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WASHINGTON READS: Pacific Northwest Authors and Illustrators


WASHINGTON READS: Pacific Northwest Authors and Illustrators

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Something special book Something special

Cohlene, Terri, 1950-
E COHLENE

ILLUSTRATOR: DOUG KEITH. A curious little frog fi nds a mysterious gift outside his home near the castle moat. It's Something Special... What can it be? It can be small and silent... Or big and loud. It can be planted...or blown...or thrown. And it's no good until you give it away. Join our little frog as he searches high and low for the answer to this puzzling riddle. Share the delight as he discovers that his magical gift is Something Special indeed. Will you guess the surprise before he does?




Zooflakes :  ABC book Zooflakes : ABC

Howell, Will C.
E HOWELL

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: WILL HOWELL. Snowflake-style cutouts present a different animal for each letter of the alphabet. Includes instructions.




Hide and seek :  nature's best vanishing acts Juvenile Book Hide and seek : nature's best vanishing acts

Helman, Andrea.
J 591.472 HELMAN

AUTHOR: ANDREA HELMAN. First you see them, then you don't! In habitats around the world, animals rely on clever ways to hide in plain sight. They camouflage themselves in unique ways to avoid danger or to keep undercover while hunting. Vivid color photographs take readers from one ecosystem to the next, searching high and low for animals using the best tricks of the trade to survive. Blink and you might miss these crafty creatures using camouflage to either outwit or outhunt one another.




Monsters on machines book Monsters on machines

Lund, Deb.
E LUND

AUTHOR: DEB LUND. Construction crew monsters arrive on the scene with tractors, cranes, and grader machines, and after a gruesome site is created as their routine, they straighten it up and leave everything clean.




Zelda and Ivy book Zelda and Ivy

Kvasnosky, Laura McGee.
E KVASNOS

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: LAURA MCGEE KVASNOSKY. In three brief stories, Ivy, the younger of two fox sisters, goes along with her older sister's schemes, even when they seem a bit daring.




Max's wacky taxi day book Max's wacky taxi day

Grover, Max.
E GROVER

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: MAX GROVER. Visual and verbal puns punctuate the story of Max's day as a taxicab driver delivering passengers around the city.




Robots slither book Robots slither

Hunter, Ryan Ann.
E HUNTER

AUTHOR: RYAN ANN HUNTER. With vibrant illustrations and a simple, rhythmic text, this whimsical look at robots features informative sidebars that entertain as well as enlighten.




Where do I sleep? :  a Pacific Northwest lullaby book Where do I sleep? : a Pacific Northwest lullaby

Blomgren, Jennifer.
E 591.51 BLOMGRE

ILLUSTRATOR: ANDREA GABRIEL. Cuddle up with this beautifully illustrated lullaby book featuring eighteen Northwest animals-deer, eagle, and salmon among them-bedding down for the night (or day!). Rhythmic and soothing four-line stanzas describe the animals' habitats and sleeping patterns, gently teaching children the importance of a good night's sleep.




Library Lil book Library Lil

Williams, Suzanne.
E WILLIAM

AUTHOR: SUZANNE WILLIAMS. A formidable librarian makes readers not only out of the once resistant residents of her small town, but out of a tough-talking, television-watching motorcycle gang as well.




Tall tales of the Wild West (and a few short ones) :  a humorous collection of cowboy poems and songs Juvenile Book Tall tales of the Wild West (and a few short ones) : a humorous collection of cowboy poems and songs

Ode, Eric.
J 811.6 ODE

AUTHOR: ERIC ODE. Cowboy poet Eric Ode has written a humorous collection of entertaining shorts about the legendary cowboys and cowgirls who had a home where the buffalo roamed. Ode is an award-winning singer/songwriter who is one of the most prolific and popular Giggle Poets.




Big cats Juvenile Book Big cats

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.
J 599.75 PATENT

AUTHOR: DOROTHY HINSHAW PATENT. Big cats are on the prowl and ready to pounce. From their amazing skill as predators to their incredible strength and grace, big cats are some of the most awe-inspiring animals on Earth. Female lions work as a team to ambush and capture their prey. The more solitary leopard is able to drag an animal much larger than itself up a tree. And the Siberian tiger, the biggest cat of all, can weigh almost seven hundred pounds and measure the length of a compact car. Award-winning science writer Dorothy Hinshaw Patent clearly presents the facts about all big cats, from where they live to what they hunt to how they are threatened by humans. With fine artist Kendahl Jan Jubb' s striking watercolors, these perfectly adapted hunting machines leap off the pages.




