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
SPY on History
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.
By Enigma Alberti
Ages: Ages: 10+ up
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
By Tracy Levinson
Ages: 18+ up
The Illustrated ART of MANLINESS
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.
By Brett McKay
Ages: Young Men and up
The Mysterious Benedict Society
“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.
By Trenton Lee Stewart
52 Things Kids Need From A Dad
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.
By Jay Payleitner
Tender at the Bone
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.
By Ruth Reichl
Ages: Young Adults and up
Boost Your Breast Milk
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!
By Alicia C. Simpson
Ages: For Nursing Moms
100 First Words
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
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.
By Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks
Ages: All ages
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.
By Catherine Newman
Laugh Out Loud
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?
By James Patterson
How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, 2nd Edition
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.
By Tim Seldin
Ages: Parents and Caregivers
Whispers of Wisdom for Single Moms
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.
By Barbor Publishing
All on One Plate
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.
By Solveig Brown
He’s Not Lazy
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.
By Adam Price, PhD
The School Year Survival Cookbook
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.
By Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh
Ages: Parents and kids
Someday, Someday, Maybe.
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.
By Lauren Graham
Ages: Teens - Adults
Big Words for Little Geniuses
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.
By Susan and James Patterson
Ages: Read aloud with littles