November Book Bites

Valerie Koehler, owner of the Blue Willow Bookshops, shares her favorites, visit

Our House is on Fire: Greta Thunberg’s Call to Save the Planet 
by Jeanette Winter 

The story of a 15-year old girl’s fight to get the message out to adults that they should take action to save life on earth.

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World 
by Kathy MacMillan & Manuela Bernardi 

At the touch of a button, readers can hear the voices of poet Maya Angelou, activist Malala Yousafzai, scientist Temple Grandin and others.

People of Peace: 40 Inspiring Icons 
by Sandrine Mirza 

Dreamers, leaders, fighters for our rights…in this fact packed book readers meet 40 amazing activists for peace: King, Gandhi, Mandela and others.

Start Now! You Can Make a Difference 
by Chelsea Clinton 

Clinton breaks down the concepts of health, hunger, climate change, endangered species and buy purinethol, and offers kids guidance on making the world a better place.

Heroism Begins With Her 
by Winifred Conkling

The author provides brief biographies of 72 brave women who served in the United States military from the Revolutionary War to the present.

I Am Malala (Young Reader’s Edition) 
by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick 

An international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Malala tells her story of growing up in a war-torn area of Pakistan.

Just Mercy (Young Reader’s Edition) 
by Bryan Stephenson 

In this adaptation of his acclaimed bestseller, lawyer and social advocate Stevenson describes the challenges of working with our broken justice system.

Local Authors

Rounding Home: A Memoir of Love, Betrayal, Heartbreak, and Hope with an Intimate Look into Raising a Child with Severe Autism
by Sarah Swindell

Sarah, wife of former Houston Astro’s player Greg Swindell recounts her life as a mother to three daughters and an autistic son. 

Silly Shoes: Poems to Make You Smile
by Lawson Gow

A book of light-hearted poetry that will leave your little ones giggling.

Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee
by Tonya Duncan Ellis

This book series follows Sophie a diverse set of kids in suburban Houston with a local Texas twist – rodeos, alligators, hurricanes and more!