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Author Jean Kyoung Frazier Recommends Books and Bites

Author Jean Kyoung Frazier offers book and bites recommendations to celebrate the debut novel, PIZZA GIRL, available now!

If you’re anything like me, you like eating and you like reading. If you’re a lot like me, they may be your two favorite things to do, especially at the same time.

Below, check out some books I’ve read and loved recently, some snacks that will only make them better.

HOMIE by Danez Smith / Salt and Vinegar chips

Pizza Girl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545723
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - June 9th, 2020

Pre-Order Katherine Center's WHAT YOU WISH FOR, get a free READ FOR JOY journal!

Pre-order Katherine Center's new novel WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

The first 50 pre-orders will receive a free READ FOR JOY journal! 

And mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7:00pm CST for our virtual book launch event with Katherine Center, in conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid.

What You Wish For: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250219367
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 14th, 2020

Brazos is returning to CURBSIDE PICKUP and SHIPPED ORDERS only!

Due to the growing severity of the COVID situation in Houston, Brazos Bookstore will no longer be open to the public.

We will be returning to CURBSIDE PICKUP & SHIPPED ORDERS only for the foreseeable future, beginning tomorrow, Saturday, June 27.

The safety of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance at this time and it is crucial that we do our part in urging folks to STAY HOME and STAY SAFE!

Joy Interviews Zoraida Córdova, author of THE WAY TO RIO LUNA

I’ve been a fan of Zoraida Córdova’s YA novels since the beginning, so I’m always on the lookout for her newest titles. But what an extra treat to find that she has also dipped her writerly toes in the world of middle grade novels with THE WAY TO RIO LUNA, her newest fantasy out this week from Scholastic. It's got this great classic Narnia sort of feel, with secrets lands and adventures and gently scary villains - perfect for younger middle schoolers and up!

The Way to Rio Luna Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338239546
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 2nd, 2020

2020 Adult Bookmark Contest WINNERS!

Our Kid’s Bookmark Contest has been a beloved Brazos tradition for many years. This year we decided to create a contest for adults as well! Our staff was absolutely blown away by the talent and creativity of our participants in the 2020 Adult Bookmark Contest! There were so many amazing designs submitted and we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who explored their creativity through this contest and shared their results with us!

Lyric Reviews EAVESdrop by Sarah Riggs

Before the word “eavesdrop” meant someone who listens from under the eaves, the word referred to the drip of water from the overhang of a roof of a dwelling structure. Riggs begins her book of poems, EAVESDROP, with a nod to this original meaning: “The sky / falls furiously and softly / a window with a ledge with eyes looking through it.” From there, Riggs’s poems constellate into cooperative acts of art including dance, translation, drawing, and citation.

Eavesdrop Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946104236
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chax Press - May 1st, 2020

Kid's Summer Reading Guide 2020!

As summertime comes into full swing we’re looking forward to some amazing new reads! Check out our Summer Reading Guide for 2020 to discover our picks for each age group and genre below – and be sure to look for the Treehouse stamp of approval noting our favorite books in each section! 

Kids Bookmark Contest 2020 Winners!

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this year's bookmark contest! It was so difficult to choose between all your lovely entries as they were all so full of talent and passion. Please see the winners below and check out their amazing artwork!

We will be printing and using their bookmarks all summer long, so order some books and check out the amazing art!


Kindergarten Winner: Navomi 

1st & 2nd Grade Winner: Claudia

Lyric Reviews AMERICA, MINE

“If you don’t know it, make it up.” Thus Sasha Banks implores Black Americans to reshape America in our own image in a poem from her first full-length book, AMERICA, MINE In a poem that echoes an exam-- either for school or for citizenship, Banks asks us to record what we remember of an America that has passed away into memory, throwing into doubt everything we thought we knew about history.


America, Mine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947918047
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Co-Im-Press - April 24th, 2020

French Snail Adventures: Joy and Laura G Interview Dashka Slater

ESCARGOT, the story of a fabulous French snail, is one of our favorite picture books here at Brazos. So of course, Laura and I were totally over the moon with excitement when Macmillan told us that they’d accepted our pitch for events and school visits for its fabulous author, Dashka Slater, for the sequel, A BOOK FOR ESCARGOT. And then came the spread of COVID-19 and events began to cancel one by one. 

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A Book for Escargot Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374312862
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 7th, 2020

Escargot Cover Image
By Dashka Slater, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374302818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 11th, 2017