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.
By Nancy Churnin
Ages: 7-12 Years
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!
By Mark Cuban, Shaan Patel, & Ian McCue
Ages: 9-13 Years
Mercies In Disguise: A Story of Hope, A Families Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them
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.
By Gina Kolata
Ages: For Young and Older Adults
Celine, a novel
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?
By Peter Heller
Ages: For Readers of Suspense
Another Place at the Table
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.
By Kathy Harrison
Ages: For Parents
Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine
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.
By Kat Lee
Ages: For Moms
Decluttering at the Speed of Life
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!
By Dana K. White
Ages: For families
Autism Uncensored: Pulling Back the Curtain
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.
By Whitney Ellenby
Ages: For Parents
Am I Enough?
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.
By Grace Valentine
Ages: For Moms and Daughters
All My Stripes
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.
By Shaina Rudolph
Ages: For families
Steal Like An Artist 10 Things That Nobody Told You About Being Creative
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.
By Austin Kleon
Ages: Tweens and Up
How to Draw Cool Things
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.
By Rachel Goldstein
Ages: Older Children to Adults
The Creative Family Manifesto
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!
By Amanda Blake Soule
Blue & Other Colours with 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.
By Henri Matisse
The Self-Driven Child
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.
By William Stixrud, Ph.D and Ned Johnson
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.
By Emily G. Stroud
Ages: Adults and Young Adults
The Dental Diet
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.
By Dr. Steven Lin
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.
By Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN & Chef Sara Haas, RDN, LDN
I’m Just No Good At Rhyming
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!
By Chris Harris
Ages: 6 and up
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.
By Kim Lehman
Bearded Gospel Men
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!
By Jared Brock and Aaron Alford
Ages: Men of all ages
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.
By Jessica Townsend
Do You Know Who You Are?
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.
By Megan Kaye and Allie Singer
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!
By Boris Entrup
Ages: Teens + Women
Keeper of The Lost Cities
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!
By Shannon Messenger
Ages: Young Readers
The Acorn Stories
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.
By Duane Simolke
Ages: Young Adults and up
A Teen’s Guide to GUT HEALTH
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.
By Rachel Meltzer Warren
Ages: Teens and Parents
My Book of Beautiful OOPS!
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.
By Barney Saltzberg
Ages: Young Artists
The Creative Family Manifesto
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!
By Amanda Blake Soule
God’s Great Love for You
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.
By Rick Warren
Ages: Children of All Ages
That’s Not Hay in My Hair
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.
By Juliette Turner
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.
By Karen Harrington
Ages: Middle School
U Chic: College Girls’ Real Advice for Your First Year (& Beyond)
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!
By Christie Garton
Ages: College Bound
Dear Daycare Parent
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!
By Jackie Rioux and Jo-Ann Parylak
Stef Soto, Taco Queen
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.
By Jennifer Torres
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!
By Monica Brown
Ages: Grades 2-5
The Nocturnals The Mysterious Abductions
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.
By Tracey Hecht
Ages: Middle School
God Bless Texas
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.
Illustrated by Peter Francis
Ages: Early Readers
Raising an Entrepreneur
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.
By Margot Bisnow
Ages: Parents & Budding Entrepreneurs
Camp Rolling Hills
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.
By Stacy Davidowitz
Ages: Middle School
Real Life Family Photography
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.
By Amy Drucker
Ages: Tween to adult
100 Women Who Made History
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.
By Stella Caldwell, Clair Hibbert, Andrea Mills, & Rona Skene
Light of Her Children
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!
By Ronald James Newton
Ages: Teens to Adult
The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs
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
By Mike Lowery
The Plans I Have For You Holy Bible
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!
Notes by Amy Parker
Ages: Tweens to Teens
The Legend of the Sand Dollar
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.
By Chris Auer
How Autism Is Reshaping Special Education
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.
By Mark K. Claypool & John M. McLaughlin
Pearla and her Unpredictable Perfect Day
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.
By Rochel Lieberman
The Thing about Jellyfish
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.
By Ali Benjamin
Ages: 12+ up
How Not to Hate Your Husband after Kids
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.
By Jancee Dunn