Meet Mary-Catherine, Kids Specialist

Hi! I’m Mary-Catherine, the Brazos kids’ specialist.

Reading was a huge part of my life growing up and I’ve never lost my love of children’s literature, from picture books up through young adult. I’m a total idealist, and strongly believe in the power of books to effect positive change in children’s lives. My goal for the children’s section of our store is for every child to see themselves in at least one book on our shelves and that they feel at home when they walk into the kids room.

Some of the most powerful books for me growing up were Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK, Madeline L’Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME series, Sharon Creech’s WALK TWO MOONS, and, of course, HARRY POTTER! Each of these and many, many more taught me how to understand the world around me and deal with the more complicated experiences of adolescence. I also love to laugh, so some of my very favorite kids picks are witty and create opportunities to laugh together.

Since college, I’ve been an avid reader of YA fiction and am a particular fan of anything John Green or David Levithan, particularly WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON. I’ve also recently discovered Rainbow Rowell, and don’t know how I lived without ELEANOR AND PARK in my life until now. I also have a high tolerance for all things ridiculous and YA (love triangles, supernatural creatures, dystopia), and read widely in order to give you the best recommendations possible.

I also find time for grown up books and gravitate towards postcolonial fiction, Middle Eastern and South Asian fiction, and 20th Century American literature. Some favorites of mine include Jeffrey Eugenides, Jhumpa Lahiri, Bharati Mukherjee, Isabel Allende, Sylvia Plath and Khaled Hosseini. I’m also an English major to the core and wannabe English professor, so I love literary theory and particularly the work of Franco Moretti.

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Mary-Catherine’s Kids Book Recommendations

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