Perfect Pairings: Books to Read with Your Kids

Article by marycatherine

As summer winds down and the kids head back to school, don’t think you have to give up time with your family, parents! If you’re missing the time you spent together over the summer and looking for ways to keep conversation going with your children over the school year, we’ve got a solution: read together! Our kids specialist Mary-Catherine has put together a list of perfect books to read simultaneously with your kids, along with suggestions for discussion topics and fun related outings. You’ll have great things to talk about over dinner, and maybe get your kids sharing about their lives in addition to the books.

Lost for Words Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374280291
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 20th, 2014

I Kill the Mockingbird Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596437425
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 20th, 2014

You read: LOST FOR WORDS by Edward St. Aubyn

Your child reads: I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD by Paul Acampora

Bond while discussing: Bookish inside jokes, buzzy topics in the world of books like book banning and the politics of who wins awards, reading and books as a social force and community builder.

Quality time idea: A reading at Brazos! Perhaps Jasper Fforde on October 15 at 7PM?


The Infatuations Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307950734
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - April 22nd, 2014

We Were Liars Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385741262
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - May 13th, 2014

You read: THE INFATUATIONS by Javier Marias

Your child reads: WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart

Bond while discussing: How it’s impossible to really know someone by their appearance or perceived lifestyle, the dangers of assuming that someone’s life is perfect, the excitement of reading thrillers and how satisfying you found the endings of each book.

Quality time idea: People watch together at a mall, park, or restaurant and create stories for the people you see.


A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal Cover Image
By Ben Macintyre, John le Carre (Afterword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780804136631
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - July 29th, 2014

Spy School Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442421837
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

You read: A SPY AMONG FRIENDS by Ben Macintyre

Your child reads: SPY SCHOOL by Stuart Gibbs

Bond while discussing: The cool and not so cool parts of spying, highlights of cold war and espionage history, various trench coat styles.

Quality time idea: Pick up one of our awesome spy kits and unravel the mysteries of your neighborhood!


Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393348804
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 3rd, 2014

Under the Egg Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803740013
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - March 18th, 2014

You read: You read: SAVING ITALY by Robert M. Edsel

Your child reads: Your child reads: UNDER THE EGG by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Bond while discussing: Bond while discussing: The forgotten history of the Monuments Men and their role in WWII, the importance and value of art, the different artists discussed in both books.

Quality time idea: Field trip to one of Houston’s many art museums together!


The Undertaking Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780802122452
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Grove Press - August 19th, 2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062278814
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 22nd, 2014

You read: THE UNDERTAKING by Audrey Magee

Your child reads: PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG by Anne Blankman

Bond while discussing: WWII and the Holocaust, the factors that compel people to be complicit with evil, the power of cross-cultural friendships.

Quality time idea: A trip to Houston’s powerful and moving Holocaust museum.


Night Film Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812979787
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade - July 1st, 2014

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616953607
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Teen - August 12th, 2014

You read: NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl

Your child reads: THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE by Adele Griffin

Bond while discussing: The different reading experience of books with multimedia and art included along with text, the pressure of fame--especially as it impacts young stars or prodigies.

Quality time idea: Create art together! Film a movie in the backyard, paint a ceramic pot, create collages of your favorite family photos.


The Last Days of California Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780871405883
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - January 20th, 2014

What We Lost Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316232180
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

You read: THE LAST DAYS OF CALIFORNIA by Mary Miller

Your child reads: WHAT WE LOST by Sara Zarr

Bond while discussing: The ways both teenage girl protagonists explore their relationship to God in the face of crisis, the impact of fear quickly spreading throughout a community, the too-common disconnect between parents and teens.

Quality time idea: A road trip! Enjoy having each other as a captive audience for a while.


The Other Side Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935639831
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Tin House Books - July 15th, 2014

The Truth about Alice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596439092
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 3rd, 2014

You read: THE OTHER SIDE by Lacy Johnson

Your child reads: THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Mathieu

Bond while discussing: Sexual consent and why it’s vitally important, bullying and how it contributes to rape culture.

Quality time idea: Volunteer at the Houston Area Women’s Center together (visit their website for more information)!


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