Whether you’re looking for a gift for a visiting niece, nephew or grandchild or researching ways to prepare children for a family road trip, picture books about the Pacific Northwest are a great way to introduce kids to the wildlife, history and culture of the region. -Ginny W.
Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest by Marcia and Richard Vaughan: A little blue teddy bear gets lost on the way to a camping trip in the Cascades. Black Bear and several other animals try to help him find the little boy he belongs to. This story is a great introduction to animals that live in the wild in the Northwest.
Elliott the Otter by John Skewes: Elliott the Otter thinks he is in charge of all the ships and sea life in Puget Sound’s Elliott Bay. He keeps a watchful eye on all the comings and goings freighters and fish.
Arrow to Alaska: a Pacific Northwest Adventure by Hannah Viano: Arrow, a six-year-old boy, leaves Seattle aboard his Aunt Kelly’s boat on a trip to see his grandfather in Alaska. Arrow’s adventures include a ride on a seaplane.
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 by Deborah Hopkinson
When a pioneer family decides to move from Iowa to Oregon, Papa must figure out a way to bring his precious fruit trees and vines with the family on the trail. Luckily, he gets some help from his resourceful daughter, Delicious.
Raven: a Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott: Bold illustrations in the blues and greens of the Northwest tell the story of how raven brought the gift of light to the world.
Everyone Out Here Knows: a Big Foot Tale by William Stafford: Explore Big Foot country and see if you can spot him hidden in the forest. Bright, clear paintings illustrate the words of Oregon’s Poet Laureate, William Stafford.
Where Do I Sleep?: a Pacific Northwest Lullaby by Jennifer Blomgren: Baby animals settle in for the night in the different types of habitat they call home. This is another great book to introduce animals native to our area.