40 Books You and Your Family Will Love!

At Mary’s Center, we are big fans of reading! Education is a key component of our Social Change Model and we are very proud of our partnership with Briya Public Charter School, which offers excellent programs to help children to become lifelong learners and to set them and their families on the path to educational and economic success.

To celebrate the power of family literacy and help you start your holiday shopping on a literary note, we’ve got some great book recommendations from our staff for every member of your family. We’ve also got a great way for you to share your love of reading with Mary’s Center’s youngest participants!

Here are the books our staff families loved:



Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Shack by William P. Young

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Trail of Echoes: A Detective Elouise Norton Novel by Rachel Howzell Hall



A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

My Name is Shield Woman: A hard road to healing, vision, and leadership by Ruth Scalp Lock with Jim Pritchard

Paula by Isabel Allende

Stalin's Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men by Meg Meeker, M.D.

Take Me with You: A Secret Search for Family in a Forbidden Cuba by Carlos Frías

Ten Restaurants that Changed America by Paul Freedman

The Girls in My Town: Essays by Angela Morales

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes


Pre-Teens, Teenagers and Young Adults

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

The Way Things Work Now by David Macaulay (non-fiction)

We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, A True Story by Josh Sundquist (non-fiction)



Are You My Mother? by Dr. Seuss

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle

Dragons love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

I'm Like You, You're Like Me: A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other by Cindy Gainer

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Our pediatricians give out board books to our youngest participants during their wellness visits to help them develop a love of books. If you’d like to pass on your passion for reading and donate a board book(s) for a child at Mary’s Center’s, click here to see the “wish list” on Amazon. When you order the board books on the wish list, they will be delivered right to our office and go straight into the hands of grateful young patients. It’s that easy! Thank you for your generosity!


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