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15 Books to Inspire You to Visit Seattle + Book Bundle Giveaway

A new week of our Read & Go Summer Reading Challenge is here, plus another giveaway! This week our theme is CITY and I’m excited to share 15 books for you to buy or borrow to invite and inspire you to visit Seattle. Living in this beautiful city, I think it’s a great place to visit and explore. And, if you can’t actually visit Seattle, you could read these books and visit vicariously. We’ve got more to offer than just rain!

List of 15 Books to read to visit Seattle for kids, teens, and adults #ReadGo2014This visit Seattle book list has options for any age, so children can read and learn, and adults can be swept away into the setting of Seattle and the surrounding areas. Remember to print our Kid’s Read & Go Activity Book and follow along with the CITY week activities. Share your CITY books and activities with us @walkingontravels and @stuffedsuitcase using the hashtag #ReadGo2014.

Larry Gets Lost SeattleLarry Gets Lost in Seattle

Larry Gets Lost in Seattle is an interactive, highly visual children’s story about a young boy (Pete) who goes to Seattle with his family and is temporarily separated from his cute little dog, Larry, while sightseeing. In his search for Pete, Larry encounters many Seattle landmarks and cultural attractions before the two are reunited.

Wheedle NeedleWheedle on the Needle

Deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest lives a quiet old creature named the Wheedle. When humans move into his forests, bringing their loud city noises, Wheedle flees to the rocky peaks of Mount Rainier, and then to the very tip-top of Seattle’s Space Needle.

Larry Loves SeattleLarry Loves Seattle

Now very young readers can visit Seattle landmarks such as Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and Lake Union in this board book featuring Larry the pup. Along the way, Larry makes new friends, rides a ferry, and visits the home of the Seattle Seahawks. This is the perfect starter book for toddlers who will learn to recognize the places and things Larry sees in Seattle.

colorful SeattleColorful Seattle: Explore and Color

From Chittenden Locks Fish Ladder and Woodland Park Zoo to Olympic Sculpture Park and the EMP Museum, where will you explore today? Colorful Seattle Explore & Color is an exploring guide and coloring book for Seattle. It begins with a map of the city and a two-page index for each of the locations featured in the book – easily letting readers, both young and old, plan their Seattle adventure.

Day at MarketA Day at the Market

Celebrate one glorious day of fresh flowers, fish, and produce at Seattle’s Pike Place Market–a 100-year-old working farmer’s market that steals the hearts of locals and visitors alike. With her signature cut-paper style and playful rhymes in a sturdy, oversized board book with peek-a-boo die-cuts, Sara Anderson captures the essence of the Market she treasures–not only its friendly cacophony, but also the richness of its colorful community, the secrets of its many nooks and crannies, and its irresistible summer bounty

Boxcar The Seattle PuzzleThe Seattle Puzzle: The Boxcar Children

The Aldens are on vacation in Seattle! On their first day of sightseeing, they start the day at the Hungry Heart Diner where a mystery falls right into their laps! Benny finds a riddle taped to the bottom of their table. In Seattle, someone leaves riddles for the Aldens to solve.

Jackie's Wild SeattleJackie’s Wild Seattle

How do you rescue a coyote trapped in the elevator of a downtown office building? How do you save an injured seal at the bottom of a cliff with the tide coming in? Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her younger brother, Cody, are about to find out as they spend a summer of breathless, sometimes reckless, often hilarious adventure visiting their uncle Neal at a wildlife center called Jackie’s Wild Seattle.

Seattle BluesSeattle Blues

The summer of 1970 starts off badly for 13-year-old Maya. Her mother has sent her to Seattle to stay with the grandmother she’s never met; her father is reported MIA in the jungles of Vietnam; and angry Maya’s determined to get back home, even if it means running away. But slowly Maya begins to adjust, first befriending an autistic boy-and piano prodigy- living next door, and getting to know her grandmother.

