BEST FRINTS IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE by Antoinette Portis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Cosmically delightful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Occasional disagreements and the need to mend a friendship are universal challenges. Read full book review >
INSECTS by Seymour Simon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Informative and appealing—but flawed. (index, websites) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A photo essay invites young readers to explore the world of insects. Read full book review >

THE EXTREMELY GREEDY DRAGON by Jessica Barrah
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Pleasant if unexceptional. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The way to a dragon's heart is through his stomach. Read full book review >
LION LESSONS by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"A jubilant romp fit for a lion. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Being a lion demands hard work. Read full book review >
THE FORGETFUL KNIGHT by Michelle Robinson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 5, 2016

"Kids will love this quirky quest and its uproariously unreliable narrator. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A forgetful knight goes to battle against the dragon that stole his horse. Read full book review >

GRIMELDA by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 4, 2016

"Mess-makers will revel in Grimelda's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children with messy rooms are sure to empathize with Grimelda, and they will see the twist at the end coming a mile away, to their parents' chagrin. Read full book review >
MONSTER TRUCKS by Anika Denise
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Monster-truck fans won't want to miss this Halloween showdown. (Picture book. 4-8)"
These monster trucks really are monsters, and their race is sure to get cheering children on the edges of their seats. Read full book review >
ENZO'S VERY SCARY HALLOWEEN by Garth Stein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Though his story is a bit wordy (but well-suited to a read-aloud), few will be able to resist Enzo's charm. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Traffic may not daunt the race car-chasing dog, but Halloween certainly does. Read full book review >
PAINTING IN THE DARK by Rachelle Burk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Despite bumps, informative as well as inspiring. (afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
An illuminating portrait of a self-taught Turkish artist who, despite being blind from birth, has become an internationally known painter. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Simplistic at best, misleading at worst, and addressed mostly to grown-ups, notwithstanding the picture-book format. (select print and web resources) (Informational picture book. 3-8)"
Two clinical child psychologists reinterpret a dozen childhood minirebellions as requests for information on topics from bathing and bedwetting to the titular veggies. Read full book review >
MAYA ANGELOU by Lisbeth Kaiser
by Lisbeth Kaiser, illustrated by Leire Salaberria, translated by Raquel Pitt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Stirring encouragement for all 'little people' with 'big dreams.' (Picture book/biography. 5-7)"
"There's nothing I can't be," young Maya thinks, and then shows, in this profile for newly independent readers, imported from Spain. Read full book review >
THE COWARDLY LION by Bingbo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2016

"Sweet but not entirely successful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A Chinese import that has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz despite its title asks, will friendship help banish fear? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >