Welcome to Santoro’s Books.We specialize in serving the book needs of teachers and librarians. We know your schedule is jammed and we hope you can come to rely on us not just to fulfill your orders, but to make suggestions and assist with budgetary concerns. Feel free to submit your wish list – we’ll let you know price, availability and date of delivery. We have access to any book in print, including textbooks and foreign language editions. If you’re not sure of exact titles, tell us your areas of interest, reading levels, etc. and we’ll create a recommended title list for you, complete with descriptions and reviews. Just send us an email to start the process carol@santorosbooks.com 

Among our many personal services we offer:

– Free delivery in the greater Seattle area
– Discounts that are frequently better than the online retailer
– Price quotes (we’ll work within your budget)
– Twenty-one day billing
– Return options
– Title recommendations
– Anything else we can do to make your life easier – at least as far as book ordering is concerned

More details can be found in the School Orders section of our website.

Resources for Educators:

Local authors who make school visits:
Sara Nickerson – The author most recently of The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose and Me, a great summer (or anytime) read for middle graders.
Martha Brockenbrough – Her recent book for young adults, The Game of Love and Death is a fascinating novel incorporating the themes of aviation, jazz, corruption and poverty in 1937 Seattle.
Mark Holtzen – His new picture book, A Ticket to the Pennant: A Tale of Baseball in Seattle, follows Huey in 1955 as he searches for his ticket to a Seattle Rainers’ baseball game. Illustrated by John Skewes of Larry Gets Lost In… fame.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Speakers Bureau

Of Topical Interest:
Shelf Awareness: The Bard Lives On – Reviews of three new books for teens which incorporate Shakespearean themes. I would also mention Nancy Rawles’ book, Miz Sparks is on Fire and this Ain’t No Drill (one of my favorite books about a teacher) in which the character adapts the sonnets to describe her students (great idea for a writing exercise!). This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Gather Here – Northwest history resources for 3rd to 5th grade students.

Local Publishers:
Readers to Eaters – Children’s books on food literacy. Authors available for visits.
Cultured Algae – Educational kits about marine biology.

Reviews and Awards:
Alex Awards – Given to books written for adults, appropriate for teen readers.
Americas Award for Children’s and YA Literature – Books published in the previous year in English or Spanish that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books – National book review publication, extensive selection of new releases and themes.

Quote of the Month

The narrator is an 8 year-old child in a coma:
“The rest of the town gave me up for a block of wood, but my mother kept on reading. My mother, a woman who had only several years earlier left her native land having never read an English book in her life, was now churning through them by the hundreds. And the unexpected consequence was, as she stocked up my mind with words, thoughts, ideas, and sensations, she did as much to her own. It was as though great big trucks filled with words drove up to our heads and dumped their contents directly into our brains. All that unbound imagination brightened and stretched our minds with incredible tales of heroic deeds, painful loves, romantic descriptions of remote lands, philosophies, myths, the histories of nations rising, falling, chafing, and tumbling into the sea, adventures of warriors and priests and farmers and monsters and conquerors and barmaids and Russians so neurotic you wanted to pull out your own teeth. It was a prodigious jumble of legends my mother and I discovered simultaneously, and those writers and philosophers and storytellers and prophets became idols to us both…When I think of what she transformed into much later, what demented tragedy she had become by the end of her young life, I can envisage in my mother the agonizing delight of the reader who hears for the first time all the ramblings of the soul, and recognizes them as her own.”

~ Steve Toltz from his novel  A Fraction of the Whole





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Santoro’s Books
1416 NW 46th St., Suite 105, PMB 144
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-2113