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“The Philosophical Child” by Jana Mohr Lone (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $32.95). University of Washington’s Jana Mohr Lone, director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, gives her advice to parents on how to approach philosophical questions with children. The book offers guidance on answering abstract questions such as “What is happiness?” and “What does it mean to be real?”

“Maritime Place Names: Inland Washington Waters” by Richard W. Blumenthal (Inland Waters Publishing, $29.95). This historical text examines the names of every maritime location on current nautical charts in Washington. The author, who lives in Bellevue, organizes the places alphabetically, providing information on the individual who named the place, when, why and for whom.

“ABCers” by Carole Lexa Schaefer and illustrated by Pierr Morgan (Viking, $16.99). For ages 3-5: The local duo (Schaefer lives on Camano Island and Morgan on Bainbridge Island) offers an active alphabet book with a multicultural group of children running races and giving giggles.

“Dinosaur Thunder” by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Scholastic, $16.99). For ages 3-6. Little Brannon is scared of the booming thunder until his big brother suggests it’s really stomping dinosaurs making the scary sounds. Illustrator Chodos-Irvine, who lives in Seattle, contributes her always-dazzling, colorful multimedia prints to this picture book.