PROFESSOR ASTRO CAT'S ATOMIC ADVENTURE by Dominic Walliman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Readers may pick up a few 'factoroids' along the way, but more systematic tours are available for the booking. (glossary/index) (Informational picture book. 9-11)"
Space-suited science guide Astro Cat leads a tour of physics, from molecules to the multiverse. Read full book review >
BEST FRIENDS FOR NEVER by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"In the end the book feels as though it needed a couple more drafts to pull all its elements into balance. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
Moving to small-town Massachusetts from Brooklyn wasn't easy for 12-year-old narrator Hattie, but she lucked into a group of friends fairly quickly. Read full book review >

LOOK OUT FOR THE FITZGERALD-TROUTS by Esta Spalding
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Here's hoping subsequent volumes find a better balance. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Four children of complicated parentage live in a car on a tropical island and hunt for a place to call home. Read full book review >
MEGALOPOLIS by Cléa Dieudonné
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A bit awkward to follow considering its length and orientation but truly a grand tour. (Novelty. 6-9)"
An extraplanetary visitor's city visit literally unfolds in this unusually formatted panorama. Read full book review >
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD by Laura Bush
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Produced to celebrate the National Park Service's upcoming centenary, a breezy invitation to prospective travelers to 'get out there!' (Picture book. 6-8)"
A family road trip through several national parks transforms young Jane's feelings about missing out on a summer of online fun with her friends. Read full book review >

ART BARN by Sam Williams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"Substitute any of the more realistic and genuinely engaging introductions to preschool routines that are available. (Board book. 2-4)"
Busy art featuring cartoonish stuffed animals introduces young children to typical preschool activities in whimsical Noah's Park, a sort of combination theme park and preschool. Read full book review >
THE INQUISITION by Taran Matharu
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A fast-paced, familiar tale with strong echoes of Tolkien, Pullman, and Pokémon. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
An underdog and his unlikely companions go to war in this sequel to The Novice (2015). Read full book review >
MORE-IGAMI by Dori Kleber
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A gem. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Joey loves things that fold, like maps, his accordion, and even his foldaway bed, so when he sees a classmate's mother folding an origami crane, he's captivated. Read full book review >
BABY ANIMALS DAY & NIGHT by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2016

"A simple book with interesting possibilities for repeated reading, especially likely to hold the attention of both babies and their preschool-age siblings. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
As she did in Baby Animals Spots & Stripes (2014) and Baby Animals Black & White (1998), Tildes uses detailed black-and-white illustrations to catch infants' eyes, here highlighting four unusual animals. Read full book review >
DAYTIME VISIONS by Isol
Kirkus Star
by Isol, illustrated by Isol, adapted by Isol, Elisa Amado
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 7, 2016

"A visionary alphabet book that seeks to introduce not only letters, but nuanced narratives to eager, unfettered young minds. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Forget A is for Apple. Here letters appear alongside delightfully ambiguous artwork and phrasing, offering up multitudes of interpretations and variations of story. Read full book review >
MY DAD AT THE ZOO by Coralie Saudo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 7, 2016

"A tongue-in-cheek masterpiece echoing most parents' outings with small children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young boy narrates a trip to the zoo with Dad, but who's the kid and who's the adult? Read full book review >
HICCUPS! by Holly Sterling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2016

"No one ever enjoys this particular affliction, and it's certainly not a new literary device, but young listeners will still gleefully 'Hic! Hic!' hiccup along. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little girl is determined to cure her dog's hiccups. 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 >