Bookshelf

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins
By P.L. Travers

An exquisite flagship gift edition of an iconic classic. When Mary Poppins arrives at their house on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the bannister, Jane and Michael Banks’s lives are turned magically upside down. First published in 1964, Mary Poppins has been delighting readers ever since, both in books and on film. This stunning deluxe edition is published ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated Disney film Mary Poppins Returns.

Ages: For All Ages

The Hand Me Down Toy Shop

The Hand Me Down Toy Shop
By Susan Murray

Crafted from the boundless imagination of Susan Murray, ‘The Hand Me Down Toy Shop’ takes children into the life of a little girl riddled with poverty. As her close relationship with a village school teacher brings both rich and poor together to prove no adversity is undefeatable. It’s heart-warming and beautiful; a reminder that no child should be denied a happy life.

Ages: For Children of all Ages

He Could Be Another Bill Gates

He Could Be Another Bill Gates
By Donna Levin

Donna Levin writes an anticipated novel about everyday life. Levin masterfully crafts a romantic and funny story revolved around single-mom Anna Kagen, who, alone, is caring for her two children; Jack, a 16-year-old with Asperger’s, and Marissa, a witty and “gifted” 5-year old, Anna does run into an old acquaintance, Jason, a sweet man who also parents an autistic child.

Ages: For Adults and Young Adults

Prediabetes: A Complete  Guide

Prediabetes: A Complete Guide
By Jill Weisenberger

When prediabetes threatens your healthy future, it’s up to you to reset your lifestyle. Of course, unforeseen obstacles could derail your progress. Registered dietitian nutritionist and author Jill Weisenberger introduces the HURDLE method and offers solutions for four obstacles you might face along your journey to better health.

Ages: For Families

Namaste The Hard Way: A Daughter’s Journey

Namaste The Hard Way: A Daughter’s Journey
By Sasha-Brown-Worsham

A moving and profound story; one that resonates with you long after reading it. The Author’s mom died when she was 16 years old, and it was after her death that she began to appreciate her mother’s bravery and the profound role that yoga would play in her adult life.

Ages: For Adults

The Emotion Code:

The Emotion Code:
By Dr. Bradley Nelson

Author of the bestselling book “The Emotion Code,” Dr. Nelson has spent 29 years as a holistic physician and international lecturer on natural healing. He has trained thousands of practitioners worldwide to identify and release “trapped emotions” – the baggage we carry around from past trauma that damages our health and relationships. Getting rid of your trapped emotions can help you overcome the obstacles of your past and bring new life to your marriage, family, and other personal relationships.

Ages: For Adults

The Gifted Journey

The Gifted Journey
By Stephanie Moore

The Gifted Journey is for anyone questioning their direction in life, including those about to apply for colleges, those just starting out in their careers, downsizing statistics, or those who are simply unhappy with their current path and need some course correction. Each of these situations can be a powerful catalyst to seeking change, and the five steps in The Gifted Journey can help readers uncover their gifts and put them to work.

Ages: For Young and Older Adults

Give to Get: A Senior Leader’s Guide to Navigating Corporate Life

Give to Get: A Senior Leader’s Guide to Navigating Corporate Life
By Vishal Agarwal

If you are looking to master the corporate culture, then this book is for you. No matter your age, you will benefit from Agarwal’s perspective of the corporate journey. Agarwal shares information like “the C-Suite Cheat-Sheet, New guy navigation, Find your compass and more! There is not a manual on corporate life; so read about the essential lessons from Vishal Agarwal!

Ages: For Adult Readers

Finding Langston

Finding Langston
By Lesa Cline-Ransome

A fast read for a middle grade reader. Stories are important to learn, and some change lives. When the young Langston’s mother dies, his father moves them from rural Alabama to Chicago’s brown belt. Langston finds the local public library that becomes a respite for him. While looking for books, he discovers another Langston, a poet. He learns that this poet actually inspired his mother to name her only son with the same name!

Ages: For Ages 8-12

Secret Dallas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Secret Dallas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
By Mark Stuertz

Hey, how about a trip through the weird, the wry, and the wonderfulness of the Big D! Secret Dallas will answer questions about the Big D you never knew you had. Everything from Cockroach Hall of Fame to the ceaseless failed attempts to navigate the Trinity River, to the invention of the computer chip and German chocolate cake! Dallas is the birthplace of the whimsical, the wistful, and the profound.

