LINEUP FOR YESTERDAY by Ogden Nash
ABC BOOKS
Released: Dec. 15, 2011

"Not for the casual fan, but a work that can be joyfully shared by young baseball enthusiasts with parents and grandparents, who will add their own memories of favorite players of later eras. Lovingly nostalgic. (Informational picture book/poetry. 9 & up)"
Baseball legends of yesteryear come alive more or less alphabetically in Nash's pithy verses. Read full book review >
A LITTLE BOOK OF ALLITERATIONS by Felix Arthur
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Silly sentences spotlight surprising scenes for sophisticated senses with swagger. (Picture book. 8 & up)"
An alphabet of alliterative sentences, each illustrated with fey drawings. Read full book review >

PAUL THURLBY'S ALPHABET by Paul Thurlby
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Skillfully constructed and cleverly composed, it's an awesome alphabet book that adults will also appreciate. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-7)"
Is there any new way left to present the alphabet? The answer is Yes, as this graphic artist demonstrates when he applies his retro style to the ABCs. Read full book review >
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"A searching doozy for older kids, but for the youngest perusers, it's a developmental dud. (Board book. 3-4) "
If anyone ever embodied a name, it's Mister Doodle. Read full book review >
CONFEDERATE ALPHABET by Rickey E. Pittman
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Entirely inappropriate for children. (song lyrics, timeline) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Aimed less at children and more at Southern sympathizers, this alphabet book is an ill-conceived paean to the Confederacy. Read full book review >

AN ANNOYING ABC by Barbara Bottner
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A is for one awesome, amusing, antic alphabet book. (Alphabet picture book. 4-8)"
What's annoying? Read full book review >
A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS by WOOP Studios
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 7, 2011

"From the mesmerizing cover to the dazzling endpapers, this is a fabulously fascinating work of wondrous words. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
What do you call a group of camels? A caravan. Of cobras? A quiver! Read full book review >
S IS FOR SNOWMAN by Kathy-jo Wargin
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A nice addition to seasonal bookshelves that will find extra use in church-school programs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wargin's latest completes her four-season abecedarian series and relates the wonders of winter to God's goodness. Read full book review >
CAVEMAN by Janee Trasler
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Kids will giggle at this clever ABC (note the B.C. in the subtitle) and will gleefully narrate the action out loud. F stands for FUN here. (Alphabet picture book. 4-7)"
A madcap, prehistoric, alphabetic adventure à la Fred Flintstone. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE I'M FIVE by Valorie Fisher
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2011

"Cheerful, if not exactly essential, fun. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Fisher packs a lot—if not exactly everything, or perhaps not even some of the most important things—into this compendium of basic concepts for young children: letters, numbers up to 20, colors, shapes, opposites, seasons. Read full book review >
ABC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2011

"A basketful of farm-filled fun and learning. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
The subtitle announces the approach of this clever ABC that will inform and entertain kids, whether they are farm savvy or naive. Read full book review >
IF ROCKS COULD SING by Leslie McGuirk
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 24, 2011

"Begs to be pored over again and again. (Alphabet book. 3-10)"
With sharp eyes, endless patience and vivid imagination, McGuirk seeks and finds rocks in the shapes of alphabet letters and items representing those letters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >