Bookshelf

EVERYBODY LOVES GRACE   Book 2

EVERYBODY LOVES GRACE Book 2
By Katy McQuaid

The second book from Everybody Loves Grace offers readers two main insights – good things happen on the “trails less traveled” and the journey is an important part of every adventure! These true stories are written from the perspective of Katy McQuaid’s dog, Grace. It’s a fun, light, and humorous approach while addressing some of the most challenging situations people encounter in life.

Ages: For Children Ages 6 to 10

EVERYBODY LOVES GRACE   Book 1

EVERYBODY LOVES GRACE Book 1
By Katy McQuaid

This true story will capture your heart as it moves you from laughter to tears and teaches how to believe in the power of love. This is a story of one dog’s ability to love unconditionally and maintain her courage through periods of uncertainty. It’s a story that you will want to go on forever and ever. Everyone Loves Grace gives children of all ages wonderful strategies for moving through the major life events they will encounter.

Ages: For Children Ages 6 to 10

change your brain,  change your life

change your brain, change your life
By Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

Are you heading back to school after a long break and need a refresher to get more done in less time? With schools becoming more competitive and technology becoming increasingly distracting, today’s students face a minefield of obstacles to academic success. Doing well in school isn’t just a matter of smarts or more studying: It takes good habits, practical tools—and a healthy brain.

Ages: For College Students and Adults

The New Girl Code

The New Girl Code
By Niki Smit

This book tells the story of 15 year-old Charlie, who discovers her love for coding and most importantly, herself, as she enters her Sophomore year of high school. Charlie is about to break barriers that was once for boys only, in the area of technology. When she discovers her love of fashion, she notices changes about herself and her friendships. This gives her the confidence to program an app, called The Fashionist.

Ages: For Ages 8-15

Happy Campers

Happy Campers
By Audrey Monke

It has been proven through research that kids are happier and gain essential social and emotional skills while at summer camp. Author, Monke, distills what she’s learned from thousands of interactions with campers, camp counselors, and parents, and from her research-based practices of summer camp. This book will help parents with 9 Summer Camp secrets for raising kids who become thriving adults.

Ages: For Parents

I’m Just Happy to Be Here

I’m Just Happy to Be Here
By Janelle Hanchett

Janelle Hanchett speaks to the “imperfect” mother: the one who isn’t simply overcome by joy after having a child, who longs for normalcy but cannot maintain it. With shameless transparency, Hanchett illustrates that not all women are natural-born mothers, and many will have to make peace with the fact that they will never get it quite right. Now sober, still married, Hanchett reveals with brutal honesty and heart-rending prose the power of imperfection, love, family and ultimately, motherhood.

Ages: For Moms

An Appetite for Life

An Appetite for Life
By Clare Llewellyn, PhD and Hayley Syrad, PhD

This is a book that debunks the common myths about a child’s appetite. The first 1,000 days of a baby’s life, from conception to second birthday, are considered the most influential days of an infant’s development. What babies consume during this time has a lasting impact on their appetite. In this book, parents and caregivers will not only better understand their child’s appetite but will also be armed with the most recent scientific insights to help their child develop healthy eating habits – for life!

Ages: For Parents

Da Vinci’s Way

Da Vinci’s Way
By Robin Stevens Payes

Charlie Morton, girl inventor extraordinaire, is determined to hack time. When her model for a time machine accidentally ignites, Charley is sent whirling back 500 years, coming-face-to-face with her Renaissance idol, Leonardo da Vinci. It’s a perfect scenario for the Renaissance-girl-wannabe. Until the news, that her mother is gravely ill.

Ages: For Middle-Grade Readers

Edge of Yesterday

Edge of Yesterday
By Robin Stevens Payes

A serial science fiction story and web platform designed to blow young minds, tap creative juices, and explore the truths our stories are telling us IRL. With an ultimate aim to nurture a growth mindset, a learning foundation that will increase young people’s capacity for learning, instill purpose and help them remain motivated in the face of life’s most difficult challenges.

Ages: For Middle-Grade Readers

How to be a Supervillain

How to be a Supervillain
By Michael Fry

After trying to be the supervillain his diabolical parents always wanted, Victor Spoil hung up his cape. He wanted to follow his own dream of becoming a librarian. As a nice guy that likes quiet and order, Victor knows he will be happy reading books for the rest of his life. UNTIL, his library is suddenly attacked by robot ninjas and he sees his boss leap into battle! Is he a good guy or a supervillain?

Ages: For kids

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach
By Mary Kay Andrews

Drue Campbell’s life and career has recently been derailed. Her mother recently died, and her father turns up at the funeral unexpectedly. Drue doesn’t know whether to be grateful or resentful that he has suddenly reappeared. The only thing she has left is the house her mother left her. A ramshackle beach bungalow with a missing roof in the once-sleepy town of Sunset Beach, which is rapidly becoming a hot spot for the rich and well-heeled, and they are none too pleased about the shabby eyesore in their perfect neighborhood.

Ages: For Adults and Young Adults

Once Upon a Paper Doll

Once Upon a Paper Doll
By Hannah A. Stevenson

Features 18 cardstock dolls to color, cut out, and dress up in 46 color-your-own outfits! Send Cinderella to the Ball, explore Wonderland with Alice; help Little Red Riding Hood escape the big bad Wolf and more! The outfits include inspiration from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel. You just color them, cut them out, dress them up, and start playing!

Ages: For kids

Mario and the Aliens

Mario and the Aliens
By Carolina Zanotti

Little Mario is a computer geek who is on the computer all day and night. Suddenly he hears a commotion in the back yard; the aliens have landed. These creatures have heard about all the cool things that earth kids do to play, and they want to have fun too! Even though Mario doesn’t know anything about riding a bike or playing tag or hide-a-seek, he soon learns with his alien friends. Satisfied the aliens return to their planet and Mario learns the joys of playing outdoors.

Ages: For kids

Project Smoke

Project Smoke
By Steven Raichlen

Project Smoke is the How to Grill of smoking foods. It's a complete step-by-step guide on smoked food. Master smoke gear and techniques, and understand how different woods impact flavor. Savor a collection of 100 explosively flavorful recipes like Porkstrami, Cherry Glazed Baby Back Ribs, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. Enjoy gorgeous full-color photographs that inspire hunger at every glance!

Ages: For Cooks

The new rules of  the sisterhood

The new rules of the sisterhood
By Janet Bernstein

The time has come, ladies! For too long, we believed there weren’t enough seats at the table and women are competition. This authentic and outspoken author challenges those beliefs and encourages us (through humor, common sense and a little sarcasm) that we need our sisters and creating healthy relationships with them is possible. Her new ’rules’ are what we need to change the conversations and start rebuilding the sisterhood.

Ages: For Women

THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER

THE OVERDUE LIFE OF AMY BYLER
By Kelly Harms

What happens when an overworked, underappreciated single mother of two gets an opportunity to spend a week away from reality in NYC? And, what happens when this rare gift of personal freedom, self-reflection, and fun comes to an end? This delightful and empowering new novel is about a middle-aged woman’s much needed Momspringa! (A period of time when moms are given more personal freedom and time away from the demands of daily life, including their children, so they can recharge and reconnect with themselves as human women.)

Ages: For Women

The Little Book of  Foster Care Wisdom

The Little Book of Foster Care Wisdom
By Dr. John DeGarmo

This beautiful devotional is filled with inspiration, including 365 days’ worth of daily tips, inspirational quotes, motivational short stories and anecdotes. Dr. John DeGarmo, director of The Foster Care Institute, with his wife, Dr. Kelly DeGarmo share their experiences to inspire other foster parents.

Ages: For Families

making your own greeting cards and gift wrap

making your own greeting cards and gift wrap
By Vivienne Bolton

This “crafty” book shows how to make impressive cards, boxes, bags, tags, wrapping paper and envelopes. With more than 50 fun and unique projects that use all of the wonderful materials now available to card-makers including stickers, transfers, napkins, wire,… and more. Go ahead, get your “craft” on! You may never need to buy a card again!

Ages: For Moms

I’M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU

I’M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU
By Camille Pagan

In this book, writer Camille Pagan brings to light the unspoken rules of womanhood: that you must measure your pain against other people’s before admitting it exists. “If yours is not as serious as the person sharing theirs, you’re expected to swallow your feelings, paste on a smile, and remind yourself how very lucky you are,” explains Pagan. Readers will see how this rule plays out for two women, best friends who become so good at hiding their pain that those closest to them don’t know anything’s wrong.

Ages: For Women

the boar named bob

the boar named bob
By Cole Barker

Bob is a boar who loves to play in the mud. When Bob meets Freddy the frog, there is even more fun to be had in the mud with his new friend. That is, until Bob smells corn and gets caught in a hog trap! Bob and Freddy learn about teamwork, friendship, and overcoming obstacles in The Boar Named Bob. This book was written and illustrated in 1992 by ten-year-old Cole Barker. Cole lived his life to the fullest. Cole’s life ended in 2017 at age thirty-five while skiing in the Colorado Rockies. The book was brought to his family by his fifth-grade teacher when she attended his memorial service.

