Woodlands child’s author sends message of inclusivity
As Jane and John Dough prepare pies early at their bakery and coffee shop one morning, Jane’s son Leo asks his mom to “not let things go nuts.” A sign hanging outside says, “All are welcome.” By midday, the shop is busy with life.
That’s how a new children’s book called “Love Love Bakery: A Wild Home is for All” begins. Written by a local mom from The Woodlands—Sara Triana Mitchell, 31—the book takes readers to the “magic of gathering in a bakery and coffee shop where all are welcome.”
“I wrote this book as a celebration for a place I love,” Mitchell said, referring to not only the people and the real-life bakery for whom she based the book on but the community she calls diverse and welcoming.
Based on local Tomball bakers Jane Wild—who’s now the chef at The Dunlavy in Houston—and John Blankemeyer, the 44-page book transports readers to a bakery and coffee shop where “dough rises, coffee brews… there is place for everyone inside.”
“I always wanted to write books that mean something to the readers, something that is important to them,” Mitchell, who lives in Grogan’s Mill, said. “That’s why I like to write: to connect with others. It helps me and I like sharing love and life. It’s the only thing I can’t quit.”
Originally from California, Mitchell later moved to Texas, where she met her husband, Mitch, at Dallas Baptist University. The pair moved to Roswell, New Mexico, briefly after Mitch finished law school. Mitchell has two daughters, 3-year-old Anabelle and 1-year-old Clementine. The family relocated to The Woodlands in 2015.
“My oldest daughter has heard many drafts of the of the book,” Mitchell said. “I think she likes it because its based on a place she knows. A person - Jane - she knows.”
Mitchell said she didn’t set out to write a book with a moral or an agenda despite the message of inclusivity it promotes.
“I am the kind of person who can make room for everyone. I’m a peacemaker,” Mitchell said. “I love to listen to people’s stories and to make people feel seen and loved. I especially love to amplify the stories and voices of marginalized people. That dedication to inclusion and diversity came through in the story. ‘All are welcome’ is the book’s anthem and I think it an important message right now.”
For more information on “Love Love Bakery: A Wild Home is for All,” visit saratrianamitchell.com and lovelovebakery.com.