The magic rabbit book The magic rabbit

Watson, Richard Jesse.
E WATSON

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: RICHARD JESSE WATSON. After a rabbit jumps out of a hat and performs some amazing magic tricks, he searches for someone to share things with.




Hansa, the true story of an Asian elephant baby Juvenile Book Hansa, the true story of an Asian elephant baby

Meeker, Clare Hodgson.
J 599.676 MEEKER

AUTHOR: CLARE HODGSON MEEKER. Gray, fuzzy, a little wrinkled, and waving around one helluva snout, Hansa the baby elephant was born at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle -- and is now a star! Hansa, which means "supreme happiness" in Thai, is a rare and endangered Asian elephant born in captivity to mom Chai. Clare Meeker follows Hansa's true-life story and tells of Chai's difficulties getting pregnant (including a 2,000-mile roadtrip to Missouri to flirt with an 11,000-pound male!), her 22-month pregnancy, and the wondrous birth of 235-pound Hansa. Fully illustrated with full-color photographs, this fun and educational book chronicles Hansa's remarkable birth and includes facts about elephant habitat, feeding habits, and anatomy.




We can't all be rattlesnakes Juvenile Book We can't all be rattlesnakes

Jennings, Patrick.
J JENNING

When Crusher the snake is captured, her only thought is to escape but as time goes by and she befriends the other inmates of the "zoo," she realizes that freedom also means leaving companions behind.




I need my monster book I need my monster

Noll, Amanda.
E NOLL

When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note saying that Gabe has gone fishing and will be back in a week. He tries out several substitute monsters, but finds that none are as perfect as Gabe.




Golden delicious :   a Cinderella apple story book Golden delicious : a Cinderella apple story

Smucker, Anna Egan.
E 634.11 SMUCKER

ILLUSTRATOR: KATHLEEN KEMLY. Based on real events, this story of how the Golden Delicious apple came to be is ideal for discussions on nature and growing fruits and vegetables.




No girls allowed (dogs okay) Juvenile Book No girls allowed (dogs okay)

Trueit, Trudi Strain.
J SERIES SECRETS

Fearless nine-year-old "Scab" McNally tries to get his twin sister's help in convincing their parents to let them get a dog, but when he embarrasses her in school with a particularly obnoxious invention, it looks like he has lost her cooperation forever.




The can man book The can man

Williams, Laura E.
E WILLIAM

ILLUSTRATOR: CRAIG ORBACK. After watching a homeless man collect empty soft drink cans for the redemption money, a young boy decides to collect cans himself to earn money for a skateboard until he has a change of heart.




All in a day book All in a day

Rylant, Cynthia.
E RYLANT

AUTHOR: CYNTHIA RYLANT; ILLUSTRATOR: NIKKI MCCLURE. Illustrations and rhyming text pay homage to a new day, with promises for the future in its "perfect piece of time."




Seaglass summer Juvenile Book Seaglass summer

Banerjee, Anjali.
J BANERJE

AUTHOR: ANJALI BANERJEE. While spending a month on an island off the coast of Washington helping in her Uncle Sanjay's veterinary clinic, eleven-year-old Poppy Ray soon questions her decision to follow in her uncle's footsteps.




Alchemy and Meggy Swann Juvenile Book Alchemy and Meggy Swann

Cushman, Karen.
J CUSHMAN

AUTHOR: KAREN CUSHMAN. In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.




Mama? and me book Mama? and me

Dorros, Arthur.
E DORROS

AUTHOR: ARTHUR DORROS. A girl and her mother spend a day together gardening, making cookies, and visiting a neighbor. Includes Spanish words interspersed in the text.




Polar opposites book Polar opposites

Brooks, Erik, 1972-
E BROOKS

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: ERIK BROOKS. Ambrose, a polar bear, and Zina, a penguin, are very different but they can still find ways to meet in the middle.




A bedtime for Bear book A bedtime for Bear

Becker, Bonny.
E BECKER

AUTHOR: BONNY BECKER. A small but effervescent overnight guest tries the patience of a curmudgeonly bear who needs absolute quiet to fall asleep.




The other half of my heart Juvenile Book The other half of my heart

Frazier, Sundee Tucker, 1968-
J FRAZIER

AUTHOR: SUNDEE FRAZIER. Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities, but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister.




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