Ages: For Families

Seraphina Does EVERYTHING

Seraphina Does EVERYTHING
By Milissa Gratias

Young Seraphina through her various hobbies, clubs, sports, etc., finds herself overwhelmed and underprepared to succeed in her jam-packed schedule of activities. With a little help from her father, Seraphina learns that being selective about the opportunities she chooses will help her create a beautiful, balanced life. She finds that her activities do not define her, because everything she needs is already within her. Helpful resources for parents and educators!

Ages: For Families

unlikely friendships

unlikely friendships
By Jennifer S. Holland

Unlikely Friendships and Unlikely Loves, reveal the surprising emotional bonds that exist between animals of different species. Ms. Holland has opened our eyes to the rich inner lives of animals, showing us that the power of love and friendship is not for humans only. In Unlikely Heroes, she uncovers and celebrates yet another side of animals that we often think belongs primarily to people—heroism, that indefinable quality of going above and beyond. Like the pod of dolphins who protected swimmers in New Zealand from a great white shark by forming a screen around them. WOW!

Ages: For Families

Shaking Things Up

Shaking Things Up
By Susan Hood

Readers will meet Mary Anning, who at thirteen unearthed a prehistoric fossil. And Ruby Bridges, the brave six year old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial. And those are just a few. All these stories will enthrall and inspire the reader. And you will love the poetry collection too!

Ages: For Families

VIRAL PARENTING

VIRAL PARENTING
By Mindy McKnight

A parenting guide for raising responsible, safe, and communicative kids in the digital world; while offering a savvy perspective toward privacy. Mindy shares all the tools she uses to establish family rules for kids of all ages about bullying, respectfulness, privacy and family time. With the use of real cell phone contracts, example allowance agreements, and other tangible solutions to real-life problems, Mindy provides answers to the tough parenting questions in a step-by-step approach.

Ages: For Families

Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Challenges

Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Challenges
By Garth Sundem

We believe that young people can change the world. How about you? This book features 30 inspiring true stories from around the world of kids who have overcome obstacles to create success for themselves. You will discover, in these true stories, that young people from around the world have persevered in the face of extreme challenges. For instance, Soosan Firooz broke barriers to become Afghanistan’s first female rapper and speaks out about the oppression and hardships women in her country must overcome. Kelvin Doe in Sierra Leone built his own radio station despite a lack of resources.

Ages: For Families

Gardening with EMMA

Gardening with EMMA
By Emma Biggs

Gardening is a fantastic way to get kids outdoors, encourage nature exploration, and connect them to the cultivation of their own food. And who better to guide them than another kid! Thirteen-year-old Emma Biggs shares her passion for fun-infused growing in her new book, Gardening with Emma, a kid-to-kid guide to growing healthy food and raising the coolest, most awesome plants. Emma offers a range of practical, entertaining advice and inspiration. Plus the photography and illustrations are amazing!

Ages: For Families

Step OUT, Step UP, Step FORWARD: How to Walk in Your Purpose

Step OUT, Step UP, Step FORWARD: How to Walk in Your Purpose
By Lori L. Dixon

If your life was a story, what would it say? Would it be about pain or purpose, tragedy or triumph, loss or love? We each have a choice in the story we tell. Learn to embrace and overcome your challenges through the focus of wholeness in mind, body, and spirit. Now is the greatest, most important time of your life. This journey is yours; you may struggle and fall, but you’ll learn to honor the steps taken, and live each day transformed. Lori’s mission is to empower you to re-envision your life, embrace your authentic self and to walk your path with intention and grace.

Ages: For Women & Men

adventures in the garden

adventures in the garden
By Patricia Zapata

This delightful coloring book takes young coloring enthusiasts beneath the flowers and under the leaves to a world of beauty and delight. Illustrations depict young people tending the garden, playing games, and finding shelter below larger-than life plants. Colorists need only bring their creativity and imagination, along with a few pencils or whatever you prefer, to finish the art with color. Hey, Moms! Not just for kids.

Ages: For Families

Dog Diaries

Dog Diaries
By James Patterson, with Steven Butler

Dog Diaries is a story for young readers through the eyes of Rafe Khatchadorian’s misbehaving mutt, Junior! When rule-breaking Rafe has to train his new dog in obedience school, you know things are about to get really ruff! Author, James Patterson, received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community from the National Book foundation. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers!

