sally Baird, shows kids how to overcome anxiety and worry. It works for anyone else, too! Ages 4 and up.
Adventures in Greater Puget Sound by Dawn Ashbach and
Janice Veal, retired teachers who live on Guemes Island, have
published an outstanding children’s activity book. It is spot on
accurate, fascinating and educational. Intended for kids from ages 9 to 12, it challenges adults as well. Little Red Riding Hood of the Pacific Northwest by Marcia Crews and Jeremiah Trammel takes a Salish Sea twist to the traditional story. This grandma is having a birthday party and the only thing that gets eaten is pizza! Homer’s Big Adventure by Art Kendall who lives in Shelter Bay, based this charming book on the real life journey of a little black bear that was spotted first in the San Juan Islands and then in Mount Vernon! Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura Kvasnosky and Kate McGee, Portland residents. It’s an important night. His father favors the traditional howling technique but Little Wolf has a slightly different song in his heart. The Pacific Northwest illustrations are outstanding. The Tortoise from Anacortes by Claudia and Bob Hogan has found his sea legs and continues to fly off the shelves accompanied by its adorable plush toy. This tortoise has a most unlikely dream, but he finds a way!
TWEENS & TEENS
The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan has proven to be VERY popular!
And here are some prize winners from this past year:
Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas, a Portland OR author; Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, Donna Higuera, Issaquah, WA; This is My America, Kim Johnson, Eugene, OR; Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acavedo; You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson
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!