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Brazos Childhood Favorites!

Look at these photos! We were all undeniably adorable and we were also all incredible bookworms! Here are some of our all-time favorite books from when we were kids. Take a look, relive those golden days of childhood, and check out our picks in-store on the green cube outside the kid’s room! Feeling nostalgic? Come on in and tell us about your most beloved stories!


AMY

The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books By Maud Hart Lovelace Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062095879
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 8th, 2011

 

 

This package consists of the first four books in Maud Hart Lovelace's beloved Besty-Tacy series, which follows two best friends (and their Crowd) from childhood through high school and into adulthood. These books are where it all begins, as a lifelong friendship is born at a little girl's 5th birthday party. I still read the entire series pretty much every year and I can never get enough. You will want to be friends with Betsy and Tacy too. 

 

 



JOY


All-of-a-Kind Family (All-of-a-Kind Family Classics) By Sydney Taylor Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780440400592
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yearling - December 1st, 1984

 

 

One of my very favorite childhood reads was All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (for whom the Sydney Taylor Book Award is named!) It was one of the few books that had positive, fun, Jewish child representation and that wasn't an issue book. I loved that story about five sisters at the turn of the 20th century on New York City's Lower East Side--their sibling story, their silly hijinks, their family life, and their authentic Jewishness. I still have a copy on my office bookshelf! 

 



KEATON


Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep By Jack Prelutsky, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jack Prelutsky, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
$17.89
ISBN: 9780688840532
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 1st, 1976

Coming across this collection of dark poems for children was one of the first times I ever remember experiencing outright joy from reading. In fact, Nightmares is the only book I still own from my childhood. (Although, now it haunts my son's bookshelf.) It's also probably more than partly responsible for the horror nerd I am today. Eerie illustrations paired with fun macabre verse from the great Jack Prelutsky make this a memorable read for any little monster and just perfect for spooky season storytimes! Sleep tight!!! 

*note: This is the photo Keaton provided. Any issues with accuracy must be taken up with Keaton.



KIARRA


The Mysterious Benedict Society By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316003957
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2008

This was one of my favorite books when I was younger (I can still vividly picture the world that I created in my head!). It is also responsible for piquing my interest in stories that follow competitive, academia adventures. In this book, dozens of gifted children are called upon to take a series of mysterious tests. Only four children are inducted into the Benedict society. These four are sent on missions in which their intelligence, creativity, and friendship will be tested in order to succeed at the trials that they are given. 



LAILA


Maisy Goes Shopping By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lucy Cousins, Lucy Cousins (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780763615031
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - March 19th, 2001

 

 

This is part of an adorable series of books based on the 1999 TV show, both of which I loved as a little girl. Maisy the mouse gets into wonderful adventures with her animal friends as they take on the world together. Looking back on them as an adult is extra heartwarming as Maisy is doing all the adult tasks I'm learning to do, and wearing cute dresses while doing them.

 

 

 



LAURA


The Girl Who Could Fly (Piper McCloud #1) By Victoria Forester Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250072467
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - October 27th, 2015

 

 

Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie! This is a soaring tale of a farm girl who's just a little bit different. It's odd, it's sweet, it's one of my all time favorites! Just read the first page and tell me you're not in love. You just can't keep a good girl down!

 

 

 

 



MARK


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780064471046
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - March 5th, 2002

 

An introduction to an incredible series and my personal introduction to the possibility of storytelling. Siblings, magic, Turkish Delight...superb!

 

 

 

 

 

 



PATRICK


The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread By Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763680893
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - December 8th, 2015

This is the book that made me fall in love with reading. Heroic mice and the importance of stories and much much more. From start to finish it is full of adventure, wonder, and heart. 

*Photo is of a young Patrick trying to sell homemade books from his driveway. So basically he was destined to become a bookseller. 

 


NOW ANNOUNCING: On a Tangent Teen Book Club!

We are so excited to announce our latest book club, On a Tangent Teen Book Club! On a Tangent Book Club is a virtual book club for teenagers age 13-18. Join fellow readers for a book club discussion facilitated by our Children’s and Teen’s Specialist, Laura.

Preorder HARRY POTTER ILLUSTRATED EDITION BOOK 5 Today!