Ages: For Kids

Love

Love
By Stacy McAnulty

Illustrated with a diverse cast of characters, McAnulty’s uplifting story shows that love comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Enjoy the contrast between the text and colorful art as stereotypes are turned on their heads with “Love calls for bouquets of flowers” accompanied with an image of a young boy giving a hand-picked bundle to his sick grandfather, and “designer greeting cards” shows a little boy painstakingly drawing a card my hand. All kinds of love are celebrated within these pages.

Ages: For Families

Cupid on Trial

Cupid on Trial
By Brian Jory, Ph.D.

If you have ever fallen in love, struggled with love, or faltered in love; Cupid on Trial will speak to your heart and change the way you feel about yourself and someone you love. There is uncertainty that stems from cultural shifts that have radically transformed views about love, intimacy, and more. It may be time to restructure old-fashioned perspectives and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to love someone, and ourselves, in the modern world.

Ages: For Adults and Young Adults

Baby, Let’s Eat

Baby, Let’s Eat
By Amy Pixton

Delightful read for parents or older siblings to share with the baby in the house. The INDESTRUCTIBLES® are built for the way babies “read”: with their hands and mouths. Printed on a unique paper-like material that is nontoxic, washable and rip-proof. Yep, they can hold up against anything little ones can throw at it, spill on it, or drag it through. Home Baby, Let’s Eat explores new tastes and colors in a format babies can munch on, from tasty yellow cheese to yummy kiwis.

Ages: For Families

Seven at Sea

Seven at Sea
By Erik Orton & Emily Orton

Meet the Orton family – who decided to travel the world with their five children. This book takes you along for the ride as the Ortons experience the challenges and joys of a year at sea on a sailboat. They share the very concrete issues they faced – finances, schooling, how to sail a boat - in this engaging and authentic read. This book may remind us that our lives are what we make them, and that we should all have the courage to seek our dream lives whatever they may be.

Ages: For Families

The Emotional Life of the Toddler

The Emotional Life of the Toddler
By Alicia F. Lieberman

Dr. Lieberman explains the behaviors of a toddler, many of which defy adult logic, however, makes perfect sense from the viewpoint of a child who is one, two or three years old. Drawing on a lifetime of research and experience on the vast emotional development that takes place during the toddler years, Dr. Lieberman provides humor, solace, and invaluable guidance to parents facing one of the most trying phases of parenting.

Ages: For Adult Parents

Mastering Adulthood

Mastering Adulthood
By Lara E. Fielding, PsyD

In this book the reader is equipped with more than just the essential tools of self-awareness and emotional self-care. This book prepares them to face the challenges of adult life. The journey in this book is like a treasure map of finding what a life beyond adulting means to young adults, and the skills they need to get moving in the right direction. Delving into the deeply emotional aspects of growing up, Dr. Fielding offers more than an entertaining how-to book on becoming an adult!

Ages: For Young Adults

Memory Making Mom

Memory Making Mom
By Jessica Smartt

Jessica Smartt, blogger and homeschooling mom of three, shares her family’s journey out of monotony, distraction, and busyness to a life of making lasting memories and how families can take their memories – together with old and new traditions to literally breathe life into their homes. In Memory Making Mom, the author highlights ten tradition-gifts that kids need most and includes a rich resource of two hundred-plus unique traditions.

Ages: For families

the parenting project

the parenting project
By Dr. Amy Alamar & Dr. Kristine Schlichting

In a world full with influences, this book will show you how, through the practice of daily conversations, to maintain influence in your child’s life. Learn how to talk to your child on a regular basis to gain their trust. In a time when kids have many things vying for their attention, you want to become the go-to person, the one they turn to the most for advice and comfort. And you’ll want to be ready for the serious subjects! And this book helps with that too.

Ages: For Parents

body kindness

body kindness
By Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN

Imagine a graph with two lines. One line tracks happiness and the other tracks how you feel about your body. For millions of women these lines never intersect, however, it doesn’t have to be that way. Body Kindness is a loving, practical, inspirational, and visually lively book that shows how to change poor health habits using incremental alterations to bring together those two lines. Learn the science behind cognitive change, and more. It’s an anti-diet book.

Ages: For Women

Strong Is the New Pretty

Strong Is the New Pretty
By Kate T. Parker

Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 150 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100 percent themselves. This book conveys a powerful message for every girl, every mother and father of a girl, for every coach, mentor and teacher.

