Judy's Picks

Judy's Picks

Based on my years as an English teacher, I particularly like to recommend books for middle readers and young adults. My staff picks include books my grandkids enjoy as well as a couple of my favorites. I work almost every Saturday morning; come see me for specific recomendations. Here are some of my favorites for younger readers.

New BabyOn the Day You Were Born, along with some favorite board books: Pat the Bunny, Goodnight Moon, Good Dog Carl, The Very Hungry Caterpillar

For young children who love animals: Sweat Pea & Friends: The Sheepover. A beautifully illustrated and touching story.

For good options for early readers, check out our table full of inexpensive paperbacks at Levels 1,2,3 reading levels!!! Early Chapter Books Series: Magic Treehouse , Hank the Cowdog, Junie B. Jones, Encyclopedia Brown, Flat Stanley, and Matt Christopher’s sports books

For older children: The Lonely Planet Travel Book. Big assist with homework and an informative coffee table book for the family.

For Thinking Adults and Teens with senses of humor: An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments by Ali Almossawi. Especially helpful with evaluating this campaign season's rhetoric.

Oldies but Goodies (And not all that old...): Mink River by Brian Doyle, The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

More recent:

Portlandness. An extremely informative view of unique maps of Portland compiled by two PSU professors.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The best book I've read in a long, long time.

The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. His last book before his death last year. A granfather and grandson on an adventure, on a Greyhound bus. Very entertaining.

 

 

 

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250132147
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2017

Words Are My Matter: Writings on Life and Books Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358212102
Availability: We can usually get this book in 3 to 5 days, except during a pandemic. We are doing our best
Published: Mariner Books - October 22nd, 2019

Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130086
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2019

On the Day You Were Born: Book and Musical CD Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780152055677
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books - September 1st, 2005

Mink River Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870715853
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Oregon State University Press - October 1st, 2010

The Tender Bar: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780786888764
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Published: Hachette Books - August 1st, 2006

Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781632170002
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 27th, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel (Two Medicine Country) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101982563
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Riverhead Books - August 16th, 2016

Good Night Oregon (Good Night Our World) Cover Image
By Dan McCarthy, Joe Veno (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781602190412
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Good Night Books - April 30th, 2010

Grand Canyon Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781596439504
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 21st, 2017

The Night Gardener Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481439787
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 16th, 2016

Ocean Meets Sky Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481470377
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

The Antlered Ship Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481451604
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 12th, 2017

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Mitchell (Foreword by), Charlie Jane Anders (Afterword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780441007318
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Published: Ace - July 1st, 2000

The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong . . . and You Can Too! Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328919120
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 17th, 2017

Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555976644
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 7th, 2014

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781615196258
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Published: The Experiment - November 5th, 2019

Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593083338
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Published: Viking - March 10th, 2020

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525655084
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Published: Knopf - January 14th, 2020

The Topeka School: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374277789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum (Classic Seuss) Cover Image
By Dr. Seuss, Andrew Joyner (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399559129
Availability: On Our Shelves Now as of 24 Hours Ago
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Small in the City Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823442614
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 3rd, 2019