Ages: For Families

Rock Art Handbook, Techniques and Projects for Transforming Stones

Rock Art Handbook, Techniques and Projects for Transforming Stones
By Samantha Sarles

In this book Samantha shares her rock art tips and tricks and offers fun and creative projects to recreate at home. You and your child will learn how to use puffy paint, acrylics, oil pastels, alcohol inks, art pens and more! Remember, art does not have to be complicated to be beautiful. It just needs to be something you love. Let go of what you think art has to look like and just enjoy the process. Also, consider that rock-art is a great way to spread kindness – simply create a positive message on rocks and leave them as gifts!

Ages: For All Ages

Imperfect Courage

Imperfect Courage
By Jessica Honegger

A social entrepreneur, adoptive mother, and the 2017 winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Jessica is bringing her tales of global connection, motherhood, entrepreneurism and women’s empowerment to cities across the US. Noonday Collection Founder Jessica Honegger tells the whole Noonday story as it’s never been heard before--and leads the reader on a journey to discover their own imperfect courage. The perfect read for anyone who has ever had a big dream, but needed a little push to get out of their comfort zone and go scared!

Ages: For Adult Readers

The Gift of Another Ordinary Day

The Gift of Another Ordinary Day
By Katrina Kenison

An intimate memoir of a family in transition-boys becoming teenagers, careers ending and new ones opening up. It is a story of mid-life longings and discoveries, of lessons learned in the search for home and a new sense of purpose, and the bittersweet intensity of life with teenagers. Poised on the threshold between family life as she’s always known it and her older son’s departure for college, Kenison is surprised to find that the times she treasures most are the ordinary, unremarkable moments of everyday life.

Ages: For Adult Readers

Present Over Perfect

Present Over Perfect
By Shauna Niequist

This book leads us to concentrate on what is truly important. Leave the dishes, the cat litter, the laundry…. It will be there and eventually it will get done. Shauna Niequist leads us to her very own personal experiences overcoming an overwrought life filled with busyness, stress, and feelings of inadequacy. Niequist came to the realization that she has been missing out on the beauty of everyday life with her husband and children, recognizing that she needs to slow down, simplify and learn how to say no to demands on her time. Hey readers, you may learn a lot from this insightful, soulful way of living.

Ages: For Adult Readers

Hand Wash Cold

Hand Wash Cold
By Karen Maezen Miller

It’s easy to think that meaning, fulfillment, and bliss are “out there,” somewhere outside of our daily routine. But in this playful yet profound reflection on awareness, the compelling voice of a contemporary woman reveals the happiness at the bottom of the laundry basket, the love in the kitchen sink, and the peace possible in one’s own backyard. Follow Karen Maezen Miller through youthful ambition and self-absorption, beyond a broken marriage, and into the steady calm of a so-called ordinary life. Read along as she discovers it’s the little things - even the unexpected, unpleasant, and unwanted things - that count.

Ages: For Adult Readers

The Five Star Man Dating Handbook

The Five Star Man Dating Handbook
By T. Naomi Williams

In this book the author, T. Naomi Williams, discusses five categories that should be used to evaluate any person that you are considering dating or marrying. Understanding this rational evaluation will help you to avoid “unconscious dating” that is driven only by emotions. Learn how to eliminate much of the frustration that comes with dating by knowing who you are, how valuable you are, and by knowing what you want in a man.

Ages: For Women

The Universal Sense

The Universal Sense
By Seth Horowitz

Every day, we are beset by millions of sounds; ambient ones like the rumble of the train and the hum of an air conditioner, as well as more pronounced sounds, such as human speech, music, and sirens. How do we know which sounds should startle us, which should engage us, and which should turn us off? Learn why we often fall asleep on train rides or in the car. Find out if there is really a musical note that can make you sick? Learn from research psychologist and sound engineer Seth Horowitz as he shows how our sense of hearing manipulates the way we think, consume, sleep and feel.

Ages: For Young & Old Adults

Little Worm, Big Worry

Little Worm, Big Worry
By Laura Ann Elpers Pierce

A Story about Worry that models how to handle worry and anxiety when things don’t turn out the way we expect. Your child can join Little Worm as he learns how to re-adjust his plans and work through his anxiety. Parents will enjoy the author’s “Special Note” to caregivers in the back of the book, which offers tips and recommendations for helping children in their care cope with feelings of anxiety.

