Valerie Kohler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshop, hand picks books to foster the love of reading in children of all ages. For more of her faves, visit www.BlueWillowBookshop.com.
Why I Hate Green Beans: And Other Confessions
about Relationships, Reality TV, and How We See Ourselves
by Lincee Ray
(Fleming H. Revell Company, February 2018)
Her funny and upbeat stories are all about our struggles and how we handle them. Imagine a group of your friends, laughing and sharing, and understanding you as unique and worthy.
How To Walk Away by Katherine Center
(St. Martin’s Press, May 2018)
Life is going really well for Margaret until an accident changes her life and she must dig deep to face her new circumstances.
The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
(Skyhorse Publishing, May 2015)
Rich in historical detail, this novel is set dramatically against the backdrop of Galveston’s devastating 1900 hurricane
Calling My Name by Liara Tamani
(Harper Collins, October 2017)
Taja is a typical teenager living in Houston with her loving family, questioning her life and her faith.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
(Roaring Brook Press, September 2017)
Viv is a senior in high school who anonymously creates Moxie, a feminist ‘zine that strikes a chord with the girls at her small town Texas school.
This is Our Baby, Born Today by Varsha Bajaj
(Nancy Paulsen Books, August 2016)
Looking for a gift for a new baby? This joyful celebration of a new baby’s arrival reminds us of the community that supports each child.
The Magnificent Mya Tibbs and The Spirit Week Showdown
By Crystal Allen, illustrated by Eda Kaban
(Harper Collins, January 2016)
Meet Mya Tibbs, a spunky new character, who works hard to win Spirt Week events at school despite some challenges.
People of Memorial Park: Stories From Houston’s Favorite Trail
by Stacy Holden
(Advantage, November 2016)
Beautiful photos of many Houstonians who treasure the well-used trail in Memorial Park adorn this coffee table book.
Pleasant Bendy by Dan Worrall
(Concertina Press, 2016)
Learn about our local landscape and what has shaped it in this history of Upper Buffalo Bayou and the San Felipe Trail (includes maps and photographs).
Goodnight Houston by Jennifer and Kyle Solak
Inspired by the iconic children’s book Goodnight Moon, the Solaks describe Houston landmarks in this bedtime book.
Silly Shoes: Poems To Make You Smile by Lawson Gow
(Bright Sky Press, October 2014)
Houstonian Lawson Gow shares common childhood moments through his humorous verse. Readers can relate to belly buttons, Superman, and vegetables!