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Brazos Bookmark Contest 2024

Get your pencils, crayons, and markers ready - the Brazos Bookmark Contest is back and better than ever!

Acorn Reading Society 2024

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 2024-2025

The Texas Library Association has officially announced their list for the 2024-2025 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!


Caves By Nell Cross Beckerman, Kalen Chock (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nell Cross Beckerman, Kalen Chock (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338726626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - October 4th, 2022

The Cursed Moon By Angela Cervantes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338814019
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 5th, 2023

Daybreak on Raven Island By Fleur Bradley Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593404645
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2023

The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn By Sally J. Pla Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063268791
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - July 11th, 2023

The Ghost of Spruce Point By Nancy Tandon Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534486126
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Aladdin - August 1st, 2023

How to Stay Invisible By Maggie C. Rudd Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374390334
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - June 27th, 2023

Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better By Glenda Armand, Kim Freeman, Keith Mallett (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593563229
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2023

Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter By Aida Salazar, Molly Mendoza (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Aida Salazar, Molly Mendoza (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338283419
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - March 7th, 2023

Ketanji: Justice Jackson's Journey to the U.S. Supreme Court By Kekla Magoon, Laura Freeman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kekla Magoon, Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063296169
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - June 20th, 2023

The Guardian Test (Legends of Lotus Island #1) By Christina Soontornvat, Kevin Hong (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Christina Soontornvat, Kevin Hong (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338759150
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Scholastic Press - March 7th, 2023

The Mystery of the Monarchs: How Kids, Teachers, and Butterfly Fans Helped Fred and Norah Urquhart Track the Great Monarch Migration By Barb Rosenstock, Erika Meza (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Barb Rosenstock, Erika Meza (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984829566
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

New Dragon City By Mari Mancusi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316376686
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2022

Odder By Katherine Applegate, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250147424
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 20th, 2022

A Rover's Story By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063113923
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 4th, 2022

Shermy and Shake, the Not So Nice Neighbor By Kirby Larson, Shinji Fujioka (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kirby Larson, Shinji Fujioka (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781536219425
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Candlewick - May 9th, 2023

Something Like Home By Andrea Beatriz Arango Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593566183
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2023

Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport By Caren Stelson, Selina Alko (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Caren Stelson, Selina Alko (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541598683
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 7th, 2023

Two Tribes By Emily Bowen Cohen, Emily Bowen Cohen (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062983589
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heartdrum - August 15th, 2023

You Are Here: Connecting Flights By Ellen Oh Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063239081
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Allida - March 7th, 2023

Yuck, You Suck!: Poems about Animals That Sip, Slurp, Suck By Heidi E. y. Stemple, Jane Yolen, Eugenia Nobati (Illustrator) Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781728415666
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - October 4th, 2022

Preorder WITCHLINGS 2: THE GOLDEN FROG GAMES

We couldn't be more excited for the sequel to WitchlingsThe Golden Frog Games! Preorders from Brazos Bookstore will receive a signed bookplate, enamel pin, and coven cards!


The much-anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller and #1 Indie bestseller!

Every four years, the Twelve Towns gather for a legendary magical tournament--the Golden Frog Games.

The Golden Frog Games (Witchlings 2) By Claribel A. Ortega Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338745795
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - May 2nd, 2023


PS: Need to catch up on the series? Purchase your copy of Witchlings below!*

*You MUST preorder a copy of The Golden Frog Games to receive preorder swag


Witchlings By Claribel A. Ortega Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338745535
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - March 7th, 2023

Kid's Summer Bookmark Contest 2023

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 HAS PASSED. Thank you for your beautiful entries. We’ll announce the winners at our Summer Reading Kick Off Party!

 

Brazos Treehouse Spring Break 2023: Exploring Art History!

We've got an incredible lineup for Spring Break 2023! Explore the wonderful world of Art History through our fun programming, including events with community partners like The Printing Museum and Ars Lyrica Houston. Check out our full lineup below!


 

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!

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)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593379936
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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)
$18.99
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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Graphix - August 2nd, 2022

Leave It to Plum! By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$18.99
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 Munoz 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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063084087
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 10th, 2022

The Last Beekeeper By Pablo Cartaya Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063006553
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: HarperCollins - July 12th, 2022

The Last Mapmaker By Christina Soontornvat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204957
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374313289
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 4th, 2022

The Marvellers (The Conjureverse #1) By Dhonielle Clayton, Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250174949
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 3rd, 2022

The Polter-Ghost Problem By Betsy Uhrig Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665916103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$18.99
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
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440400592
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
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: The Classic Fantasy Adventure Series (Official Edition) (Chronicles of Narnia #2) By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
$9.99
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. 

 


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