You’ve heard it before, but reading truly benefits everyone.

Check out these compelling, pro-reading stats.

• According to a paper from the University of California, Berkeley, children’s books expose young readers to 50 percent more words than prime time TV.

• Individuals who spend their time reading or solving puzzles could be 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who spend their down time on less stimulating activities.

Reading helps individuals socially, academically and emotionally, which is why we’ve solicited the advice of Northwest Library Lead Librarian, Janeal Walker. Walker gave us 3 book

recommendations, perfect for all ages and just in time for the transitioning seasons.

Elementary Reader

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxie

After Irish siblings Kip and Molly are charged with servanthood at a creepy English manor house, they quickly find out that there’s more than meets the eye with the manor and those who live there. Add a mysterious man, a curse and numerous twists and turns, and you’ve got one heck of a story.

YA Book

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

This intriguing book not only won the National Book Award but was also awarded with the

prestigious Golden Kite Award. The book provides an honest, heartfelt look at mental illness and tells the story of a young boy, Caden Bosch, lost in his own captivating thoughts and coping with his environment.

Adult Book

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Unless you’ve been residing under a rock the last few months, you’ve probably noticed that Alexander Hamilton is all the rage. After Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and starred in the blockbuster broadway musical Hamilton, it seemed everyone was chomping at the bit to learn more about this overlooked Founding Father. Chernow’s book inspired Miranda’s play and gives an unmatched portrayal of Hamilton’s life and legend. If you’re hankering for more Hamilton, pick up Hamilton the Revolution by Jeremy McCarter and Lin-Manuel Miranda as an accompaniment.

Walker also suggested checking the Sequoyah Book Award Winners for more compelling stories.

For interested locals, the Northwest Library is located at 5600 NW 122nd St. Happy reading!