Bookshelf

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

Tender at the Bone

Tender at the Bone
By Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl discovered that food could be a way of making sense of the world. Her deliciously crafted memoir,Tender at the Bone, is the story of a life determined, enhanced, and defined in equal measure by a passion for food, unforgettable people, and the love of tales well told. A good summer read spiced with Reichl’s infectious humor and sprinkled with her favorite recipes.

Ages: Young Adults and up

Boost Your Breast Milk

Boost Your Breast Milk
By Alicia C. Simpson

An all-in-one guide for nursing mothers to build a healthy milk supply. Learn from a nutrition and lactation expert who offers practical and clear guidance on nursing and how to ensure a healthy and nutritious supply of milk for infants. Perfect for moms and soon-to-be moms; Simpson supplies everything from breastfeeding basics to in-depth information on nursing, like latching, positioning and even causes of low milk supply. Recipes to boost milk supply too!

Ages: For Nursing Moms

100 First Words

100 First Words
By DK

A great way to start your baby’s learning adventure is by introducing them to primary concepts like shapes, colors, animals, and so much more. Covers 14 themed pages covering all the familiar things little ones are interested in, with a sturdy board book format designed for small hands, 100 First Words is the perfect first book for parents and babies to share.

Ages: Parents & Babies

Fantastic Forts

Fantastic Forts
By Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks

Inspiration for wild hideaways! Building a fort, treehouse or hideaway is part of childhood’s imaginary world, where anything might be possible We all know that forts are universal places and can be made almost anywhere out of almost anything. So read and learn the basics of building a fort, how to waterproof and furnish it, and specific advice on several different sorts of forts.

Ages: All ages

Catastrophic Happiness

Catastrophic Happiness
By Catherine Newman

A book that brings to life the beauty, terror and harrowing monotony of parenthood with heart-squeezing perfection. This new addition to the literature of parenthood offers mothers of children ages 3-14 years a way of not just surviving but also savoring their children’s passing years. Warm and engaging, this book is excellent company for mothers, grandmothers and caregivers.

Ages: Parents

Laugh Out Loud

Laugh Out Loud
By James Patterson

Jimmy loves reading so much that he’s inspired to start his own book company—as marvelous and fun as Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. It’s a big dream for a twelve-year-old boy—some would even say it’s laugh-out-loud ridiculous! But Jimmy’s doubters soon learn that he’s not the kind of kid who gives up easily. Jimmy’s story is entertaining and relatable in every way – what kid wouldn’t want to be their own boss and leave the grown-ups in the dust?

Ages: 10-17

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd Edition

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd Edition
By Tim Seldin

An updated edition which includes information about the neuroscience of child development! And sensitive periods (birth to six years) in which they are primed to learn. These opportunities don’t come twice. Packed with Montessori-based preschool activities and games that build confidence and independence through active learning.

Ages: Parents and Caregivers

Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms

Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms
By Barbor Publishing

This brand-new devotional provides practical encouragement for single moms in the trenches of life. A beautiful book of encouragement for an entire year! 365 Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms is a spiritual boost for those who need it most. Written by those who have been there. Brief, easy-to-read meditations are ideal for time-starved single moms and feature encouraging scriptures and prayers.

Ages: Moms

All on One Plate

All on One Plate
By Solveig Brown

This will be an invaluable resource for mothers who have internalized societal messages of obligation and might not see the big picture. “When mothers routinely feel guilty, stressed out and overcommitted, it is likely that something in our culture is contributing to this,” Brown writes. “Yet many of the mothers I interviewed thought the problem was with them and that they were doing something wrong, or that it is easier for other mothers.” Relax, Brown says. It’s not just you.

Ages: Moms

He’s Not Lazy

He’s Not Lazy
By Adam Price, PhD

Capable teenage boys often seem lazy. Impervious to academic pressure and only making time for video games, Facebook, and friends. An attitude that can be frustrating to parents and teachers. But, Dr. Price, a clinical psychologist, has a different approach. With this book, parents can learn how to avoid power struggles and empower their son to believe in himself.

Ages: Parents

The School Year Survival Cookbook

The School Year Survival Cookbook
By Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh

A wonderful book that addresses every major food dilemma parents face during the school year. Road tested and guaranteed to work - effective strategies to keep your family on track; even during the most hectic weeks. Hey, you can become a “lunch ninja” that packs lunches that will not go un-eaten.

Ages: Parents and kids

Someday, Someday, Maybe.

Someday, Someday, Maybe.
By Lauren Graham

A charming novel penned by Lauren Graham, that you may know as the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. Graham’s witty, charming, and hilariously relatable novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead and keep it together in New York City, will become your favorite read – and your friends will want you to share it when done! This book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

Ages: Teens - Adults

Big Words for Little Geniuses

Big Words for Little Geniuses
By Susan and James Patterson

A fun book to read with your little “moppet” to learn impressively big words from A-Z. But don’t be surprised if they actually become a “flibbertigibbet” and whoo you and everyone else with conversation.

Ages: Read aloud with littles