 

The fifth book in the beloved, bestselling Harry Potter series, now illustrated in brilliant full color by Jim Kay!

Click below to preorder your copy today.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Illustrated Edition will be published on October 11, 2022.

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 5) (Illustrated edition) By J. K. Rowling, Mr. Jim Kay (Illustrator), Neil Packer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mr. Jim Kay (Illustrator), Neil Packer (Illustrator)
$54.99
ISBN: 9780545791434
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 11th, 2022



Catch up on the rest of the series below...


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition (Illustrated): The Illustrated Edition By J. K. Rowling, Mr. Jim Kay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mr. Jim Kay (Illustrator)
$39.99
ISBN: 9780545790352
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 6th, 2015

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition (Illustrated) By J. K. Rowling, Mr. Jim Kay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mr. Jim Kay (Illustrator)
$39.99
ISBN: 9780545791328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 4th, 2016

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition By Mr. Jim Kay, J. K. Rowling, Mr. Jim Kay (Illustrator) Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780545791342
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 3rd, 2017

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 4) (Illustrated edition) By J. K. Rowling, Mr. Jim Kay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mr. Jim Kay (Illustrator)
$47.99
ISBN: 9780545791427
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 8th, 2019

In Person Story Time Returns!

We are so pleased to announce that Brazos will be returning to bi-weekly in person Story Times in September!

Please note that Story Time will look a little bit different from how we've previously run it. We will be unable to provide snacks and there will unfortunately be no craft, however we'll still have loads of fun reading and exploring fantastic books!

Face Masks are highly recommended for all adults and children over the age of 2.

Mouse Calls By Anne Marie Pace, Erin Kraan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anne Marie Pace, Erin Kraan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534453753
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beach Lane Books - August 23rd, 2022

The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back By Jonathan Stutzman, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536216790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - August 30th, 2022


On Saturday, September 17 at 10am we'll be reading...


The Last Rainbow Bird By Nora Brech, Polly Lawson (Translator) Cover Image
By Nora Brech, Polly Lawson (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781782508007
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Floris Books - September 6th, 2022

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Fiona the Fruit Bat By Dan Riskin, Rachel Qiuqi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Riskin, Rachel Qiuqi (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771647854
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greystone Kids - September 13th, 2022

A Golden Age of Picture Books: Shopping Through Our Favorite Books

One of our favorite things to do here in the Brazos Bookstore Treehouse is helping customers buy new picture books. Okay, we love helping you buy all books, but picture books are especially fun for us because we love them so much, for a variety of reasons from story to art to the delight of reading them aloud. Truly, we are in a Golden Age of picture books, with amazing books coming out every week!

Find Waldo Local Returns!

Waldo is hiding in Houston!

Find him at 14 local businesses throughout the month of July!

 

HOW TO PLAY

Visit the local businesses listed below and find Waldo hiding in the store from July 1 - July 30. 

Collect the store stamp on your passport every time you find him (passports available at all stores). Every collected stamp enters you to win fantastic prizes at our Find Waldo Local Finale Party!

Our Year(s) of Virtual Events

I say this next sentence with the utmost of caution. It seems that we are finally headed back to in-person store events and in-person school visits this coming Fall, or so the publishers are telling me. Like everything else since March 2020, we'll see how it goes. But for now we are cheering and excited and relieved! Normalcy.

Kids Summer Reading Guide 2022

As summertime comes into full swing we’re looking forward to some amazing new reads! Check out our Summer Reading Guide for 2022 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! 

Kid's Summer Bookmark Contest 2022!

We give out a LOT of bookmarks here at Brazos, and we are always looking for new ideas for their design. This spring we’re asking kids to lend their artistic expertise to our annual Bookmark Contest! The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 27, 2022. We’ll announce the winners at our Summer Reading Kick Off Party!

 

In Memory of Paula Cohen

One of the things I love most about my job as Children’s Programming Director here at Brazos is creating wonderful author events for all authors, but particularly for debut authors. There is such a happy magic in celebrating the arrival of a new book, letting people know why we at the store love it, putting it in customers’ hands. This is especially satisfying when it’s a book I particularly love or which I feel a personal connection to in some way.

Big Dreams, Small Fish By Paula Cohen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781646141265
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Levine Querido - March 1st, 2022

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