DAYDREAMING by Mark Tatulli
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This almost-wordless picture book will appeal to young children who are experts at 'reading' pictures, but their execution falls short. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Syndicated comic-strip artist Tatulli ("Lio" and "The Heart of the City") translates his signature style into a debut picture book about the power of imagination. Read full book review >
FRAZZLED by Booki Vivat
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A hilarious Asian-American heroine guaranteed to provoke laughs—not anxiety. (Fiction. 8-13)"
Abbie Wu, Chinese-American preteen and worrywart, is doomed. Read full book review >

A LITTLE TASTE OF POISON by R.J.  Anderson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"With its ornate, Regency-esque setting and intricate plot packed with mysterious twists and turns (plus a few serious themes), this sequel is part melodrama, part comedy, and all-around good fun. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this sequel to A Pocket Full of Murder (2015), Isaveth's magical invention having proved vastly profitable for Glow-Mor, the company president rewards her with a scholarship to exclusive Tarreton College, where she excels at Sagery but is snubbed by its aristocratic students. Read full book review >
THE ELDERS by Inbali Iserles
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A magical adventure with thrills, heartbreak, and an endearing heroine, this will please series fans and leave them poised for the next. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A young fox travels alone through the wilderness in search of her missing brother. Read full book review >
ANIMALS by Ingela P. Arrhenius
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This title will most likely be appreciated as an artifact in its own right or used as a talking point for discussion about these mostly familiar animals. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A striking poster album of animals. Read full book review >

HOW TO TRACK A TRUCK by Jason Carter Eaton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"These trucks are stuck in a concept that isn't up to speed, with a plot that ultimately sputters and runs out of gas. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An Asian boy named Mike narrates a guide to finding and taming a truck as an unusual type of pet. Read full book review >
LEGO POP-UP by Matthew Reinhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Inspiring fare for paper crafters and Lego-manes alike. (Pop-up informational picture book. 7-10)"
A soaring 3-D tribute to "the world's most beloved toy." Read full book review >
HAVE YOU SEEN MY TRUMPET? by Michaël  Escoffier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Who's going to love it? Anyone with a keen eye and love of words. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The masters of picture-book wordplay have spawned a new challenge. Read full book review >
FLY GUY'S NINJA CHRISTMAS by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Coming up with an easy-to-read, original Christmas story with a funny plot is a tall order, but the addition of the popular ninja theme sends this one soaring. (Early reader. 4-8)"
Fly Guy buzzes in for his 16th outing, with a funny story combining ninja magnetism with the arrival of Santa, all wrapped up in a sparkly, silver cover. Read full book review >
THE NUTCRACKER by Niroot Puttapipat
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat, adapted by Kate Davies
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An exquisite interpretation with its own magical transformation. (Pop-up picture book. 4 & up)"
Puttapipat continues his stellar series of illustrated Christmas classics with this fresh look at the beloved ballet story, using a design similar to his memorable versions of The Night Before Christmas (2007) and Jingle Bells (2015). Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS STORY by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"This memorable interpretation will appeal to collectors of pop-up books and Christmas stories and to Christian families who would like a special version of the Nativity story to share on Christmas Eve. (Pop-up picture book/religion. 4 & up)"
The renowned paper engineer offers a retelling of the Nativity story. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS EVE TREE by Delia Huddy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Attractive illustrations fail to save an ultimately unsatisfying story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A small, crooked fir tree becomes a Christmas tree for a homeless boy and then grows into a huge and healthy tree in a park. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >