Bookshelf

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

Keeper of The Lost Cities

Keeper of The Lost Cities
By Shannon Messenger

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks… Read the whole series!

Ages: Young Readers

The Acorn Stories

The Acorn Stories
By Duane Simolke

The Sky Is Always Falling in This West Texas Town! These tales explore the humor, drama, secrets, and scandals of a small town. From romantic comedy to razor-sharp satire to moments of quiet reflection, Duane Simolke’s award-winning tales transform a fictional West Texas town into a tapestry of human experiences.

Ages: Young Adults and up

A Teen’s Guide to GUT HEALTH

A Teen’s Guide to GUT HEALTH
By Rachel Meltzer Warren

Dealing with health issues at any age can be a struggle, but for teens managing digestive disorders it can be an anxiety-riddled minefield. Symptoms of digestive disorders can be embarrassing, and finding the right diagnosis is often a challenge. Author, Rachel Meltzer Warren, explains how teens can find relief in the science-backed low-FODMAP diet. The first-line of defense for IBS and related ailments.

Ages: Teens and Parents

My Book of  Beautiful OOPS!

My Book of Beautiful OOPS!
By Barney Saltzberg

This hands-on journal is designed to help young hands and minds turn an “oops” into art. Filled with folded, crumple, die-cut, and lift-the-flap pages, the activities will challenge the reader’s sense of play and encourage healthy self-expression with the freedom to be creative and follow curiosity wherever it goes.

Ages: Young Artists

The Creative Family Manifesto

The Creative Family Manifesto
By Amanda Blake Soule

Interested in making creativity an intentional part of everyday life? Well in this book, Amanda shows us that with simple tools (like your imagination), basic art supplies, household objects and natural material you can transform your family life!

Ages: Families

God’s Great Love for You

God’s Great Love for You
By Rick Warren

This book for our young ones, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey as they explore God’s Love. The message from the tender and comforting text instills a deep spiritual understanding, that wherever you go, God’s unstoppable love goes with you. The perfect book to end the day with your child.

Ages: Children of All Ages

That’s Not Hay in My Hair

That’s Not Hay in My Hair
By Juliette Turner

Growing up is tough enough, but to learn that you’re going to have to leave the life you love and all of your friends for something completely opposite of what you know is, well, you’ll find out! This is a middle-grade fiction novel from a teenage author who knows these experiences first hand. A fictionalized true story of teen author.

Ages: 8-12

Mayday

Mayday
By Karen Harrington

A captivating journey of love and self-discovery. MAYDAY bridges the gap between fiction and nonfiction, capturing the trials of today’s adolescents with problems that are far from average. Readers will be awed with the power of human resilience. A must read.

Ages: Middle School

U Chic: College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year (& Beyond)

U Chic: College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year (& Beyond)
By Christie Garton

The Power of many! Fifty-three U Chic contributors have created a guidebook every college bound woman will want to have. An incredible resource that is informative and inspirational. Learn what to expect when preparing for college, and how to get the most out of freshman orientation, and much, much more!

Ages: College Bound

Dear Daycare Parent

Dear Daycare Parent
By Jackie Rioux and Jo-Ann Parylak

A book to get you prepared for Daycare. Written in a fun, easy-to-understand manner; and provides you with all the information you need to have a great childcare experience. Over 101 tips and real-life examples!

Ages: Parents

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

Stef Soto, Taco Queen
By Jennifer Torres

Stef Soto, a seventh grader, is embarrassed: her father owns a run-down taco truck and insists on picking her up from school. While her dad is the purveyor of absolutely delicious food, his profession also leads other girls in the school to pick on Stef and call her the “Taco Queen”. When Stef learns that the food truck is coming under fire from local business owners, she begins to realize that her fondness for old Tia Perla goes deeper than she expected. Can she save her family’s food truck business and help her school’s art department gather funds for supplies? A lovable story, this is lighthearted and fun story–just don’t read it when you’re hungry.