Ages: For All Ages

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins
By P.L. Travers

An exquisite flagship gift edition of an iconic classic. When Mary Poppins arrives at their house on a gust of the East Wind and slides up the bannister, Jane and Michael Banks’s lives are turned magically upside down. First published in 1964, Mary Poppins has been delighting readers ever since, both in books and on film. This stunning deluxe edition is published ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated Disney film Mary Poppins Returns.

Ages: For All Ages

The Hand Me Down Toy Shop

The Hand Me Down Toy Shop
By Susan Murray

Crafted from the boundless imagination of Susan Murray, ‘The Hand Me Down Toy Shop’ takes children into the life of a little girl riddled with poverty. As her close relationship with a village school teacher brings both rich and poor together to prove no adversity is undefeatable. It’s heart-warming and beautiful; a reminder that no child should be denied a happy life.

Ages: For Children of all Ages

He Could Be Another Bill Gates

He Could Be Another Bill Gates
By Donna Levin

Donna Levin writes an anticipated novel about everyday life. Levin masterfully crafts a romantic and funny story revolved around single-mom Anna Kagen, who, alone, is caring for her two children; Jack, a 16-year-old with Asperger’s, and Marissa, a witty and “gifted” 5-year old, Anna does run into an old acquaintance, Jason, a sweet man who also parents an autistic child.

Ages: For Adults and Young Adults

Prediabetes: A Complete  Guide

Prediabetes: A Complete Guide
By Jill Weisenberger

When prediabetes threatens your healthy future, it’s up to you to reset your lifestyle. Of course, unforeseen obstacles could derail your progress. Registered dietitian nutritionist and author Jill Weisenberger introduces the HURDLE method and offers solutions for four obstacles you might face along your journey to better health.

Ages: For Families

Namaste The Hard Way: A Daughter’s Journey

Namaste The Hard Way: A Daughter’s Journey
By Sasha-Brown-Worsham

A moving and profound story; one that resonates with you long after reading it. The Author’s mom died when she was 16 years old, and it was after her death that she began to appreciate her mother’s bravery and the profound role that yoga would play in her adult life.

Ages: For Adults

The Emotion Code:

The Emotion Code:
By Dr. Bradley Nelson

Author of the bestselling book “The Emotion Code,” Dr. Nelson has spent 29 years as a holistic physician and international lecturer on natural healing. He has trained thousands of practitioners worldwide to identify and release “trapped emotions” – the baggage we carry around from past trauma that damages our health and relationships. Getting rid of your trapped emotions can help you overcome the obstacles of your past and bring new life to your marriage, family, and other personal relationships.

Ages: For Adults

The Gifted Journey

The Gifted Journey
By Stephanie Moore

The Gifted Journey is for anyone questioning their direction in life, including those about to apply for colleges, those just starting out in their careers, downsizing statistics, or those who are simply unhappy with their current path and need some course correction. Each of these situations can be a powerful catalyst to seeking change, and the five steps in The Gifted Journey can help readers uncover their gifts and put them to work.

Ages: For Young and Older Adults

Give to Get: A Senior Leader’s Guide to Navigating Corporate Life

Give to Get: A Senior Leader’s Guide to Navigating Corporate Life
By Vishal Agarwal

If you are looking to master the corporate culture, then this book is for you. No matter your age, you will benefit from Agarwal’s perspective of the corporate journey. Agarwal shares information like “the C-Suite Cheat-Sheet, New guy navigation, Find your compass and more! There is not a manual on corporate life; so read about the essential lessons from Vishal Agarwal!

Ages: For Adult Readers

Finding Langston

Finding Langston
By Lesa Cline-Ransome

A fast read for a middle grade reader. Stories are important to learn, and some change lives. When the young Langston’s mother dies, his father moves them from rural Alabama to Chicago’s brown belt. Langston finds the local public library that becomes a respite for him. While looking for books, he discovers another Langston, a poet. He learns that this poet actually inspired his mother to name her only son with the same name!

Ages: For Ages 8-12

Secret Dallas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Secret Dallas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure
By Mark Stuertz

Hey, how about a trip through the weird, the wry, and the wonderfulness of the Big D! Secret Dallas will answer questions about the Big D you never knew you had. Everything from Cockroach Hall of Fame to the ceaseless failed attempts to navigate the Trinity River, to the invention of the computer chip and German chocolate cake! Dallas is the birthplace of the whimsical, the wistful, and the profound.

Ages: For Families