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The Brazos Kids Holiday Catalogue 2022

We are so very excited to introduce our Holiday Kids’ List! There’s something here for everyone, for all tastes and interests – from our youngest readers to middle schoolers – because we all know that a good book crosses all age lines!

All these books are available in the store and online now. All orders are available for curbside pickup, in-store pickup, or shipping!

Acorn Reading Society 2023

Have a hard time keeping up with that voracious young reader in your life? Want to shower a new baby with books for their first year? Looking for the perfect gift for Brazos fans out of town? Let us do the work for you!

 

The Texas Bluebonnet List 2023-2024

The Texas Library Association has officially announced their list for the 2023-2024 Bluebonnet Award! You can find their list here on the Brazos website!

Each year, 20 books are chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Schools and libraries around the state participate in the program, encouraging students to read a minimum of five books from the list. In January, students vote for their favorite title and the books with the most votes win!


 

Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood By Kwame Mbalia (Editor) Cover Image
By Kwame Mbalia (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593379936
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delacorte Press - August 3rd, 2021

Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky By Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Daniel Minter (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984894366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 15th, 2022

Gladys the Magic Chicken By Adam Rubin, Adam Rex (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593325605
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

Haven: A Small Cat's Big Adventure By Megan Wagner Lloyd Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536216578
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - August 16th, 2022

Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards By Meghan P. Browne, Carlynn Whitt (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Meghan P. Browne, Carlynn Whitt (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593173275
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Studio - June 22nd, 2021

Invisible: A Graphic Novel By Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gabriela Epstein (Illustrator) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338194548
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - August 2nd, 2022

Leave It to Plum! By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063079168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - June 7th, 2022

Once Upon a Tim By Stuart Gibbs, Stacy Curtis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stuart Gibbs, Stacy Curtis (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534499256
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2022

Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs By Pam Muñoz Ryan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484728352
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - February 15th, 2022

Tales to Keep You Up at Night By Dan Poblocki, Marie Bergeron (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dan Poblocki, Marie Bergeron (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593387474
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Workshop - August 16th, 2022

The Beatryce Prophecy By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536213614
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

The Dirt Book: Poems About Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet By David L. Harrison, Kate Cosgrove (Illustrator) Cover Image
By David L. Harrison, Kate Cosgrove (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823438617
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holiday House - June 8th, 2021

The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063084087
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 10th, 2022

The Last Beekeeper By Pablo Cartaya Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063006553
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - July 12th, 2022

The Last Mapmaker By Christina Soontornvat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204957
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2022

The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale By Charly Palmer, Charly Palmer (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Charly Palmer, Charly Palmer (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374313289
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 4th, 2022

The Marvellers By Dhonielle Clayton, Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250174949
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 3rd, 2022

The Polter-Ghost Problem By Betsy Uhrig Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665916103
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 30th, 2022

Thirst By Varsha Bajaj Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593354391
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - July 19th, 2022

Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott By Joyce Scott, Brie Spangler, Melissa Sweet, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525648116
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 8th, 2021

UFO's, Misfits, and Writing Journeys: An Interview with Julie Buxbaum

Sometimes you pick up a book not knowing what to expect and find yourself absolutely sucked in—that kind of "can’t put it down" feeling that doesn’t always happen but when it does, wow! That’s how I’ve been with Julie Buxbaum’s YA novels, especially her wonderful Hope and Other Punchlines, which is moving and funny, heartwarming and thoughtful, and honestly, everything I want in a YA contemporary novel.

The Area 51 Files By Julie Buxbaum, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Julie Buxbaum, Lavanya Naidu (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780593429464
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Delacorte Press - September 13th, 2022

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
$18.99
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: Unlikely to Be Available
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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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) 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: On Our Shelves 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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 6th, 2015

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Illustrated Edition 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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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: BACKORDERED
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!

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