Ages: For Young Little’s

Queen for a Day

Queen for a Day
By Maxine Rosaler

The reader knows by page one of Queen for a Day that Mimi Slavitt’s three-year old son is autistic, but if anyone told her, she wouldn’t listen, because she doesn’t want to know—until at last Danny’s behavior becomes so strange even she can’t ignore it. After her son’s diagnosis, Mimi finds herself in a world nearly as isolating as her son’s, as she searches for miracles, begging for the help of heartless bureaucracies.

Ages: For Parents

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?
By Jena Pincott

Hmmm, apparently the answer to this question is yes, according to the author of this delightful book. Pincott, a science writer, has compiled fascinating research-based facts and theories about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. Pregnant with her first baby while writing the book, she shares her own experiences while enlightening readers with research spanning from morning sickness in early pregnancy to the amazing components of breast milk. She includes information about nutrition, exercise, and potentially harmful substances, and stress during pregnancy. Pregnant women will be relieved to read that some stress is actually beneficial to the developing fetus. The writer had one regret during her delivery and birth, and that was how her baby was whisked away for washing, weighing and foot printing, only to return fully swaddled and sound asleep. Keeping mothers and babies together skin-to-skin in the “golden” hour after birth is so important.

Ages: For Moms and Moms-to-be

The Little Book  of Momfulness

The Little Book of Momfulness
By Sarah Ford

In this book, a non-expert mom takes you through the non-perfect guide to getting through motherhood without losing your mind. Yea, there are plenty of advice books on the market for new mothers, you know, the ones that set the bar high and give tips and guidelines for being the perfect mother and raising the perfect child. Well, this book goes against the grain to give you the real deal. So if you find yourself at the end of your wits, then you need The Little Book of Momfulness.

Ages: For Moms

Short

Short
By Holly Goldberg Sloan

A book that is not short on humor and heart! SHORT is a funny and heartwarming middle-grade novel about a girl, named Julia, who grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer stock Wizard of Oz. When her mother makes her try out for the local theater production, Julia was hesitant at first, but was quickly caught up in the director’s unwavering enthusiasm. Then she makes two unlikely new friends. Filled with humor, heart and terrifically quirky cast, this joyous story of self-discovery and the role models who forever change us is nothing short of memorable.

Ages: 8-12 Years

Kids Awesome Activity Book

Kids Awesome Activity Book
By Mike Lowery

Hey, this is a boredom-buster for sure! With a simple pencil and their imagination, kids can decode pirate word scrambles; create their own comic strips; write a hit song; help a little leprechaun find his pot of gold, and more. Comes with 400 stickers drawn in Lowery’s iconic style and a pullout poster just waiting to be colored.

Ages: 8-12 Years

Summer Brain Quest Pre-K & K

Summer Brain Quest Pre-K & K
By Bridget Heos

Have fun with your preschooler and get them ready for kindergarten over the summer. Summer Brain Quest is a one-of-a-kind learning experience. It’s a workbook! It’s a game! Its’s an outdoor adventure! Because of its innovative format each book has a tri-fold map with multiple paths where children mark their progress with specially designed stickers! Kids feel supported in what they’re doing and are excited to choose their next step.

Ages: 4-5 Year Olds

Born Fanatic: My Life in the Grip of the NFL

Born Fanatic: My Life in the Grip of the NFL
by Michael McCormack

Get a glimpse into McCormack’s unique experience with football fanaticism, and his insights into one of America’s most beloved pastimes. McCormack, through his storytelling, woven with research and insights from his “insider perspective”, gives readers a deep look into what makes football fanatics tick and inspires them to meet the challenge of recovering the most important thing about pro football before it’s too late.

Ages: For Football Fans

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin
By Nancy Churnin

Irving Berlin came to America as a refugee and began singing about his new home. From Broadway to “God Bless America,” his music still defines the American spirit! “A delightful historical narrative with pop, pizzazz, and color, just like Irving Berlin himself. Children and adults alike will enjoy reading this fantastic journey to the birth of the song God Bless America.” — Mary Jo Guidice, Director of Libraries, Dallas.

Ages: 7-12 Years

Kid Start-Up

Kid Start-Up
By Mark Cuban, Shaan Patel, & Ian McCue

A guide for middle grade kids that are interested in starting their own business. Includes detailed ideas, educational information and advice for the next generation of “young” sharks about launching a successful startup. Ranging from the timeless ideas like starting a lemonade stand to more modern day, crafty businesses like an Etsy Art Store or Eco-Friendly Shampoo. If your kid has interest, then this book could inspire them to act on it!