The Emerald CityThe Emerald City

When her parents die, teenager Gail Dorjee retreats into an angry, sarcastic shell. She hopes it will ease her pain, but all it gets her is a one-way trip from Kansas to a Seattle boarding school, the elite Osland Academy. As soon as she arrives, Gail clashes with Diana, the leader of the school’s most powerful clique. The Winged make Gail’s life hell until she find allies: her airhead roommate; a cowardly fellow victim of the Winged; and, bit by bit, Diana’s boyfriend, the seemingly heartless Nick.

TwilightThe Twilight Saga

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.

Seattle MarinersTales from the Seattle Mariners Dugout

This reissue of Tales from the Seattle Mariners Dugout chronicles Seattle’s rise from a hopeless and hapless franchise in the 1970s and ’80s to a proud team in the 1990s that went on to capture three division championships and earn four playoff appearances. It’s a must-read walk down memory lane for every fan of the team.

Super HawksSuper Hawks: The Seattle Seahawks 2013 Championship

In Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seattle Seahawks triumphed over the Denver Broncos to secure the franchise’s first championship. This commemorative edition features unique photographs and highlights from the Super Bowl in New Jersey and captures the team’s road to the title. Taking readers through every exciting moment of this historic campaign through award-winning stories and photos from theNews Tribune and the OlympianSuper Hawks highlights the Seahawks’ season from their dominating win over San Francisco in the home opener to the team’s ascent to the No. 1 spot in the NFC standings to Richard Sherman’s unforgettable deflection in the final seconds of the NFC Championship Game.

Blossom StreetThe Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street Series)

There’s a little yarn store in Seattle called A Good Yarn. It’s owned by Lydia Hoffman, and it represents her dream of a new beginning, a life free from cancer. A life that offers a chance at love…
Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is How to Make a Baby Blanket. Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but knitting a baby blanket would be a gesture of reconciliation.

Fifty ShadesFifty Shade Trilogy

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE – Now available as a three-volume paperback boxed set, E L James’s New York Times #1 bestselling trilogy has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as being “in a class by itself.” Beginning with the GoodReads Choice Award Romance Finalist Fifty Shades of Grey, the Fifty Shades Trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Snow Falling on CedarsSnow Falling on Cedars

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man’s guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries–memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo’s wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched.

CLOSED Now, let’s look at our new #ReadGo2014 GIVEAWAY! We have a bundle of books for kids and adults plus a great Thirty-One tote to carry them during your adventures and travels. Here’s what you could win!

  • Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl by Micah Player (children’s book)
  • Lately Lily Travel Flashcards by Micah Player (flashcards)
  • Lately Lily Sunny Yellow Suitcase by Micah Player (activity set)
  • Larry Loves Portland! by John Skewes (children’s book)
  • Portland ABC: A Larry Gets Lost Book by John Skewes (children’s book)
  • Larry Loves New York City! by John Skewes (children’s book)
  • S is for Salmon by Hannah Viano (children’s book)
  • Maggi and Milo by Juli Brenning (children’s book)
  • From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos (YA novel- audiobook)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer (YA novel- audiobook)
  • Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon (YA novel- audiobook)
  • A Year with Six Sisters’ Cookbook by Six Sisters (cookbook)
  • Greg Atkinson’s In Season: Culinary Adventures of a Pacific Northwest Chef by Greg Atkinson (cookbook)
  • Thirty-One Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote in Navy Wave from Stephanie Strunk Thirty-One consultant

Book Bundle Giveaway for Summer Reading Challenge featuring Six Sisters' Stuff Cookbook & more!

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Sunday 8th of June 2014

Love the books, I hope I win.

Kathy e.

Saturday 7th of June 2014

As a kid, I loved The Secret Garden and read it many times!


Saturday 7th of June 2014

My favorite author and books were Beverly Cleary.


Saturday 7th of June 2014

My favorites as a young girl (Like picture books) were Princess Furball and Little Bunny Follows His Nose. Princess Furball was a Cinderella type story and Little Bunny Follows his nose had awesome scratch and sniff patches throughout following the bunny on his journey throughout the town/farm.

Shannon Blomfield

Saturday 7th of June 2014

The Westing Game