Top 5 Northwest Children's Books

That's right, these are 5 titles that offer something special for local kids because they were all written right here in the Northwest.

SEATTLE - Delridge librarian Chrissy Knoelke is so good with kids, we asked her to come up with the Top 5 Northwest Childrens Books.

“I think I picked some pretty spectacular ones that kids are going to go crazy for,” said Knoelke.

5) For the tots, we begin with No David! by David Shannon.

“David Shannon grew up in Spokane Washington,” said Knoelke. “No David! is of course about a little boy who's constantly being told ‘No! Don't Do That! Stop It!’

“But luckliy it ends with a nice ‘Yes, David I love you’ at the end so it had a really great ending,” said Knoelke.

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4) Next comes a picture book from Oregon author Cynthia Rylant.

“This one is Brownie And Pearl Make Good and again these characters are getting into a little bit of mischief,” said Knoelke, “but in the end they're able to make good and save the day.”

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3) Next comes Ramona the Pest from another Oregon author: the legendary Beverly Cleary.

“She was actually the children’s librarian in Yakima Washington and that's where she got her idea for writing books for real kids,” said Knoelke. “Really any of her books make classic family read alouds. They appeal to a range of ages and they're also perfect audio books for those long family road trips.”

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2) Seattle author Dav Pilkey's popular Captain Underpants books are a hit with both boys and girls.

“This is really going to appeal to kids who want that /trim/ fun sense of humor. They love pranks, practical jokes plus with lots of illustrations comic strips,” said Knoelke. “I think reluctant readers have just really latched on the Captain Underpants series.”

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1) And finally Pickle, a debut novel for middle school kids from Seattle author Kim Baker.

“It is about a group of kids who start an after school club but really that’s just a cover for a prank club,” said Knoelke. “And they get into all sorts of hijunks and cause all kinds of pranks in their school leaving the principle wondering who is responsible for this.”

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From tots to teens and in betweens, Northwest reads that are fun for everyone.

The Seattle Public Library has a neat service called Your Next 5. You fill out a form on a website listing books you like, and a librarian will email you a list of 5 books you might want to try next.

Copyright 2016 KING


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