Ages: 9-13 Years

Mercies In Disguise: A Story of Hope, A Families Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them

Mercies In Disguise: A Story of Hope, A Families Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them
By Gina Kolata

Does your mom love reading about medical mysteries? Then she will want to read the story of a family that took matters into its own hands when the medical world abandoned them. It’s a story of a family that had to deal with unspeakable tragedy and yet did not allow it to tear them apart. And it is the story of a young woman who faced the future head on, determined to find a way to disrupt her family’s destiny.

Ages: For Young and Older Adults

Celine, a novel

Celine, a novel
By Peter Heller

For the mom that loves a thriller! Another jewel of a book from the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter! Celine is a masterful novel of suspense, of an elegant and aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families. Could this need be because of her own family loss?

Ages: For Readers of Suspense

Another Place at  the Table

Another Place at the Table
By Kathy Harrison

An uplifting narrative of one woman’s thirteen-year experience as a foster parent. If you have pondered being a foster parent, you may want to read this book. Written from the perspective of a foster mother. Who, for a time in her fostering journey, took in girls who had been sexually abused. It really opens your eyes to what it’s like bringing these kids into your home. The transformations that happen and the true reward of being a foster parent.

Ages: For Parents

Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine

Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine
By Kat Lee

3 Minutes Can Change Everything, so get prepared to wake up your life! In Hello Mornings, you’ll be introduced to a simple yet powerful three-minute morning routine that integrates Bible study, planning, and fitness into a foundational morning habit that fits into every schedule. And you don’t have to be a morning person to start each new day well! We know you can find three minutes, so get started.

Ages: For Moms

Decluttering at the Speed of Life

Decluttering at the Speed of Life
By Dana K. White

It may be time to think about the stuff that takes up space in your house and overcome the emotional challenges that make it difficult to let items go. Dana White’s book, humorously, and with empathy, walks you through applying key concepts to every area of your home – no charts or checklists – this book is about building a new mind-set that empowers you to tackle clutter head-on!

Ages: For families

Autism Uncensored: Pulling Back the Curtain

Autism Uncensored: Pulling Back the Curtain
By Whitney Ellenby

It is a personal manifesto by Whitney Ellenby, a former U.S. Department of Justice Disability Rights attorney, founder of Autism Ambassadors, and disability advocate who bravely goes where no other has dared in her mesmerizing, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately hope-filled new book about how a socially integrated life is attainable regardless of whether a child overcomes the major limitations of Autism; sparking a new conversation which goes beyond simply accepting persons with Autism for who they are, but considers pushing them beyond their comfort zones to learn who they are capable of becoming.

Ages: For Parents

Am I Enough?

Am I Enough?
By Grace Valentine

Whether you are a college student struggling to find yourself or a Mom looking to understand your millennial daughter and what it’s like growing up in our culture, Am I Enough? will help those who have struggled with being enough (like Grace had struggled) to find their worth in someone who truly is worth following. Grace Valentine is a fresh (local to Texas) voice to help young women drop their insecurities and realize the truth about themselves and their unique identities in Christ.

Ages: For Moms and Daughters

All My Stripes

All My Stripes
By Shaina Rudolph

This is the story of Zane, a zebra with autism, who worries that his differences make him stand out from his peers. With careful guidance from his mother, Zane learns that autism is only one of many qualities that make him special. Contains a Note to Parents by Drew Coman, PhD, and Ellen Braaten, PhD, as well as a Foreword by Alison Singer, President of the Autism Science Foundation.

Ages: For families

Steal Like An Artist 10 Things That Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Steal Like An Artist 10 Things That Nobody Told You About Being Creative
By Austin Kleon

No, you don’t need to be a genius; you just need to be yourself! That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

Ages: Tweens and Up

How to Draw Cool Things

How to Draw Cool Things
By Rachel Goldstein

You have heard this before – You are never too old to learn new things! So, all you teens, students, teachers, parents, and adults; these drawing tricks will get your passion back. Learn how to make 3-dimensional art, like stuff that pops out of the page! Simply follow the tutorials step by step. Go ahead, get creativity flow going.

Ages: Older Children to Adults

The Creative Family Manifesto

The Creative Family Manifesto
By Amanda Blake Soule

Encouraging Imagination and Nurturing Family Connections. A guide to making creativity an intentional part of everyday life. Amanda shows us that with simple tools – like your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials, you can transform your family life. Wonderful things happen when you awaken your family’s creativity. Meaningful connections, find new ways to relax, play and grow together, as well as having much more fun!

