Summer Books for Mom

Summer Reads for Mom. There’s something magical about reading a good book, especially if it’s in your favorite lawn chair, curled up in bed, on your packing list for those mornings on the beach or traveling to your vacation destination.

Here are a few good reads for mom:


The Working Mom Blueprint

By Whitney Casares, MD, MPH,FAAP

The careful words encourages working mothers to identify their priorities and align their lives accordingly in this upbeat and practical guide. Millennial moms especially will appreciate the encouragement and sensibility found in this book.



By Matthew McConaughey

The acclaimed published journals of this famous Texan actor is an insight into how are everyday self can influence the outcome of our future self. Inspiring in its simplicity and clarity.



The Woman in the Purple Skirt

by Natsuko Imamura

A novel about a real-life voyeur seems appropriate in the age of social media, The stalker of this novel, a woman who works as a cleaner at a hotel, performs her surveillance in broad daylight, tracking the movements of a seemingly random woman who lives a totally unremarkable life. Why the obsession, then?


The Switch: A Novel

By: Beth O’Leary

Leena and her grandmother Eileen decide to switch lives while Leena grieves the loss of her sister and Eileen looks for a companion after her husband has left her. There are plenty of laughs and poignant moments.


The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel 

By: Laura Dave

Hannah is a woodturner with a thriving business. She has recently married Owen, a top coder for a San Francisco start up. They live on a houseboat in Sausalito with Owen’s teenage daughter Bailey. That’s the backstory. The story starts on page one when Hannah answers the door to a young girl from the school with a note from her husband. It says “Protect her”. Things go from bad to worse.


The Yellow House: A Novel

By: Patricia Falvey

Eileen O’Neill’s family is torn apart by religious intolerance and secrets from the past. Determined to reclaim her ancestral home and reunite her family, Eileen begins working at the local mill, saving her money and holding fast to her dream. Torn between the love of two men, turmoil sets in.


Kids Activity Books

The Big Book of Kids Activities: 500 Projects that Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever

This comprehensive book covers everything from time-tested slime and papercrafting creations to teamwork-building exercises like catapult competitions and human jousting to reading, math, science, and nature activities.


Mud Kitchen Crafts: 60 Awesome Ideas for Epic Outdoor Play

By: Sophie Pickles

Activities for kids to explore, concoct, mix, and measure in the great outdoors using mud kitchen innovation and philosophy. More than just make-believe cooking, mud kitchens use sand, stones, acorns, and moss to build critical thinking and observational skills.


The Easiest Kids’ Crafts Ever: Cute & Colorful Quick-Prep Projects for Busy Families

By: Jacinta Sagona

Alongside safety tips and details for collecting and storing supplies, this treasure trove of 60 effortless projects utilize everyday items like construction paper, folders, sticks, and cartons in adorably unconventional ways to help kid crafters broaden their imaginations and tape into their creative potential.


To check out books, visit the Houston Public Library is now open with limited capacity.