Ages: 3-7

Lola Levine

Lola Levine
By Monica Brown

Lola likes writing in her diario, sipping her mom’s cafe con leche, eating her dad’s matzo ball soup, and playing soccer with her team, the Orange Smoothies. So what if she doesn’t always fit in? Lola is fierce on the field, but when a soccer game during recess gets too competitive, she accidentally hurts her classmate Juan Gomez. Now everyone is calling her Mean Lola Levine! Lola feels terrible, but with the help of her family, her super best friend, Josh Blot, and a little “pencil power,” she just might be able to turn it all around. In this first book in a series, young readers will be inspired by Lola’s big heart and creative spirit as she learns to navigate the second grade in true Lola style!

Ages: Grades 2-5

The Nocturnals The Mysterious Abductions

The Nocturnals The Mysterious Abductions
By Tracey Hecht

If you have an animal lover, then this Award Winning book is for you. Said to be the perfect read-aloud for parents and kids together. So snuggle up each evening before bed and read about the adventures of a group of animals who band together to protect their friends and find adventure! A charming story.

Ages: Middle School

God Bless Texas

God Bless Texas
Illustrated by Peter Francis

Even our little ones want to know how special Texas is! Take a tour with your child and explore the most amazing landmarks and cities in the Lone Star State, including the Alamo, Guadalupe Peak, the NASA Space Center, and much more. You may be inspired to take a road trip.

Ages: Early Readers

Raising an Entrepreneur

Raising an Entrepreneur
By Margot Bisnow

It’s said that behind every successful entrepreneur are parents who helped nurture their child’s passion into a fulfilling and successful career. Written by a mother of two thriving entrepreneurs, who interviewed 60 entrepreneurs and their moms! Like, TOMS Shoes, founder Blake Mycoskie, Wordpress founder, Matt Mullenweg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and many more.

Ages: Parents & Budding Entrepreneurs

Camp Rolling Hills

Camp Rolling Hills
By Stacy Davidowitz

A good read with lasting memories. Middle grade readers will devour this laugh-out-loud book about the world of summer camp. With letters home (may inspire a few of their own,) a map, a scrapbook, and of course, prank wars! Know that Camp Rolling Hills captures everything about summer and the years before tweens become teens.

Ages: Middle School

Real Life Family Photography

Real Life Family Photography
By Amy Drucker

Amy shares both her professional secrets and her personal experience photographing her family. She teaches you how to integrate photography into your daily life; and by doing so, you will build a collection of photos to treasure and enjoy for years to come. This book with displayed images is a hands-on guide that is divided into four chapters: The Basics, Babies, Kids and Family.

Ages: Tween to adult

100 Women Who Made History

100 Women Who Made History
By Stella Caldwell, Clair Hibbert, Andrea Mills, & Rona Skene

This book is an inspiring guide and learning tool for all children. Young and old readers can take a tour of the past and discover the stories of remarkable women who shaped our modern world. Celebrate Women’s History Month with 100 Women Who Made History in a unique way.

Ages: All

Light of Her Children

Light of Her Children
By Ronald James Newton

A heartwarming and remarkable story told by Ronald James Newton of his life with 19 siblings, one of which is his twin. Covering several generations, one learns about their everyday lives and their dependence upon one another, and their mother who guided and nurtured her 20 children while constantly reminding them of the virtues they hold dear, like cooperation!

Ages: Teens to Adult

The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs

The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs
By Mike Lowery

Hey! PLEASE WRITE AND DRAW IN THIS BOOK! That’s right, in this three-book series readers are recruited to take part on a very important mission. And the best part is they are encouraged to be co-writers and co-illustrators of this wacky tale. You may be asked to design a spacesuit and rocket ship, or decorate for a birthday party, and, most importantly, share must-have snacks necessary for space travel

Ages: 8+

The Plans I Have For You Holy Bible

The Plans I Have For You Holy Bible
Notes by Amy Parker

Adults aren’t the only ones who find themselves wondering and worrying about the future; even children desire reassurance that God has great plans for them. This Bible helps readers journey through the Bible paying special attention to Gods promises. There is even Promise Prayers that guide readers to ask God to help them fulfill his plans for them. So look for these uplifting versus abut God’s promises that are highlighted throughout the Bible, ready to delight the reader with encouragement!

