#BookBingoNW: Suggested by a Young Person

We asked our young patrons at the Central Library Children’s Center to suggest books for our adult Book Bingo players and they delivered! These young people know their kid lit – they suggested classics both modern and older, video game tie-ins, realistic fiction, fantasy, adventure – there’s something for every reader of any age. Find the full list here: #BookBingoNW2018: Central Library Children’s Center patron suggestions for “Suggested by a Young Person”

Gregor the OverlanderImage of Gregor the Overlander, the first novel by Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games trilogy, is something of an urban Alice in Wonderland. I’m not a fantasy reader, but once I picked it up I was hooked! I devoured the first hundred pages in one sitting. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW: Suggested by a Young Person”

Bird Week: Birds in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

The Seattle Public Library is partnering with the Seward Park Audubon Center for Bird Week, April 23-30, in celebration of the center’s 10th anniversary and the National Audubon Society’s 2018 Year of the Bird.

 In honor of Bird Week, I’ve selected three titles written for young people with appeal to bird lovers of all ages: a not-quite-nonfiction picture book with a fun twist, a tale from the Muskogee tradition, and a teen novel about a young birdwatcher.

 I Spy in the Sky by Edward Gibbs (2014) picture book

This interactive picture book featuring peek-through pages invites readers to guess the identity of different birds. Gibbs’ brightly colored illustrations and clever clues create a fun take on the classic game of I Spy.


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October Takeover: Graphic Novel Classics

~ posted by Becky B.

“A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read” — Mark Twain

Does the idea of reading a work of classic literature give you the shivers? Do you approach Victorian prose with a sense of fear and dread? You’re not alone; the classics strike terror in the hearts of many modern readers.

Cover image for DraculaSo if you’re not up to the task of reading the whole of Bram Stoker’s Dracula but want the gist of the original story in an 21st century package, the Graphic Classics series adapts classic works of literature to a graphic novel format. These adaptations include pieces of the original text in panels illustrated by comics artists, bringing the stories to life as you’ve never seen them before. The series includes a number of classic horror tales by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Bram Stoker, perfect for October reading. Continue reading “October Takeover: Graphic Novel Classics”