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WASHINGTON READS: Picture Books Set in the Northwest


WASHINGTON READS: Picture Books Set in the Northwest

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Springer's journey book Springer's journey

Black, Naomi.
E BLACK

Springer has the perfect Orca Whale life, living and playing with the rest of her family in the Kelp Forests of Northern British Columbia until her idyllic life is suddenly shattered. Based on a true story, this account of a brave young whale, a surprising journey, and the discovery that the road home doesn't begin on any map: it begins in your heart.




Whales passing book Whales passing

Bunting, Eve, 1928-
E BUNTING

A boy standing with his father on the shore watches five Orca whales and imagines them talking underwater in their star-dance light while the bubbles bubble up.




Papa and the pioneer quilt book Papa and the pioneer quilt

Van Leeuwen, Jean.
E VAN LEE

This warmly engaging story--inspired by the Rwandering footS quilt pattern that was popular during pioneer days--is the moving account of an early American girl who chronicles her family's journey on the Oregon Trail through the quilt she's making.




The tree book The tree

Lyons, Dana.
E LYONS

There is a river flowing near me, and I?ve watched that river change and grow. For eight hundred years I have lived here, through the wind, the fire, and the snow. This powerful song of an ancient Douglas fir celebrates the age-old cycle of life in the Pacific Rain Forest, revealing the interconnectedness of all things.




I am Sacajawea, I am York :  our journey West with Lewis and Clark Juvenile Book I am Sacajawea, I am York : our journey West with Lewis and Clark

Murphy, Claire Rudolf.
J 978.0049 MURPHY

When Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery set out in the spring of 1804, they had chosen to go on an unprecedented, extremely dangerous journey. It would be the adventure of a lifetime.




Klondike gold book Klondike gold

Provensen, Alice.
E PROVENS

This fictionalized account of the Yukon gold rush follows a young man who risks everything for the chance of striking gold.




Larry gets lost in Seattle book Larry gets lost in Seattle

Skewes, John.
E 917.9777 SKEWES

Seattle! Famed Pike Place Market with its fishmongers; the soaring Space Needle; beautiful Lake Union - these are just some of the sights that Pete and his parents enjoy during their trip. There's only one problem - Pete's dog Larry has disappeared. So Pete goes all over the Emerald City searching for his furry friend. Along the way he sees some amazing sights, including the Underground City, the Aquarium, Sea-Tac Airport, and much more.




Secret of the dance Juvenile Book Secret of the dance

Spalding, Andrea.
J SPALDIN

In 1935, A Nine-Year-Old Boy's Family held a forbidden Potlatch in faraway Kingcome Inlet. Watl'kina slipped from his bed to bear witness. In the Big House masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the drum. And there, Watl'kina saw a figure he knew.




My cousin has eight legs! book My cousin has eight legs!

Tomkins, Jasper.
E TOMKINS

Follows the adventures of a young boy and an octopus who poses as his cousin.




My name is York book My name is York

Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth.
E VAN STE

A slave describes the journey he makes with his master, Captain William Clark, into the uncharted territory of the American West to find a water passageway to the Pacific Ocean




The wave of the Sea-Wolf book The wave of the Sea-Wolf

Wisniewski, David.
E WISNIEW

Intricate cut-paper illustrations incorporating Pacific Northwest motifs accompany this original story of the Tlingit princess Kchokeen, who is rescued from drowning by a guardian spirit that later enables her to summon a great wave and save her people from hostile strangers.




Apples to Oregon :  being the (slightly) true narrative of how a brave pioneer father brought apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries (and children) across the plains book Apples to Oregon : being the (slightly) true narrative of how a brave pioneer father brought apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries (and children) across the plains

Hopkinson, Deborah.
E HOPKINS

A pioneer father transports his beloved fruit trees and his family to Oregon in the mid-nineteenth century. Based loosely on the life of Henderson Luelling.




Lying awake book Lying awake

Furbush, Helen.
E FURBUSH

"Lyrical story about an 8 yr old on a boat w/her grandfather. Pages of educational information at back discussing marine life featured in story. Recipe, card game and coded message activities. Discussion also about life on a boat."




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

Blomgren, Jennifer.
E 591.51 BLOMGRE

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.




Raven :  a trickster tale from the Pacific Northwest book Raven : a trickster tale from the Pacific Northwest

McDermott, Gerald.
E 398.2089 MCDERMO

Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can!




Eagle boy :  a Pacific Northwest native tale book Eagle boy : a Pacific Northwest native tale

Vaughan, Richard Lee, 1947-
E VAUGHAN

An Indian boy's friendship with eagles ultimately saves his village in the Pacific Northwest from starvation.




O is for orca :  a Pacific Northwest alphabet book book O is for orca : a Pacific Northwest alphabet book

Wolfe, Art.
E WOLFE

A is for Auklet, B is for Bear, and C is for Coyote. This is a bright, colorful children's alphabet book, in which each letter is vividly represented by a photo. The brief, informative text includes photos from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.




The tree in the ancient forest Juvenile Book The tree in the ancient forest

Reed-Jones, Carol.
J 574.5264 REED JO

A 300-year-old fir tree is the main character in a forest drama depicting the cycle of interdependence between plants and animals.




A North American rain forest scrapbook Juvenile Book A North American rain forest scrapbook

Wright-Frierson, Virginia.
J 577.3409 WRIGHT

Presented in the form of a scrapbook, describes the author's exploration of a temperate rain forest in North America, located in Washington State, and the plants and animals she found there.




Turnagain Ptarmigan! where did you go? book Turnagain Ptarmigan! where did you go?

Guenther, James.
E GUENTHE

A child watches as a ptarmigan changes its appearance and actions as the seasons change.




Beyond the northern lights book Beyond the northern lights

Blaikie, Lynn.
E BLAIKIE

Batik artist Lynn Blaikie calls on Raven to take the reader on a magical tour of the North. Here readers will dance beyond the northern lights and plunge into the icy deep, where whales mingle with dolphins. And they will find the warmth of the fire pit, where "hand in hand the spirits dance,"

Her simple poetic text is enhanced with stunning images created in batik, filled with rich colors and powerful designs that evoke the spiritual landscape and peoples of the remote north. A beautiful introduction to the North for children and a book for art lovers to treasure.




The wave of the Sea-Wolf book The wave of the Sea-Wolf

Wisniewski, David.
E WISNIEW

Intricate cut-paper illustrations incorporating Pacific Northwest motifs accompany this original story of the Tlingit princess Kchokeen, who is rescued from drowning by a guardian spirit that later enables her to summon a great wave and save her people from hostile strangers.




There was an old lady who swallowed a trout book There was an old lady who swallowed a trout

Sloat, Teri.
E SLOAT

Set on the coast of the Pacific Northwest, this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme describes the silly consequences of an old woman's fishy diet.




A salmon for Simon book A salmon for Simon

Waterton, Betty, 1923-
E WATERTO

When an eagle drops a salmon into a clam hole, young Simon must decide whether to take it home or let it go.




E is for evergreen :  a Washington alphabet Juvenile Book E is for evergreen : a Washington alphabet

Smith, Marie, 1951-
J 979.7 SMITH

Readers young and old will be delighted to discover the wonders of Washington State, from its natural beauty (Mount Rainier and evergreen forests), to its famous residents (Jimi Hendrix and Big Foot) and familiar skyline (Seattle's Space Needle). Intriguing facts coupled with beautiful original artwork make E is for Evergreen an exciting journey.




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