SPLASHDANCE by Liz Starin
by Liz Starin, illustrated by Liz Starin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"It's a consciously silly pretense, but discussion possibilities abound, and there's no question it's funny. (Picture book. 4-7)"
After being excluded, a polar bear gets her turn to shine. Read full book review >
CITY SHAPES by Diana Murray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"A visual feast of cityscape shapes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rhyming text and brilliant multimedia collage combine to follow a girl's journey through her beloved city. Read full book review >

GOOSE ON THE FARM by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 21, 2016

"Fans of the other titles in the series will enjoy this run-of-the-farm story, though it lacks the charm of Tad Hill's Duck and Goose books. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The latest book about Sophie and Goose describes an ordinary field trip to a farm. Read full book review >
RUBY ROSE by Rob Sanders
Released: June 21, 2016

"Artistic expression clashes with classroom discipline, and neither is the winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dance should be a 24/7 activity—or so believes one young fan. Read full book review >
NEAR, FAR by Silvia Borando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Entertaining and mind-expanding. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Perception is everything as readers are invited to see animals from close up and afar. Read full book review >

BERTIE WINGS IT! by Leslie Gorin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"A song with sour notes aplenty. (Picture book. 6-8)"
What sort of equipage does a young bird need to take that first flight? Read full book review >
MIRA FORECASTS THE FUTURE by Kell Andrews
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Uneven visuals make this a marginal choice. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A fortuneteller's daughter discovers a talent for meteorology. Read full book review >
HOG IN THE FOG by Julia Copus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"Hooray for Lil and Harry. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Where is Harry the Hog? A goofy crew of animal friends sets out to find him. Read full book review >
FRANK AND LUCKY GET SCHOOLED by Lynne Rae Perkins
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"As with Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith's Math Curse (1995), this book should open readers' eyes to the learning all around them. Of course, if they have learning companions like Lucky, so much the better. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When an unlucky boy and a lost dog find each other, their friendship leads to a lot of learning. Read full book review >
OTTER GOES TO SCHOOL by Sam Garton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"What adventure will Otter have next? (Picture book. 4-8)"
Otter is back, and she knows some "people who aren't as clever as they could be," so it's off to school. Read full book review >
THE BOY WITH THE BIG HAIR by Khoa Le
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"This spin on a familiar comical trope offers some chuckles, but the valuation of conformity over personal choice may leave readers scratching their heads—and maybe wondering where cleanliness, never mentioned, comes in. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An unkempt lad with a deep aversion to combs and brushes learns his lesson when birds take up residence on his head. Read full book review >
THE CLOUD PRINCESS by Khoa Le
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 14, 2016

"There's lots of eye candy in individual scenes, but the storyline is sketchy at best, making the whole rather less than the sum of its parts. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Curiosity about the flowers and animals, cars and buildings far below prompts the lonely Cloud Princess to descend for a closer look. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >