Book Drive to Support Houston-Area Unaccompanied Minors

“Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds.” – Roxane Gay

Local librarians and Brazos Bookstore are partnering to collect books for children separated from their families and housed across the Houston area. We recognize and appreciate the various ways that Houstonians are supporting these vulnerable communities (donating to legal efforts, raising awareness, and volunteering just to name a few), but we also strongly believe in the power of books. Books provide an escape from the walls of detention centers and the ability to free the mind and heart –– if only for a little while.

Please consider donating one or two titles based on the book guidelines listed below, or ask staff for recommendations. Orders purchased in person or online from Brazos Bookstore benefitting the book drive will receive a 15% discount through Tuesday, July 31st. When ordering through our website, please input coupon "BOOKDRIVE2018" at checkout to apply 15% off donations.

We also welcome donations of gently used books. Below are guidelines for donations.

Suggested Donation Guidelines: educational titles preferred, bilingual (Spanish/English) or Spanish text, picture books, board books are especially encouraged, early-reading level or books for young readers.

Please contact Elizabeth Lisa Cruces at lisacruces@gmail.com or at 713-743-9903 if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. Books will be collected from Monday, June 25-Tuesday, July 31.


Check out a few recommendations below:

Dia de Los Muertos Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807515662
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2015

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred Cover Image
By Samantha R. Vamos, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781580892438
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Charlesbridge - August 1st, 2013

My Big Barefoot Book of Spanish and English Words Cover Image
By Sophie Fatus (With)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781782852865
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Barefoot Books - April 30th, 2016

Abecedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish (First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art) Cover Image
By Cynthia Weill, K. B. Basseches (Photographer), Armando Jimenez (Artist)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781941026663
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Cinco Puntos Press - April 11th, 2017

Where's Waldo? 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763695798
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - May 16th, 2017

Juliana Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781432702533
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Outskirts Press - March 23rd, 2008

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Cover Image
By Margarita Engle, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312659288
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - March 15th, 2011

Popol Vuj Cover Image
By Victor Montejo, Luis Garay (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780888993625
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Libros Tigrillo - September 14th, 1999

Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780892393749
Availability: Backordered
Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - October 15th, 2016

Somos Como Las Nubes / We Are Like the Clouds Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781554988495
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Groundwood Books - October 11th, 2016

?La senorita Nelson ha desaparecido! Cover Image
By Harry G. Allard, James Marshall (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780395900086
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 30th, 1998

Call Me Tree: Llamame Arbol Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780892392940
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - November 1st, 2014

Siesta Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060560614
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 29th, 2005

Esperanza Rising (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780439120425
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - May 1st, 2002

Esperanza renace (Esperanza Rising): (Spanish language edition of Esperanza Rising) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780439398855
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic en Espanol - August 1st, 2002

I Am a Big Sister! / íSoy una hermana mayor! (Bilingual) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545847186
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic en Espanol - August 25th, 2015

Devolver al Remitente (Return to Sender Spanish Edition) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375851247
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling - September 14th, 2010

El camioncito azul abre el camino (Little Blue Truck Leads the Way Spanish board book) Cover Image
By Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544708976
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

La verdadera historia de los tres cerditos Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator), Maria Negroni (Translated by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780140557589
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - March 1st, 1996

El principito (Spanish) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780156013925
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - September 4th, 2001

¡La Paloma encuentra un perro caliente! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423140511
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 24th, 2011

El gran día de Lily: Lily's Big Day (Spanish edition) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061363160
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins Espanol - March 18th, 2008

La Princesa and the Pea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399251566
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

La lección de August: Wonder (Spanish-language Edition) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780804171120
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Espanol - April 1st, 2014

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