Ages: Tweens to Teens

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

The Legend of the Sand Dollar
By Chris Auer

A newly illustrated edition that will renew the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale. This classic is brought to life for a new generation by telling the story of Kerry, as her cousin, Jack, reveals to her the deeper meaning of Easter hidden within something as small as a sand dollar. This Easter tale reminds everyone everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all.

Ages: 2-14

How Autism Is Reshaping Special Education

How Autism Is Reshaping Special Education
By Mark K. Claypool & John M. McLaughlin

A valuable overview of special education’s successes and shortfalls. In their groundbreaking new book, the authors explain how four major events have transpired since the last reauthorization of IDEA : the increase in the number of children diagnosed with autism, the rise of applied behavior analysis, the birth of social media, and the reality of unbundling.

Ages: Parents

Pearla and her Unpredictable Perfect Day

Pearla and her Unpredictable Perfect Day
By Rochel Lieberman

Some days are unpredictable! This is a scrumptious tale for children aged 4-12, particularly those who experience anxiety or developmental issues. It demonstrates that you can’t succeed unless you try and that it’s ok to make mistakes. Pearla’s strategies for solving her problems will help children to overcome their own hurdles.

Ages: 4-12

The Thing about Jellyfish

The Thing about Jellyfish
By Ali Benjamin

A tale of a tween discovering both ordinary and extraordinary loss. In this story, Suzy explores life, death, and the astonishing wonder of the universe: “Stunning and magical.” – Reese Witherspoon. “Triumphs in the affecting realities of emotional response and resilience; superbly written and heartfelt.” – School Library Journal.

Ages: 12+ up

How Not to Hate Your Husband after Kids

How Not to Hate Your Husband after Kids
By Jancee Dunn

This book is part memoir of discovery, part parenting and marriage how-to, and part intriguing exploration of science that explains why we behave the way we do. Writer, Dunn, had a peaceful, loving marriage – until she had a baby and found herself filled with molten rage when her husband wouldn’t help with childcare and housework. Dunn proves to be a cleaver, honest and hilarious writer. Learn actionable advice that she puts to use in her own relationship.

Ages: Women

SPY on History

SPY on History
By Enigma Alberti

Delve into the details of Mary’s heroic story; uncover an unknown nugget of history with the added opportunity of solving a mystery as you read. There’s also a mystery in the book itself; you’ll use the clues and codes to discover Mary’s last secret.

Ages: Ages: 10+ up

Unashamed

Unashamed
By Tracy Levinson

This book allows you to take a fresh look at dating for a new generation of young women. Tracy Levinson shares grace infused insight, wisdom, laughter and liberating truth. Enjoy candid conversations about dating, love, and more. A great book for moms to read with their young daughters and for conversations with their sons. Tracy Levinson is a local Colleyville mom, who mentors more darling young women than she can count. Learn more about her ministry at tracylevinson.com

Ages: 18+ up

The Illustrated ART of MANLINESS

The Illustrated ART of MANLINESS
By Brett McKay

Hands-on guide to the lost art of being a man – This is the ultimate guide to becoming a better husband, father, friend, and citizen, and part of a new generation of great men. Learn the essentials: Survival, Self Defense, Style, Chivalry, Car Repair, and more! Learn from more than 100 practical skills every modern man should possess. These stylish illustrated how-to-guides help men live up to their full potential, while covering every facet of modern man: The Adventurer, The Gentleman, The Technician, The Warrior, The Family Man, and The Leader.

Ages: Young Men and up

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society
By Trenton Lee Stewart

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear reader, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Read to learn what they had to do to accomplish it! And, if you’re gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.

Ages: 8-12

52 Things Kids Need From A Dad

52 Things Kids Need From A Dad
By Jay Payleitner

You spend a lot of time with your kids, but do you know what they really need? Offering straightforward advice and step-up-to-the-mark challenges, veteran dad Payleitner empowers you to be a confident father by providing a year’s worth of focused, doable activities; uncomplicated ways to be an example; and tough, frank talk on thorny issues.

Ages: Fathers