Ages: Families

Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse

Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse
By Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse’s abstract cut-outs are used to teach colors in this polished read-aloud board book. Blue & Other Colours takes children through Matisse’s color palette, one artwork per page, beginning with blue and returning to it as a familiar refrain throughout. The variance of shapes, depth, and scale will keep readers engaged, while the text enriches the reading experience with relatable and humorous commentary. Readers will not only learn their colors, but also grow familiar with fine art in this relevant and relatable first title. Includes a read-aloud “about the artist” at the end.

Ages: 1-3

The Self-Driven Child

The Self-Driven Child
By William Stixrud, Ph.D and Ned Johnson

This book will guide parents who helicopter and those that are more hands-off, to a place of allowing, with gentle guidance, their children to make meaningful choices and manage stressful situations on their own. With cutting edge research and years of experience working with kids and teens, this is an invaluable resource for the thinking parent.

Ages: Parents

Faithful Finance

Faithful Finance
By Emily G. Stroud

Author, Emily Stroud, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) (one of a few women in the world) Stroud believes well-planned financial planning can be a source of joy, security and hope. She is committed to approach financial planning from a Christian faith perspective, and readers will find that this book will equip them to be good stewards of their money, not just for personal gain, but to benefit others as well.

Ages: Adults and Young Adults

The Dental Diet

The Dental Diet
By Dr. Steven Lin

A surprising link between your teeth, real food and life-changing natural health. Dr. Steven Lin, a Dentist and Dental Nutritionist, merges dental health and science to reveal how the right nutrition can improve your teeth and overall health. Learn how crooked teeth may be the result of a nutritional problem, and how parents can prevent braces by feeding children the right foods.

Ages: Adults

Fertility Foods

Fertility Foods
By Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN & Chef Sara Haas, RDN, LDN

Struggling with infertility can be one of the most frustrating experiences for women looking to conceive. Fertility Foods is more than just a diet plan or cookbook. It’s a companion, a constant support providing women with the information they need to ensure they receive proper nutrition before conception. Created by RDN - certified experts, this book includes tips on managing stress and other lifestyle factors, heartfelt support and guidance from women who have struggled with infertility, and a how-to guide on putting together a healthy kitchen.

Ages: Women

I’m Just No Good At Rhyming

I’m Just No Good At Rhyming
By Chris Harris

This author turns traditional poetry on its head, using absurdity and word play to show kids that with a little levity, poems can be easy to understand and impossible to put down! The creations that leap from Harris’ pages include a centipede named Sally who is trying to find shoes for her many feet; a group of monsters realizing the effects of aging… And so much more!

Ages: 6 and up

Beekeeper’s Lab

Beekeeper’s Lab
By Kim Lehman

If you keep bees or are interested in keeping bees, Beekeeper’s Lab is the book for you. Filled with 52 beekeeping and hive-inspired projects to keep you involved with your bees and hive all year long. The tutorials are brief, accomplishable, and rewarding. Beekeeping is fun and educational for the whole family to enjoy and is a highly impressive skill to possess! Author Kim Lehman is the founder and coordinator of the Kids and Bees Program at the American Beekeeping Federation.

Ages: Families

Bearded Gospel Men

Bearded Gospel Men
By Jared Brock and Aaron Alford

An epic quest for manliness and godliness. Each of the 31 stories in this book includes a verse of the day, a quote to contemplate, and a prayer--all geared to inspire men toward embracing their follicular faithfulness and joining a large conversation about living faithfully in a world that desperately needs the gospel. So dive in and enjoy the woolly wisdom of these bearded gospel men! Note: beards not required!

Ages: Men of all ages

Nevermoor

Nevermoor
By Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend writes about an imaginative world that will appeal to fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaimain. Its new and unique take on magic will be refreshing to a new generation of readers.

Ages: 8-12

Do You Know Who  You Are?

Do You Know Who You Are?
By Megan Kaye and Allie Singer 

What do your music choices reveal about your personality? What kind of a risk-taker are you? How have your changed since you were a kid? What makes you happy -- really, truly happy? This book encourages teens to develop a strong sense of self, and reassures them that it’s just fine to be exactly who they are. 

Ages: Teens

10-MINUTE MAKEUP

10-MINUTE MAKEUP
By Boris Entrup

Perfect for teenagers and young women who like to try new looks! The 10-Minute Makeup shows 50 versatile looks that can be created in only ten minutes. Also includes detailed information on basic techniques, products, equipment, as well as special tips and tricks from stylist-to-the-stars Boris Entrup. Makes for a great gift!

Ages: Teens + Women