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The Mexican Revolution, Family, and the Writer's Journey: An Interview with Alda P. Dobbs

I first met Alda P. Dobbs through SCBWI, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, where I was fortunate enough to be her mentor when the book that would become BAREFOOT DREAMS OF PETRA LUNA won the Joan Lowery Nixon Award. This meant it was a manuscript for children that our committee chose as having the fullest potential to be acquired by a publisher.

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ISBN: 9781728234656
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

Preorder Campaign for THE BEATRYCE PROPHECY


We cannot wait for two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo's (The Tale of DesperauxBecause of Winn-Dixie) latest middle grade novel, THE BEATRYCE PROPHECY! Illustrated by two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall (Hello LighthouseFinding Winnie), THE BEATRYCE PROPHECY is a love letter to the power of the written word.

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By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536213614
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall comes a fantastical meditation on fate, love, and the power of words to spell the world.

We shall all, in the end, be led to where we belong. We shall all, in the end, find our way home.

In a time of war, a mysterious child appears at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Gentle Brother Edik finds the girl, Beatryce, curled in a stall, wracked with fever, coated in dirt and blood, and holding fast to the ear of Answelica the goat. As the monk nurses Beatryce to health, he uncovers her dangerous secret, one that imperils them all—for the king of the land seeks just such a girl, and Brother Edik, who penned the prophecy himself, knows why.

And so it is that a girl with a head full of stories—powerful tales-within-the-tale of queens and kings, mermaids and wolves—ventures into a dark wood in search of the castle of one who wishes her dead. But Beatryce knows that, should she lose her way, those who love her—a wild-eyed monk, a man who had once been king, a boy with a terrible sword, and a goat with a head as hard as stone—will never give up searching for her, and to know this is to know everything. With its timeless themes, unforgettable cast, and magical medieval setting, Kate DiCamillo’s lyrical tale, paired with resonant black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall, is a true collaboration between masters.

Children's Book Drive Benefiting the HAWC

This July as part of our Summer of Women, Brazos will be running a Children’s Book Drive benefiting the Houston Area Women’s Shelter (HAWC). You can purchase books online or in store to donate during the month of July and receive 10% off your entire purchase (using the code HAWC online). 

When placing your online order, please specify in the comments which books you would like to be donated.

HAWC is only accepting new books at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Kids Summer Reading Guide 2021!

As summertime comes into full swing we’re looking forward to some amazing new reads! Check out our Summer Reading Guide for 2021 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 2021 Winners!

We received so many wonderful submissions filled with talent and passion! It was so difficult to choose winners from your beautiful artwork. Thank you to everyone who submitted their artwork. We loved seeing your creativity.

Check out below to see our 2021 Winners!

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


Kindergarten Winner: Isabel 

Middle School, Journaling, and a Life in Poems: An Interview with Ellen Hagan

Ellen Hagan is so many things: Author. Poet. Performer. Educator. Self-proclaimed documentarian. She is also the author of RECKLESS, GLORIOUS, GIRL, a lovely, heartwarming middle grade novel in verse set in her home state of Kentucky. I raced through this book, drawn to the characters and story. Seventh grade, as Ellen and I discuss below, is such a strange and specific time, and Ellen brings those feelings and emotions to life so wonderfully. Here’s what she had to say when we chatted. 


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ISBN: 9781547604609
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 23rd, 2021

Mystery Houses and Family: An Interview with Elana K. Arnold

I’ve been a huge fan of Elana K. Arnold’s fearless and varied work for years now. Elana writes everything from picture books to middle grade novels to brilliant YA/adult crossovers and more. Always her stories dig into what it means to be human and the often fascinating moments where the everyday and ordinary meet the strange and unusual. Her newest middle grade novel, THE HOUSE THAT WASN’T THERE is simply brilliant and we’ll be hosting her in May to discuss it with our middle grade book club for readers 8-12!

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ISBN: 9780062937063
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Walden Pond Press - March 30th, 2021

Kid's Bookmark Contest 2021

We give out a LOT of bookmarks here at Brazos, and we are always looking for new ideas for their design. So once again we’re asking kids to lend their artistic expertise to our annual Bookmark Contest! Download the official entry form here! Artwork and completed entry forms must be returned to Brazos Bookstore either in store or scanned and emailed to




Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr: Husband and Wife, Author and Illustrator

What’s more fun than a husband/wife author/illustrator duo? Getting to interview Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr, that’s what? We have been huge fans since they visited the store one Spring Break in the before times, and so it was a great pleasure to chat with them about their new MG series, THE COOKIE CHRONICLES. And they even provided illustrations!


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By Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593302750
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Endless Waiting (Cookie Chronicles #2) Cover Image
By Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593302767
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Brazos Treehouse Spring Break 2021: Digging for Dinos!

We couldn't be more excited to announce our Virtual Spring Break program for 2021: Digging for Dinos! Check out our schedule below to learn more about our Paleontological Plans!


Saturday, March 13 at 3pm