Parnassus Books Junior


Storytime every Saturday. A cool train table. And a secret entrance.

Discovering a love for books has never been this much fun. 

Did you know that Parnassus Books was voted The Best Bookstore for Children in the Milky Way Galaxy? We may be exaggerating a little bit, but that's just because we are so excited about our children's section. With books selected from new releases as well as all the classics you loved as a child, there will always be a book that will leave you -- and your little one -- eager for more.


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Rick Riordan's newest book? Great time travel books for kids? Let us help you navigate the maze.

When it comes to young readers, a good book can make all the difference in fostering a lifelong love of reading. We'll take the time to figure out what excites the child in your life to help you pick the perfect book, every time. In a rush? Our shelf talkers highlight the books that we've fallen in love with and think you will, too.



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The Thing About Luck Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416918820
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2013

Cynthia Kadohata won the Newbery several years ago for Kira-Kira and this, too, is a multicultural tale. It’s about a young Japanese girl, Summer, and her young brother, Jaz, overcoming the demands of their grandparents with whom they live. A first bit of boy-girl attention further complicates Summer’s life.

Counting by 7s Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803738553
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Published: Dial Books - August 29th, 2013

Adopted on the 7th day of the 7th month, Willow is obsessed with the number 7. This is a highly original telling of a girl who thinks of herself as a strange outsider beginning to realize her worth. Maria Semple (Where’d You Go, Bernadette) calls it “achingly beautiful ... a celebration of life in all its wondrous, hilarious and confounding glory.”  It’s currently on the New York Times bestseller list and is a strong contender for the Newbery.

Breaking Stalin's Nose Cover Image
By Eugene Yelchin, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250034106
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Published: Square Fish - October 15th, 2013

A Newbery Honor Book, this brief telling of two days in a young Russian boy’s life in the 1930s illustrates the lessons learned from living and escaping a cruel dictatorship. Based on the author’s own experiences. 

The Name of this Book Is Secret (The Secret Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316113694
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2008

Readers must ignore the author’s warning, “Do not read beyond this page!”  It’s somewhat in the vein of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket—funny, smart, fast-moving. Currently there are six in the series.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316003957
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2008

Four gifted children pass the required tests (and the reader can take them, too) to go on a secret mission that only the most resourceful children can complete. This series is so well done that older readers enjoy the puzzles. Currently there are five books in the series.

The Day the Crayons Quit Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399255373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - June 27th, 2013

This is one of the funniest picture books to come along in a long time. Just open to any page and read what that crayon’s beef is. You'll love it.

Moo Cover Image
By Matthew Van Fleet, Brian Stanton (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781442435032
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 30th, 2011

Matthew Van Fleet's books are interactive and go beyond the average board book. They are all concept books with tactile features, so kids are learning while being entertained.